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Rfn Bikas Gurung martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu & Kashmir

4:15 PM

Son of the soil Indian Gorkha Rfn Bikas Gurung Indian Army got martyred during ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera area of Jammu & Kashmir today.

Bikash was a Gorkha Jawan From Manipur.

"Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of mortars on routine Indian Army patrol, 700 metres inside Indian territory in Naushera sector along the Line of Control (LoC) Saturday morning," a senior army officer told PTI.

In the exchange of fire, Rifleman Bikas Gurung of 2/1 Gorka Rifles was grievously injured and succumbed to injuries. The 21-year-old soldier belonged to Khunka Khuki village of Manipur, and is survived by his mother.

May his soul rest in peace and may God give strength and courage to his family and friends.

RIP Brother

Jai Hind Jai Gorkha

India offers to send its Gurkhas to Brunei

7:11 PM

Britain’s last military outpost in the Far East may be at risk amid reports India has offered to send its Gurkhas to protect the Sultanate of Brunei, a role currently performed by the British Army.

The tiny oil-rich sultanate of Brunei was a British protectorate for almost a century, and has continued to pay to host a battalion of British Army Gurkhas since independence in 1984.

But in recent years Brunei has found itself caught up in a struggle between its larger regional neighbours including India and China over the South China Sea.

On an official visit ending on Wednesday, Indian vice-president Mohammad Hamid Ansari signed a bilateral defence agreement involving joint military exercises and training, in part designed to shore up Brunei against Chinese claims on its disputed maritime territory.

Sources present at the meeting told The Indian Express that India had also offered to provide troops including retired soldiers from its own Gurkha Regiment, potentially supplanting the current role of the British Forces Brunei.

The claims will raise fears over the future of a deal in which the Sultan pays tens of millions of pounds annually to support a 1,000-strong British Army presence that informally guarantees his rule.

It comes at a time when the Sultanate is making swingeing defence cuts as its economy reels from plummeting global oil prices.

Officials briefed after the meeting that a team from Brunei would shortly visit India to “identify areas" of cooperation.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman did not deny the reports, but said the proposal was “not a firm offer” and could be limited to provision of bodyguards rather than active military.

India is keen to build stronger ties with many Southeast Asian countries as part of a ‘Look East’ strategy designed to counterbalance China’s expansion in the region.

Energy-hungry India also imports large amounts of oil and gas from Brunei, while the sultanate is home to a 10,000-strong Indian community.

During the Sultan of Brunei’s visit to Chequers last February, David Cameron signed a deal to renew the presence of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Brunei for another five years.

A Number 10 spokesman said at the time: "The PM noted that the garrison enables the UK to provide a permanent presence in South Asia while also providing an opportunity for British forces to undertake extreme environment training.”

Britain keeps a battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Brunei in an agreement with the Sultan, and keeps another battalion in Folkestone.

The Sultanate also has a separate military which includes a reserve Gurkha unit, made mainly of former British Gurkhas who decided to stay on in the country after retiring.

A defence source said it would likely be this reserve force that would be affected by any deal with India.

The source said: "There's absolutely no question that the Royal Gurkha Rifles battalion is going to replaced by Indian Gurkhas."
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "The employment of forces from other countries in Brunei is a matter for the Government of Brunei."

Via DefenceNews

94 year old Gorkha 2nd world war veteran no more

2:02 PM

Mr.Rabi lall Gurung , aged 94 is no more ,he breath his last breathe yesterday night in his own native place at Polok, Borong busty few km from Ravong town Sikkim.

About Mr.Rabi lall Gurung 
He fought 2nd world war as a British Gorkha army , 3rd Gorkha regiment with Germany and other allied Nation, after winning the 2nd world war in 1945 he took VRS from the service. Then he came back to his own native place to help and to uplift the society. Later he worked as a panchayat President, he did lots of work to uplift his village like he established committee school, night school and many more at the time.

He was very keen to work for the society as well as to share his experience like life in army and to give valuable suggestion what he gain from other countries.

Share by Damber S. Gurung(grand son).

Gorkha Rifles to increase recruitment of Gorkha youth of North East

7:16 PM

"There has always been a healthy mix of Nepalese and Indian Gorkha troops in our regiments and there has been a trickle of soldiers who have been recruited from the North East, but now we want to increase the numbers that we get from there," said Lt Gen Thodge.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina 

In order to boost the number of Indian domiciled Gorkha soldiers in the Army, efforts are being made to tap into the Gorkha youth settled in the north eastern parts of the country even as the Army is raising a new battalion of Gorkha troops.

According to Lt Gen Ravi Thodge, Colonel of the Regiment of the First Gorkha Rifles, the first Gorkha regiment to be raised by the British in 1815 and which is celebrating its 200 years of raising here at this quaint British cantonment town in Himachal Pradesh, the Army is looking to increase the number of Gorkha troops in its rank from the North East.

“There has always been a healthy mix of Nepalese and Indian Gorkha troops in our regiments and there has been a trickle of soldiers who have been recruited from the North East, but now we want to increase the numbers that we get from there,” said Lt Gen Thodge. The General is presently posted as Master General of Ordnance in Army Headquarters and is in Subathu to participate in the re-union of Gorkha troops, serving and retired, here at the regimental centre. This will also mark the 200 years of the service of Gorkha soldiers in the Indian Army.

According to Lt Gen Thodge, there is no problem in getting recruits from Nepal and whatever political issues that might exist have had no effect on the number of young men from that country queuing to join the Indian Army’s Gorkha Regiments. ‘There is a significant population of Gorkhas in the North East, particularly in Sikkim, and this number can be increased,” he said.

The Army has been striving to achieve a ratio of 60:40 (Nepalese and Indian troops respetively) in its Gorkha battalions, but this ratio has been dwindling over the years. An officer associated with the 14 Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) in Subathu, home to the First and Fourth Gorkha Rifles, said Indian Gorkha recruits had been joining in large numbers lately. However, there has not been any shortfall in the number of Nepalese youth wanting to join the Indian Army.

Lt Gen Thodge also informed that for the first time in many years a new Gorkha Battalion was being raised and that this new unit is coming up in the First Gorkha Rifles. The 6/1 Gorkha Rifles or Sixth Battalion of First Gorkha Rifles is under raising in Subathu and has already been christened as the ‘Kanchi Paltan’ or the youngest battalion of the regiment.

“The new battalions will be raised in other Gorkha regiments too in a phased manner as has been envisaged in the modernisation plan, particularly in those regiments which have only five battalions each,” Lt Gen Thodge said.

More than 100 Gorkha veterans from Nepal have especially come to participate in the 200th annversary celebrations here. Among the veterans is nearly 90 year old British officer, Lt Col JP Cross (retd) who served in the pre-Independence era and is now settled in Nepal.

The First Gorkha Rifles owns its birth to the British victory over Gorkha soldiers at Maluan Fort near Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. The British were so impressed with the valour of the Gorkhas that they decided to raise a Regiment comprising them and the first such unit came up in Subathu in 1815. Since then the First Gorkha Rifles is known as the ‘Malaun Regiment’.

The bicentenary celebrations of the Gorkhas are also being conducted in the British Army and the year long affair will culminate, in India and in the United Kingdom, in April 2016. The three-day celebrations at Subathu were kicked off today with a special Sainik Sammelan addressed by the Colonel of the Regiment.

Source Indian Express

Gorkhas performed khukuri dance in Indo-Pak War golden jubilee

10:12 AM
The soldier displayed their martial arts skills as part of the programme commemorating the golden jubilee of the 1965 Indo-Pak War. A large number of visitors witnessed the performances.

Organised by the Western Command, Sikh soldiers presented gatka while Gorkhas performed khukuri dance during the show “Hamari Army, Hamari Shaan”.
Gorkhas performed khukuri dance in Indo-Pak War golden jubilee
Gorkhas khukuri dance - representational pic 
A military band from the 14 Gorkha Training Centre, Subathu, and pipers and drummers from the Ladakh Scouts were also present on the occasion. A stall disseminating information on the recruitment process in the Army was also set up.

Large hoardings displaying various aspects of the 1965 war, including major campaigns and gallantry award winners, were also put up. A fitness programme, “zumba fitness’, based upon aerobic-like movements was also presented. Weapons and equipment were also displayed.

Lt Gen KJ Singh, General Officer and Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, was the chief guest on the occasion. A large number of serving and retired officers, including Lt Gen Harbhajan Singh, Lt Gen Depinder Singh and Lt Gen KS Bajwa, all veterans of the 1965 war, were present on the occasion.

Source - Tribune News Service

The Gorkhas’ Khukris flashed at Chola in 1967

12:56 AM
Kirantis’ khukris flash at Chola in 1967

"Rifleman Devi Prasad Limbu after finishing off all his ammunition, charged at the Chinese with his Khukri, severing the heads of five of them, before being killed."

In conflict, moral ascendancy over the enemy is an imperative. During World War 2, we had seen how the Indian and British troops systemically demolished the image of the Japanese supermen before driving them out of Burma.

The Gorkhas’ Khukris flashed at Chola in 1967
The Gorkhas’ Khukris
After the demoralising defeat in the 1962 war, Indian troops were thirsting for a chance to get back at the Chinese. In the wake of the engagement with the enemy at Nathu La in Sikkim on September 11, 1967, 7/11 GR, a newly raised battalion, was moved to take over defences in the Chola area.

Here the Chinese were determined to create an ugly incident by staking claim to a territory legitimately under our control. On the morning of October 1, they got into a heated argument with Naib Subedar Gyan Bahadur Limbu, the forward platoon commander over the ownership of a boulder demarcating the boundary.

The JCO was bayoneted and wounded. In the meantime, the Chinese had taken up aggressive positions, escalating the situation. The Gorkhas’ Khukris flashed and the arms of the JCO’s assailant were chopped off.

Section commander Lance Naik Krishna Bahadur led a charge against the enemy who were forming up for an assault. Hit thrice, he was unable to use his weapon, but nevertheless urged his men on, gesticulating with his Khukri and ultimately killed by a machine-gun burst. Rifleman Devi Prasad Limbu after finishing off all his ammunition, charged at the Chinese with his Khukri, severing the heads of five of them, before being killed.

He was later awarded the Vir Chakra. Another Vir Chakra was awarded to Havildar Tinjong Lama, who used his 57mm recoilless gun to knock out a heavy machine gun with which the enemy was bringing down the withering fire.

Colonel KB Joshi, the commanding officer, exercised command well and even brought down the occasional enemy with a rifle. The same night, he personally led a company attack to recapture Point 15,450. Such was the upper hand achieved by the Kirantis’ fierce reaction to Chinese provocations that the enemy vacated the post without putting up a fight. Thus, a new battalion was blooded.


A recent move by the Sikh Regiment to deploy search teams to identify and motivate potential recruits does not come as a surprise to those closely following developments on the ground in Punjab. The ravages of drugs, liquor, declining standards of rural health and education have brought about great changes in the recruitment pool. A state with an abundant reservoir of young, able-bodied, qualified and motivated manpower has over time degenerated to the extent that the Punjabi youth are unable even to pass basic physical tests for entrance to the armed forces.

The people of Punjab must seriously ponder over the crisis and make the right choices in the matter of a suitable course of action to remedy the situation. No less affected will be the armed forces if they lose this very valuable pool of manpower, which has served the country very well in the past.

Citizens and leadership of the army must prevail upon politicians and bureaucrats who rule Punjab to take immediate, long-term measures to rectify the situation. Tomorrow it might be too late.

(Please write in with your narratives of war and soldiering to or call on 093161-35343)

Source: Mandeep Singh Bajwa, Hindustan Times

11th Gorkha Rifles Recruitment Procedure

11:31 PM

Looking for Gorkha Rifles Recruitment Procedure? The details of the selection process or the recruitment procedure in 11th Gorkha Rifles of the Indian army is listed below.

11th Gorkha Rifles Recruitment Procedure
11th Gorkha Rifles


Age for Various Categories

The minimum and maximum age for enrollment into the Army is laid down for each category separately.  These are as given below:-

Ser NoCategoryAge (Years)
(a)Infantry Soldier General Duty (INDIAN AND NEPAL GORKHA)17 Yrs 6 Months to 21 Yrs
(b)Infantry Soldier Clerk (General Duty)17 Yrs 6 Months to 23 Yrs
(c)Infantry Soldier Tradesman17 Yrs 6 Months to 23 Yrs


The entire country has been divided into six regions namely ; Western Plains, Eastern Plains, Central Plains, Southern Plains, Western Himalayas and Eastern Himalayas.  The minimum physical standards for the various regions will be as follows:-

Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab Hills (Area South and West of the Inter State Border between Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and North and east road Mukerian, Hoshiarpur, Garh Shankar, Ropar and Chandigarh), Garhwal and Kumaon1667748
Eastern HimalayaSikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam and Hill Regions of West Bengal (Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts1607748
Western PlainsPunjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Western Uttar Pradesh (Meerut and Agra Division)1707750
Eastern PlainsEastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar west Bengal and Orissa1697750
Central PlainsMadhya Pradesh, Gujrat, Maharashtra, Dadar Nagar, Haveli, Daman and Diu1687750
Southern PlainsAndhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala Goa and Pondicherry1667750


Special Physical Standards

Minimum physical standards as given below will apply to the following:-
Gorkhas both Nepalese and Indian1607748
Inf Sol Clerks General Duty1627750


Relaxations in Physical Standards

Sons of Servicemen, ex-servicemen War widows and widows of ex-servicemen/ adopted son/son-in –law of  a war widow, if she has no son and including a legally adopted son of serving sol/ex-servicemen212
Outstanding sportsmen (National and State level – those who have represented State/University/Board championship and earned 1st / 2nd position)235
For candidates belonging to chronically poor areas and those desirous of joining overage cat who are from families engaged in traditional profession.  this relaxation may be given at the discretion of Recruiting Officer, Deputy Director General Recruiting (States) or Centre Commandants212


Educational Qualifications

5. Soldier (General Duty, Dispensation Category).   Indian and Nepal Gorkhas 8thpass  

6. Soldier Clerk (GD).  10+2 Pass with stipulated 50% marks is to continue.  However, in case of candidates in possession of graduation and above educational qualification, the percentage stipulation at 10+2 standard is waived off and simple pass in 10+2 standard will be accepted for enrolment to this category.

7. Soldier Tradesmen.  Min 8th class pass (Certificate duly countersigned by District Education officer).   

8. Candidates must be in possession of the following documents in original :-
(a) School leaving/Transfer Certificate and Education qualification certificates (Pass Marks sheet).  Education certificate of class VIII pass (Certificate duly signed by District Education officer)
(b) Domicile certificate (Sthai Niwas Praman Patra) duly signed by the District Magistrate of respective districts.
(c) Caste Cert for Sol Tdn (Signed by the District level auth). 
(d) Character certificate (signed by the District level auth).
(d) Latest passport size photographs 10 Copies.
For son/brother of serving soldiers, sponsor Certificate.

9. Candidates of following categories will be given preference:-
(a)Sons/Sons –in – law of war widow – 11 GR - PRIORITY – I
Sons for serving soldier and ex-servicemen
of 11 GR
Real brother of serving soldier and ex-servicemen
of 11 GR.
Son/Son – in – law of war widow, sons of
Servicemen /ex-servicemen of other  Regt /Corps
(e)Remaining  Persons- PRIORITY – V

10. Physical Fitness Tests
  • One mile run
  • Pull ups on Beam (under Grip)
  • Balance and 9 Feet Ditch
11. Common Entrance Examination


From sepoy to officer - Gorkhali Son Makes Father and Community Proud

8:52 AM
Christopher Rai is a solider of soldiers, he joined the army as a sepoy when he was only 16 and a half years. But his hard work, perseverance, and love for motherland pushed him on for higher things and that has resulted in him Graduating from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun on the June 14th, 2014. He will be joining as Lieutenant with the Artillery Regiment.
Son of Subedar Major (Retd.) Dil Kumar Rai of 7/11 Gorkha Rifles and Mrs. Chandrakala Rai who are residents of Lebong Cart road, below Tibetan Refugee Center, Darjeeling (previously from West Point Upper Dali), Lt. Christopher completed his schooling from St. Joseph’s Darjeeling, and joined the army immediately after that.

Christopher Rai From sepoy  to officer - Gorkhali Son Makes Father and Community Proud
Christopher Rai From sepoy  to officer - Gorkhali Son Makes Father and Community Proud
Like his father, Lt. Christopher was initially was posted with the 7/11 GR but he continued with his education even while in the army and gave his best at what he did. Seeing his dedication, intelligence and abilities, the Service Selection Board (SSB) recommended Christopher for commission and he joined the prestigious Indian Military Academy.

Even at IMA, Dehradun Lt. Christopher shined and completed his training with flying colours, he has been awarded the Vice Chief Army Staff Commendation Card for Meritorious service.
Christopher’s story is indeed inspiring to the entire Gorkhali community not just for the fact that he is an officer today, but because he joined at the ranks and through his dedication and hard work earned his right to become an officer.

In an emotional message to his son, proud father SM (Retd.) D K Rai said, “'I am very proud of you my son Christopher (Gunjan). Today you became a Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army, which made us very proud and happy. You added a colorful feather on my hat. I was always dreaming for this day, today you have done it and made our whole family proud. This is a result of your hard working which will lead you to your destination.

Till yesterday you were known by my name but today onwards I will be known by your name. I always pray to Almighty God for your betterment in your every step because you have entered your New Life with a lot of challenges. Keep It Up!!”

Everyone is happy with Lt. Christopher’s amazing performance and proud of his achievement, especially his elder sister Priscilla Prerna Rai who put things in perspective for us when she said, “As a sister I am already proud, but the accomplishment of my brother makes me feel that Gorkhalis are very capable and intellectually equipped of being at par with the rest of the country.”

It is rare to see both father and son raise through the ranks, rarer yet to see the son outdo his father. Lt. Christopher you have made not just your family or Darjeeling, but the entire Gorkhali community proud.
Hat’s off!!

"2014 has been a proud year for the Gorkhalis and between DT and The Darjeeling Chronicle we have been able to report about 13 Gorkhalis Commissioned as Officers in the Indian Army so far, which is in and of itself an astounding number.

We hope more and more of our younger generation will keep on outdoing the performance of our ancestors." - DC

Source: The Darjeeling Chronicle

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