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(XI) 11 Gorkha Rifles

10:16 PM
The 11 Gorkha Rifles is a Gorkha regiment of the Indian Army comprising of Gorkha soldiers mostly  the Rais and Limbus. The regiment was re-raised after independence in 1947. 11 Gorkha Rifles is the youngest of the Gorkha Regiments. It was raised as an ad hoc unit in 1918 with troops and officers being drawn from the various Gurkha Regiments. 

(IX) 11 Gorkha Rifles
(IX) 11 Gorkha Rifles
Regimental Centre: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
Regimental Insignia: A pair of crossed Khukris (a Gorkha dagger) with the Roman numeral XI in-between.
Motto: New Motto - Yatraham Vijayastatra (I - The Metaphor for Victory).
............Old Motto - Nisswarth Kartavya (Selfless Duty).
War Cry: At the time of inception, the battle cry adopted by the Regiment was Ayo Gorkhali (The Gorkhas Are Here) followed by 'Charge'. However, upon the raising of the 2/11 Gorkha Rifles in 1963, the then Commanding Officer desired that the unit battle cry be Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali (Victory to Mahakali, The Gorkhas Are Here). This cry was first raised by the Adjutant on the raising day on the occasion of the first flag hoisting at the unit Quarter Guard. Goddess Durga is known in this Regiment as Mahakali and invoking her blessings on the battlefield has imbibed itself deep in the troops. Additionally, the battle cry apart from infusing daring courage in the men, also helps create psychological fear in the enemy.

Regimental Battalions: 1st Battalion
.................................2nd Battalion
.................................3rd Battalion
.................................5th Battalion
.................................6th Battalion
.................................7th Battalion
4th Battalion ---> Disbanded after an internal Agitatiozn Mutiny

Theatre Honours: Kargil - 1999.
Battle Honours: Shingo River, Bogra and Batalik.
Honours & Awards: 1 Param Vir Chakra, 3 Ashok Chakras, 1 Padma Bushan, 6 Param Vishist Seva Medals, 2 Maha Vir Chakras, 8 Ati Vishist Seva Medals, 11 Vir Chakra, 4 Shaurya Chakras, 30 Sena Medals, 14 Vishist Seva Medals and 18 Mentioned-in-Despatches.
Comments: The history of the 11th Gorkha Rifles in fact dates back to the year 1918. Four battalions were raised in Mesopotamia and Palestine in May 1918 by pooling companies from other Gorkha Regiments and Garwhal Rifles. These battalions also saw action in the Third Afghan War. These battalions were later demobilised from the the Indian Army.

At the time of Independence when the division of the Indian Armed Forces was being done the question of the future employment of Gorkha troops also came up. At that time there were ten Gorkha Regiments in the Indian Army, each with two battalions. To settle the issue the Govt. of India, Nepal and Britain considered the matter and a Tripartite Agreement was signed on 09 November 1947. As per this agreement the 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 10th Gorkha Rifles were transferred to the British Army while the remaining six Gorkha Regiments were to continue service with the Indian Army. Troops of the 7th and 10th Gorkha Rifles hailed from Eastern Nepal and were mainly of Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.

Transfer of troops to the British Army was to be on a purely voluntary basis. A referendum was held in the presence of the representatives of the Indian and Nepalese Governments. Troops from the 7th and 10th Gorkha Rifles opted against the transfer to the British Army in large numbers. 2/7 GR - located at Santa Cruz, Mumbai - as a whole opted against transfer to the British Army. There was no Gorkha Regiment, left in the Indian Army with troops from Eastern Nepal. Keeping in mind the large numbers of non-optees and their fighting qualities it was decided to re-raise the 11th Gorkha Rifles. Official orders to raise the 11 Gorkha Rifles, it's Regimental Centre and two battalions, the Third and the Fourth at Palampur were issued in December 1947. Subsequently on 01 January 1948, the Regimental Centre and 3/11 GR (with strength from 2/7 GR) were raised at Palampur and Santa Cruz, Mumbai respectively. In 1948, as the number of non-optees increased the 4/11 GR and the 5/11 GR were also raised.

Major Harnarain Singh Chauhan was commissioned into the Rajput Regiment in 1937. In December 1947, Major HS Chauhan, accompanied by Captain SD Sawhney reached Palampur to take over the 'non-optees' of the 7 and 10 Gorkhas. He arrived with the broad vision of 'fathering' a Gorkha Regiment – the first Regiment in Independent India. To him goes the credit of smooth transition. To him also goes the credit of even meeting the cash requirements of the Regiment from his private resources until funds were built up. It was a matter of 'izzat' for him. To him goes the credit of the present Regimental Flag and Cap Badge, and above all, laying the foundation of a great Regiment. Later the 1/11 GR and 2/11 GR were raised on 01 September 1960 and 11 January 1963 respectively. The 107 Inf Btn (TA) affiliated to the Regiment was raised on 01 October 1960. The 6/11 GR and the 7/11 GR were raised after the 1962 Chinese invasion.

Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11 GR, is the first and only recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) for the Regiment, in the 1999 Kargil conflict. He is the Indian Army's first Lieutenant to be awarded the Param Vir Chakra. 2nd Lieutenant Puneet Nath Datt, 1/11 GR, was the second recipient of the Ashoka Chakra for the Regiment in 1997. The first recipient of the Ashoka Chakra is not known. The third recipient of the Ashoka Chakra was Paratrooper Sanjog Chhetri of 9 Para, who was originally from 5/11 GR before he volunteered to join 9 Para. Though the award obviously goes to the tally of 9 Para, a Coffee Table book recently published by 11 Gorkha Rifles also counts it in its tally. Battalions of the 11 Gorkha Rifles have participated in practically all operations undertaken by the Indian Army since Independence, i.e. 1947-48 Indo-Pak War, Hyderabad (1948), 1965 Indo-Pak War, Chola (1967) and the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The 1/11 GR and the 2/11 GR have operated with distinction in anti-militant operations in Assam and Jammu & Kashmir and won unit citations with the COAS' Scroll of Appreciation.

Source: bharat-rakshak

Gorkha Regiment's Jitu Rai first to win two medals in a single World Cup

12:20 AM
Gorkha Jitu Rai is the new Pistol King

Indian Army's focus on unearthing world-class shooters through the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) is continuing to reap dividends. 11 Gorkha Regiment's Jitu Rai has emerged as the new sensation, becoming the first to win two medals in a single World Cup competition. 

Rai first made it to the Army's shooting squad in 2010-11. (ISSF Photo)
Rai first made it to the Army's shooting
squad in 2010-11. (ISSF Photo)
The 26-year-old Junior Commissioned Officer, born in Nepal's Sankhuwasabha district, migrated to India and joined the Army in 2006. He entered shooting's record books on Thursday with his gold in men's 10m air pistol at the World Cup in Maribor (Slovenia). He quelled the challenge of eight of the world's best, including teammate Prakash Nanjappa who finished fifth. On Monday, Rai had clinched a silver in the 50m free pistol after losing the title duel to Damir Mikec of Serbia by just 0.1 point. 

The gold medal was Rai's third podium finish in nine days after bagging a silver medal in the previous ISSF World Cup in Munich on June 11. "Nothing much has changed in my equipment or technique. Only that it all clicked in the last few weeks," the champion shooter told TOI from Maribor. 

Rai, currently ranked 26th in the world, is surely going to go up in the new rankings list but the talented shooter's real test will start in September when the quota places for the 2016 Rio Olympics will be up grabs. 

Regaining focus 

Rai first made it to the Army's shooting squad in 2010-11 but failed to live up to his promise and was subsequently sent back to his unit putting an end to his training at the AMU in Mhow. 

"This is my third stint at the AMU. I got selected the first time after firing with the 9mm pistol but it is completely different to shoot with an air pistol. I got the RTU (Return to Unit) order twice but I continued to train hard at my unit and got selected again. Thanks to my coach Garvaraj Rai in Lucknow, who helped me with the technique and motivated me to reach this level," a modest Rai said. 

The sharp shooter who joined has a sepoy has climbed up two rungs due to his achievements in shooting. "In 2013 I got promoted as Havildar after winning a national medal and I got another out-of-turn promotion as Naik Subedar for winning a medal in the Asian championship. Now, things will be easier for me as I will get more time to train," he added. 

During vacations Rai travels to Nepal to meet his mother and siblings. His father passed away in 2006, which prompted his migration to India. "I send my mother some money every month to make life easier for her," said Rai whose father was a farmer who cultivated paddy and corn. "Six of us joined the Army in 2006. The others are still sepoys while I have moved up the ladder," he said. 

Rai, who made two World Cup finals in 2013, said he benefitted from the stiff competition provided by compatriot Nanjappa who finished 5th and 7th in air pistol and 12th in the free pistol event in Maribor. 

The two Indians, both supported by the Olympic Gold Quest, will next compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. While Rai has made it to the Indian team in free pistol, Nanjappa has booked his ticket in air pistol. "My next target is to win a medal in Glasgow," Rai said. 

Source: Thestatesman

72 Gorkha recruits take oath

8:35 AM
VARANASI: A fresh batch of 72 recruits of 39 Gorkha Training Centre took oath during attestation and passing out parade on Saturday.

Gorkhas taking oath
Gorkhas taking oath
The Gorkha recruits were given their traditional weapon Khukuri as per Nepali culture.

Col SK Singh, training battalion commandant, and Col Amrit Pal Singh, deputy commandant 39 GTC took salute of the parade. Addressing the recruits, Brig Kunwar Birendra Pratap Singh, commandant 39 GTC, emphasised on discipline, physical fitness, goal and educational progress in life.

As many as eight riflemen were awarded for their outstanding performance during military training. 

Source: TOI

List of Gorkha Major Generals in Indian Army

10:35 PM
The Gorkhas in India are know for their service in the defense and the Gorkha Regiments are the indispensable part of the Indian Army, no denying the fact. Following are some of the Gorkha General in the Indian Army.

  1. Major General GS Rawat, 5th Gorkha Rifles, Retd, Nainital
  2. Major General OS Bhandari, Param Vishist Seva Medal, Dharamshala.1
  3. Major General MS Karki, Engineers, Dehradun, retd
  4. Major General Basant Singh, AVSM, YSM, 1/1 Gorkha Rifles, Retd 31 Jan 2004, Dehradun
  5. Major General NS Rana, Vishist Sena Medal, Sappers, retd. Dharamshala
  6. Major General RS Pradhan, Para Regiment, Serving, Dehradun
  7. Major General Shakti Gurung, Grenadiers, Serving, G.O.C 57th Mountain Division (Red Shield Div), Imphal
  8. Major General PCS Khati, Serving 1 GR, Vir Chakra

Major General GS Rawat
Major General GS Rawat
Major General MS Karki
Major General MS Karki

Major General OS Bhandari
Major General OS Bhandari

Major General RS Pradhan
Major General RS Pradhan

Major General Shakti Gurung
Major General Shakti Gurung

Shakti Gurung and RS Pradhan Sir are recently promoted as Lieutenant General.

Source: theveergorkha and gorkhapedia

Gorkha soldier slays Pakistani infiltrator in hand-to-hand combat

6:47 PM
A 23-year-old courageous soldier of the Gorkha regiment killed a Pakistani trained infiltrator during a hand-to-hand combat along the Line of Control in Poonch in the wee hours of Saturday.
Gorkha soldier slays Pakistani infiltrator in hand-to-hand combat
Gorkha soldier slays Pakistani infiltrator in
hand-to-hand combat
Defence PRO in Jammu said, "A 23-year-old soldier from the elite Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army, Rifleman Prem Bahadur Roka Magar scripted an astonishing saga of raw courage and fearlessness, resulting in the elimination of two hardcore Pakistan trained terrorists in the Poonch sector".

"The brave soldier after reaching within hand shaking distance tried to grab the AK 47 rifle of the Pak trained infiltrator and in the ensuing melee he escaped a gun shot and dropped his own weapon," the PRO added.

"Without paying attention to his own safety the fearless solider pounced on the infiltrator and grappled with him  before the two fell in a near by nallah."

Acting on intelligence inputs about the possible infiltration in the area,  the troops were deployed in a group of multiple ambushes near the Baghialdhara Nallah on the Line of Control.

The PRO further said before hand-to-hand combat Magar and his ambush party spotted a group of terrorists and eliminated one with precise and controlled fire of automatic weapons, after tracking them with night vision devices for some time.

What followed  was the stuff of legends when Magar, in darkness and extremely thick foliage, initially mistaken for another armed militant to be one his colleagues, moved to within hand shaking distance of him, and was almost shot down and in the process also dropped his own weapon.

Completely displaying nerves of steel with scant regard for his own safety, the courageous Gurkha engaged in a fierce physical duel with the terrorist while simultaneously grabbing his AK 47 which was spewing a hail of fire.

The two grappled and rolled down the hillside, finally disengaging with a fall in another Nallah.

The militant, now clearly unnerved by the boldness of the braveheart, tried to make good his escape. Magar though bereft of his personal weapon, whipped out a hand grenade and hurled it at the fleeing miscreant killing him instantaneously, thus bringing to conclusion another heroic chapter that epitomizes the character and ethos of the Indian Army and its matchless soldiers.


Kirti Chakra award to 5/5 Gorkha Rifles jawan.

11:41 AM
The prestigious Kirti Chakra award will be given to Naib Subedar Bhupal Singh Chhantel Magar of 5/5 Gorkha Rifles.

Kirti Chakra award to 5/5 Gorkha Rifles jawan.
Kirti Chakra award to 5/5 Gorkha Rifles jawan.
President Pranab Mukherjee has approved the award of one Kirti Chakra and seven Shaurya Chakra to Army jawans and officers. These will be conferred at the Republic Day parade at Rajpath tomorrow.  

Seven Army officers and jawans will get Shaurya Chakra awards, out of which two will be given posthumously. 

They are: Lt Col Bikramjit Singh of 16th Light Cavalry, (pothumous),  Sepoy Ran Bahadur Gurung of 5/5 Gorkha Rifles (posthumous), Major Mandeep Singh Ghumman of 1 Assam Rifles, Major Gaurav Thakur of 24 Rashtriya Rifles (Bihar Regiment), Captain Sandeep Bhartiya of 17 Jat Regiment, Captain Mahavir Singh of 9 Paracommands (SF), and Sepoy Lallawmzuala of 18 Rashtriya Rifles (Rajputana Rifles).

Source: indiatvnews

Captain Ram Singh Thakuri

10:50 AM
Captain Ram Singh Thakuri, (15 August 1914 – 15 April 2002), was an Indian Gorkha freedom fighter. Indian National Anthem was written by Rabidra nath tagore and the marching tone which we sing today was given by Capt. Ram Singh thakuri of 1 Gorkha Rifles. Captain Ram Singh Thakuri also composed a number of patriotic songs including Kadam Kadam Badaye Ja and Subh Sukh Chain and healso composed the current band-version of the Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana. 

Captain Ram Singh Thakuri
Indian Gorkha Freedom Fighter Captain Ram Singh Thakuri
Ram Singh was born in the North Indian in Khanyara near Dharamsala on August 15, 1914.Since he had an interest in music, after completing school in 1922, Singh joined the 1st Gorkha Rifles as a recruit in the band.He was trained trained in classical and western music as well as ballad, brass band, string band and dance band.

While in British Indian Army before independence, he won King George VI medal from the British Indian Army and got promoted in 1941 to Company Havildar Major.After the Fall of Singapore, the Japanese forces took a large number of PoWs. Of these, a large number volunteered to join the Indian National Army. Singh, who had initially not volunteered, was sent to Japan, where he met Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Singh later joined the Indian National Army as it was reorganised under the leadership of Bose. Subhas Chandra Bose was instrumental in tapping the talent of Captain Ram Singh as a dedicated music director. On his personal request, Singh composed the tunes for Kadam Kadam Badaye Ja, the INA's marching song and now a noted patriotic song from India. He also composed the tune for Subh Sukh Chain (or the Qaumi Tarana as it was known), the National Anthem to be adopted by Azad Hind. In 1944, Capt. Ram Singh was decorated by Subhas Chandra Bose for his contributions. Singh also received a violin and a saxophone as gifts from Bose.

Over his long career, Captain Ram Singh earned a number of awards. These included:
  1. George VI Medal, 1937
  2. Netaji Gold Medal(Azad Hind), 1943
  3. Uttar Pradesh 1st Governor Gold Medal, 1956
  4. President Police Medal, 1972
  5. UP Sangeet Natak Akademi (UP Music and Drama Academy) Award, 1979
  6. Sikkim Government Mitrasen Award, 1993
  7. The First Azad Hind Fauj Award by the West Bengal Government in 1996
After the end of the war, as the INA surrendered in Rangoon, Singh was shipped back to India with his fellow soldiers. Imprisoned at the Kabul Lines of the Delhi Cantonment, Singh was released later as most of the INA troops were released without charge. Singh and members of his orchestra band were invited to play the National Anthem on the occasion of the Prime Minister's inaugural address to the nation at the Red Fort.
This photo of Captain Ram Singh Thakuri was taken by Feroz Sultan of Kalimpong when Capt had come  to Gangtok during early 90s.
This photo of Captain Ram Singh Thakuri was taken by Feroz Sultan of Kalimpong
when Capt had come to Gangtok during early 90s.
After independence Ram Singh was recruited in the 3rd Battalion PAC at Lucknow Uttar Pradesh in 1948, and later was promoted as the Band Master in the Rank of Inspector. Thakur retired in 1974. Upon retirement he was accorded the honorary rank of DSP. He was known as "DSP Band UP Police" at the time of his retirement. He was honoured by the Central Government, as well as the Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

Captain Singh's final years were difficult and controversial.He was initially denied the status of a freedom fighter by the government.A controversial court petition at one point sought to establish that he was not the composer of the National Anthem.He suffered an epilepsy attack in 2001, and after suffering ill health for nearly a year, died on 15 April 2002.He was cremated with State honours at Bhaisakund. However the State Government of Uttar Pradesh was again criticised for the absence of notable or prominent Government officials save a few police officers.

Gorkhas: Pride of the Indian Army

10:29 AM
Preview of a Film for a Gorka Batallion of the Indian Army. This is an internal inspirational film for the Army and will not be released publicly. This preview as part of our Show Reel has been published here with permission.

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