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Gorkha Jawan From Kalimpong‬ Becomes Martyr in Siachen avalanches

8:58 AM
Indian Gorkha Rifleman Sunil Rai of 10th Mile Kalimpong has become Martyr in Siachen avalanches in Ladakh. He was part of the patrol party of 2/11 Gorkha Rifles that was hit by an avalanche in Siachen’s Turtuk region the same avalanche which killed Gorkha Jawan, Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, of Lopchu in Darjeeling.

The Two soldiers were buried under snow in Ladakh's Turtuk Sector of Siachen— the highest battleground in the world — after the avalanche struck an Army patrol around 8 am on Friady.

Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang was immediately retrieved and evacuated to the nearest medical facility, but could not be revived by the medical team, the army said. He is survived by his wife, a six year old daughter and his parents.

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“Mortal remains of 22 year sold Rifleman Sunil Rai, who was buried under snow after an avalanche struck an army patrol on March 25 in the Turtuk Sector, was recovered by rescue teams this morning,” a defence spokesman said.
Rifleman Sunil Rai From Kalimpong‬ Becomes Martyr in Siachen avalanches
Rifleman Sunil Rai From Kalimpong‬ Becomes Martyr in Siachen avalanches
“The mortal remains of the soldiers are being evacuated from the area of the avalanche, after which a wreath laying ceremony will be conducted.... Thereafter, they will be transported by air to their native places where their funeral will be held with full military honours,” the spokesman said.

He said Tamang is survived by his wife, a six-year-old daughter and his parents, whereas Rai is survived by his parents and two younger brothers.

Lt Gen DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command has conveyed his condolences to the families of the soldiers. "The Indian Army fraternity stands shoulder to shoulder with the bereaved families in their hour of grief," he said.

General Dalbir Singh, COAS and all ranks express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Riflemen Sunil Rai who sacrificed his life in the line of duty at Turtuk . Rifleman Sunil Rai, who was buried under snow after an avalanche struck an army patrol on 25 March 2016 was recovered by the rescue teams today morning after an intense search. We pray to Almighty to give strength to the family members to bear this great loss.


Gorkha Jawan From Darjeeling killed in avalanche in Siachen, Another Missing

8:14 AM
Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang of Lopchu in Darjeeling has become Martyr, after a massive avalanche  hit a 2/11 Gorkha Rifles patrol party in Siachen glacier in Ladakh on Friday.

"Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, who was earlier rescued from an avalanche in Turtuk Sector succumbed to his injuries. The soldier, who was immediately retrieved and evacuated to the nearest medical facility, could not be revived by the medical team," said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Srinagar.

The avalanche hit the partol party around 8 am at Turtuk area of Siachen — the highest battleground in the world — following which two jawans got buried under the snow, a defence spokesperson said.

Immediately, rescue drills were launched and one of the soldiers, Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, was rescued in a “critical” condition and shifted to a nearest medical facility.

Hailing from Kothey Dhura, Lopshu in Darjeeling of West Bengal, Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang was part of the army patrol when it came under the massive avalanche in the Turtuk sector.

Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang
Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang 
Meanwhile, massive efforts are on to search and rescue the missing jawan, whose name the Army hasn't released is reportedly from Kalimpong, despite an inclement weather in the area.

Northern Command Army Commander Lt Gen D. S. Hooda has expressed his deep condolences to the family of Tamang.

On March 17, an avalanche had hit an army post situated at an altitude of 17,500 feet in the Kargil sector.

While one soldier was rescued immediately, the body of another jawan was retrieved from under the snow three days later.

Today's incident occurred one-and-half months after 10 soldiers were killed when a massive avalanche buried their post at 19,600 feet in the world's highest battlefield of Siachen.






Facts about Gurkhas or rather Gorkhas

7:06 PM

1) Gurkha is spelled as Gorkha in Nepali, the correct way to pronounce it (Gor-kha).

2) Gorkha is a Sanskrit word which means Protector of Cows, Gau(Cow)+Rakha(Protector)=Gorkha.

3) Gorkha is one of the 75 districts of modern Nepal. It is a misconception that the Gurkhas took their name from the Gorkha region of Nepal. The region was given its name after the Gurkhas had established their control of these areas. In the early 1500s some of Bappa Rawal's descendants went further east, and conquered a small state in present-day Nepal, which they named Gorkha in honour of their patron saint.

4) The Gorkha war cry is "Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali" (Hail Great Goddess Kali, Here Comes Gorkhali)

5) Gorkha are people from Nepal and North East India who take their name from the eighth century Hindu warrior-saint Guru Gorakhnath. His disciple Bappa Rawal, born Prince Kalbhoj/Prince Shailadhish, founded the house of Mewar. Later descendants of Bappa Rawal moved further east to found the house of Gorkha, which in turn founded the Kingdom of Nepal.

6) The Gurkhas were designated by the British as a Martial Race. Martial Race is a designation created by officials of British India to describe "races" (peoples) that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle, and to possess qualities like courage, loyalty, self sufficiency, physical strength, resilience, orderliness, hard working, fighting tenacity and military strategy. The British recruited heavily from these Martial Races for service in the colonial army.

7) Gurkhas claim descent from the Hindu Rajputs and Brahmins of Northern India, who entered modern Nepal from the west. Guru Gorkhanath had a Rajput Prince-disciple, the legendary Bappa Rawal, born Prince Kalbhoj, founder of the house of Mewar, who became the first Gurkha and is said to be the ancestor of the present Royal family of Nepal.

8) The legend states that Bappa Rawal was a teenager in hiding, when he came upon the warrior saint while on a hunting expedition with friends in the jungles of Rajasthan. Bappa Rawal chose to stay behind, and care for the warrior saint, who was in deep meditation. When Guru Gorkhanath awoke, he was pleased with the devotion of Bappa Rawal. The Guru gave him the Kukri knife, the famous curved dagger of the present day Gurkhas. The legend continues that he told Bappa that he and his people would henceforth be called Gurkhas, the disciples of the Guru Gorkhanath, and their bravery would become world famous. He then instructed Bappa Rawal, and his Gorkhas to stop the advance of the Muslims, who were invading Afghanistan (which at that time was a Hindu/Buddhist nation). Bappa Rawal took his Gurkhas and liberated Afghanistan - originally named Gandhar, from which the present day Kandahar derives its name. He and his Gorkhas stopped the initial Islamic advance of the 8th century in the Indian subcontinent for the time being.
There are legends that Bappa Rawal (Kalbhoj) went further conquering Iran and Iraq before he retired as an ascetic at the feet of Mt. Meru, having conquered all invaders and enemies of his faith.

9) It is a misconception that the Gurkhas took their name from the Gorkha region of Nepal. The region was given its name after the Gurkhas had established their control of these areas. In the early 1500s some of Bappa Rawal's descendants went further east, and conquered a small state in present-day Nepal, which they named Gorkha in honour of their patron saint.

10) By 1769, through the leadership of Sri Panch (5) Maharaj Dhiraj Prithvi Narayan Shahdev (1769-1775), the Gorkha dynasty had taken over the area of modern Nepal. They made Hinduism the state religion, although with distinct Rajput warrior and Gorkhanath influences. Thus the modern Nepal as we know it today was created as one nation, one kingdom.

11) A Gurkha can be of any caste, creed or race (since there are racial variations in Nepal) but only a Hindu (that includes Nepalese Buddhists) can be a Gurkha, since it is de rigueur that one believes in the teachings of Guru Gorkhanath and the Warrior code of the Ancient Hindus. Without these teachings one cannot develop the mindset, spirit, essence and soul of a Gurkha. 

12) Although Hinduism is a general term encompassing a wide variety of faiths in the sub-continent, both Vedic and non-Vedic, it is worth mentioning that the Bon religion, an animistic, shamanistic faith is also practised by certain ethnic tribes that have also become encompassed and brought into the circle of the Gorkhas and thus should also be noted as being part of the Gorkhali culture.)

13) In the Gurkha War (1814–1816) they waged war against the British East India Company army. The British were impressed by the Gurkha soldiers and after reaching a stalemate with the Gurkhas and making Nepal a protectorate they were granted the right to hire them as mercenaries organised in Gurkha regiments in the East India Company army with the permission of then prime minister, Shree Teen (3) Maharaja (Maharana) Jung Bahadur Rana, the first Rana Prime-minister who initiated a Rana oligarchic rule in Nepal. Originally Jung Bahadur and his brother Ranodip Singh brought a lot of upliftment and modernisation to Nepalese society, the abolishment of slavery, upliftment of the untouchable class, public access to education etc. but these dreams were short lived when in the coup d'etat of 1885 the nephews of Jung Bahadur and Ranodip Singh (the Shumsher family or Satra (17) Family, later to be known as S.J.B. or Shumsher J.B.) murdered Ranodip Singh and the sons of Jung Bahadur and took control of Nepal bringing one of the darkest periods of Nepalese history (104 years of dictatorial rule). This Shumsher Rana rule is regarded as one of the reasons of Nepal lagging behind in modern development and a dark age of Nepalese History. The children of Jung Bahadur and Ranodip Singh mainly live outside of Kathmandu, in Nepal and mainly in India after escaping the coup d'etat of 1885. Relations among family members have now normalized.

14) The Gurkhas from reputed families refused to enter as soldiers and were instead given positions as officers in the British-Indian armed forces. The common peasant/farmer/village Gurkhas entered as soldiers. One Gurkha, the Great Great Grandson of Sri Teen Maharaja Jung Bahadur, was entered as officers, (retired) General Narendra Bahadur Singh, Gorkha Rifles, rose to become aide-de-camp (A.D.C.) to Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, when he was only a young Captain in the British Indian Army. After the British left India Gorkhalis continued seeking employment in British and Indian forces, as officers and soldiers, as well as maintaining the sovereignty of their nation.

15) Under international law present-day British Gurkhas are not treated as mercenaries but are fully integrated soldiers of the British Army, operate in formed units of the Brigade of Gurkhas, and abide by the rules and regulations under which all British soldiers serve. Similar rules apply for Gurkhas serving in the Indian Army.

16) “As I write these last words, my thoughts return to you who were my comrades, the stubborn and indomitable peasants of Nepal. Once more I hear the laughter with which you greeted every hardship. Once more I see you in your bivouacs or about your fires, on forced march or in the trenches, now shivering with wet and cold, now scorched by a pitiless and burning sun. Uncomplaining you endure hunger and thirst and wounds; and at the last your unwavering lines disappear into the smoke and wrath of battle. Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had country more faithful friends than you". -Professor Sir Ralph Turner, MC, who served with the 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles in the First World War

17) "For over 180 years the Gurkhas have helped to fight Britain's wars and keep the peace. They have won 13 Victoria Crosses and served in most of the major conflicts of the 20th Century." (The Victoria Cross is the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.)

18) "If there was a minute's silence for every Gurkha casualty from World War 2 alone, we would have to keep quiet for two weeks

Passing Out Parade of 216 new recruits held at 58 Gorkha Training Centre

8:07 PM
India Blooms News Service 

Kolkata, Jan 19 (IBNS): The Indian government on Tuesday said 216 Gorkha youths have been inducted in the Indian Army.

The Passing Out Parade of Recruit Batch No 170 was held at 58 Gorkha Training Centre recently.

"The parade symbolises the culmination of training and transformation of a person into a young soldier.  A total of 216 recruits of 5 Gorkha Rifles and 8 Gorkha Rifles took oath of affirmation in the solemn and impressive ceremony," read a government statement.

The parade was reviewed by Brigadier RS Thakur, Commandant 58 Gorkha Training Centre and trophies – Manekshaw Trophy and Gen Dutta Trophy - were awarded to the young soldiers who performed exceedingly well in various disciplines of their military training.
Passing Out Parade of 216 new recruits held at 58 Gorkha Training Centre
Gorkha recruits take oath during passing out parade - file photo
The parents of young soldiers were also honoured with the ‘Gaurav Padak’ in recognition of  their contribution to the Nation.


Source: indiablooms


2nd battalion 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125th Raising Day

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PATHANKOT, JANUARY 18: Second battalion the 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125 years of its Raising at Pathankot falling under Western Command on Sunday.

The  Day was celebrated from January 14 to 16  at Mamun Military Station (Pkt) to commemorate the rich saga of valour, sacrifice and unflinching loyalty of its officers and men over 125 years. Relatives of  martyrs and a large number of serving and retired personnel of various ranks from Nepal and India attended the grand celebrations.

Second battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles was raised at Lansdowne, in the Garhwal Hills on 15 January, 1891 by Major (Later Lieutenant General) HD Hutchinson.

Before Independence, the Battalion was designated as ‘Second Battalion The Third Queen Alexandra’s Own Gorkha Rifles’. Post Independence, the Battalion was re-designated as ‘Second Battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles’ (2/3 GR).

Since it raising, the Battalion has participated in North West Frontier, First and Second World Wars and 1948 J&K operations. It earned for itself a total of 210 Gallantry Awards in First World War including two Victoria Crosses, the highest gallantry award of the British Indian Army and 135 Gallantry awards in Second World War. 27 Battle Honours were awarded to the battalion pre-independence.

2nd battalion 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125th Raising Day
2nd battalion 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125th Raising Day
Soon after independence in 1948, the Battalion proved its mettle yet again and earned its 28th Battle Honour ‘PIRKANTHI’. It was one of the first Battle Honours awarded to any unit after independence. The Battalion has served two tenures in the Siachen Glacier, recognised as the ‘Highest Battlefield in the World’, JLN which were duly recognised by the award of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Unit Appreciation Cards in 2003 and 2015.

The chief guest for the event was Major General Avinash Singh, Chief of Staff, Headquarters 14 Corps and Colonel of the Regiment, Third Gorkha Rifles. Special cover was also released on January 15, 2016.

Source Jammu Links News

Remembering Gorkhas on VIJAY‬ DIWAS

8:41 AM

On ‪‎VIJAY‬ DIWAS: We Remember and Salute Our Legends

To those who don't know about it, Vijay Diwas‬ is when 93000 Pakistani terrorists surrendered to 5000 Indian soldiers on ‪‎Dec16‬ 1971.

Amongst the various paltans that participated in the war for Bangladesh liberation, the ‪Gorkhas‬ have stood out  through their unparalleled bravery, sheer grit and determination, and won the platitude of laurels in not just India, but across the world.

Highlighting three major battles that the Gorkhas fought and won….

5/11 GR – BOGRA : THE BATTLE OF HILLI OR THE BATTLE OF BOGRA

Amongst the Gorkhas, the Fighting Fifth 5/11 GR won for themselves the Battle honour “BOGRA” for itself. In fact the battle honour Bogra and theater honour East Pakistan was bestowed to the 5th only.

In the Indo - Pakistani war of 1971 the 5th battalion was instrumental in liberating Bangladesh, In the operations of East Pakistan, the 5th had secured the Bogra town for 20 mountain division, in one of the most daring operations Lt Teja Bedi and his Gorkha troops had single-handedly captured the headquarters along with the Commanding Officer and RMO of the prestigious Baluch Regiment of East Pakistan.

The regimental flag of 52 Baluch Regiment is still HUNG UPSIDE DOWN in the officer’s mess of the 5th and is one of their prized possession.

4/5 GORKHAS: THE BATTLE FOUGHT WITH ONLY KHUKURIS

One great initial battle of the war fought at Atgram to break the outer crust of Pakistani defences in the East opposite Sylhet sector needs revisiting. The battalion tasked was 4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) which went on to capture Gazipur and eventually single-handedly took the surrender of the Sylhet garrison.

Not before and not since has any battalion launched a full scale assault employing just the Khukuri and guile alone. After getting their orders, by 5am the fierce Khukuri assault had silenced Pakistani Maj Alvi’s Bravo Company. In the mopping up, nearly 45 bodies were found scattered around the main position.

The heroes of this silent battle were Rifleman Dil Bahadur Chhetri, whose Khukuri accounted for eight Pakistan soldiers, and was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra; Rifleman Phas Bahadur Pun and 2nd Lieutenant Hawa Singh received posthumously, the Vir Chakra; and Captain Pravin Johry (posthumously) and Subedar Teerth Bahadur Gurung won the Sena Medal

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4/5 GORKHA RIFLES (FRONTIER FORCE) - OPERATION OF SYLHET GORKHAS

The 4/5 Gorkhas were not to be left behind and were the 1st Indian troops to mount a Heliborne operations.

On a conservative estimate, the Heliborne Operation of Sylhet Gurkhas (4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force)) made it possible for Indian Army and Mukhti Bahini to reach Dacca much earlier than planned; at least by 8 days.

On the 16th, when the surrender ceremony was going on at Dacca, Sylhet Gurkhas were celebrating with a toast, in honour of three fold success of the Battalion:

1. First Ever Successful Heliborne Operation of Indian Army, which tied the two brigades from the 7th to the 15th of December. 
2. Surrender of two Pakistani Brigades (202 and 313) on 15th December 1971. 
3. First major surrender to own forces in the Eastern Theatre. 
But the fourth larger toast, unknown to them at that time, was reserved for surrender at Dacca, which was thought unattainable.

For 'Early Dacca Surrender' was made possible by Sylhet Gurkhas tying down the Pakistani Meghna River Brigade (313), in addition to 202 Pak Infantry Brigade at Sylhet from the 7th to the 15th.

However, the degree of valour and contribution to the early creation of free Bangladesh, credit also goes to the men of the Sylhet Gurkhas, but not without a price. The cost of glory over the 27 days (20th November to 16th December) was not meagre.

Thirty one (4 Officers, 3 Junior Commissioned Officers, 7 Non-Commissioned Officers and 17 Riflemen) sacrificed their lives. Ironically one officer (Major Puri) and one Rifleman (Rifleman Kanta Bir Thapa) were injured during the 1965 War also, but this time they sacrificed their lives.

Another 122 (7 Officers, 2 Junior Commissioned Officers, 32 Non- Commissioned Officers and 81 Riflemen) were injured. A total of 153 casualties, including 11 Officers, constituted nearly 25 percent of the Battalion strength, out of which 55 were leaders at different levels (Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers); nearly 8 percent of the Battalion strength. This was the leadership and lead provided by Company, Platoon and Section Commanders.

Sylhet is the Battle Honour of The Sylhet Gorkhas and East Pakistan as Theatre Honour and nobody can deny that Heliborne Operations by Sylhet Gurkhas lead to early surrender at Dacca in December 1971.

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We SALUTE the bravery of our troops, and celebrate their great legacy.

While others may forget…. WE REMEMBER!!

Source : TheDC

Indian Army will raise a new Gorkha Battalion 6/1GR by April 2016

9:37 AM

SUBATHU: The historic First Gorkha Regiment (GR) of the Indian Army would raise a new battalion in April next year. It's after a gap of almost five decades that the Gorkha Regiment would be raising new battalion. As of now First Gorkha Regiment has five battalions and the new battalion would be known as 6/1GR.

Confirming the development, Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge, Quarter Master General of Indian Army and Colonel of the First Gorkha regiment, said the new battalion would be raised by April 2016, at historic Subathu Cantonment of Himachal Pradesh.

Gen Thodge, who was at Subathu on Thursday to celebrate the bicentenary celebrations and reunion of the of First Gorkha regiments, said the new battalion would not only include the gritty Gorkhas from Nepal but also Gorkha boys from Dehradun, West Bengal, Kangra and Dharmashala areas of Himachal Pradesh.

The First Gorkha regiment was raised 200 years back in April 1815 at Subathu cantonment. Around 1,500 soldiers including retired generals, pensioners from Nepal and various part of country along with their families had gathered at the Subathu cantonment to celebrate much awaited bicentenary celebrations and reunion of regiment, which comes once in four years. The celebrations would continue till Saturday. Till then they would stay there to enjoy the gala of customary celebrations that are part of the legacy of the historic regiment.

Celebrations started with a wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday morning at the Regimental War Memorial, where floral tributes were paid to those killed in the line of duty. A ceremonial guard reversed arms while buglers sounded the last post followed by the rouse.

Thereafter, Colonel of the regiment Lt Gen Ravi Thodge addressed the gathering and praised cordiality of Gorkha soldier and their courage and eagerness to lay down life in the line of duty.

Lt Gen H J S Sachdeva, director general, Assam Rifles and one of the senior officers of the regiment was also present on the occasion.

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Govt wants Gorkha units to stop the ritual slaughtering of buffaloes

8:07 AM

Signalling the end of an age old tradition, the defence ministry has asked the army to ensure that none of its units indulge in the ritual slaughtering of buffaloes, reminding the force that sacrificing bovines is against the law. Highly-placed sources in the ministry told ET that instructions have been issued to put an end to the practice of certain army units to behead a male buffalo (Rango) during Dussehra that is attributed mostly to Gorkha tradition.

"No doubt it is an old tradition but the tradition is now against Indian law. There are laws that govern slaughter and sacrificing an animal in such a manner is against the rules," a top defence ministry functionary told ET. Sources said instructions were sent earlier this month to ensure that buffalo sacrifice did not take place at Gorkha units across the country on Dussehra. The view of the government is that the ritual sacrifice amounts to cruelty and the slaughtering of an animal has to be done according to the law.

"It is understood that there may be some who wish to carry out this tradition but rules should not be bent. If there is such a need, rules can be followed and the animal can be taken to government authorized slaughter houses as per the law," a ministry source said, adding that there has been no opposition to the move.

While the decision has been welcomed by some veterans who believe that it is time for such traditions to fade away, others have opposed the move. "Over a period of time, the practice of buffalo sacrifice has reduced in Gorkha battalions. The men would be equally up to accepting the fact that we have to change with time. I do not see any opposition to such a move," Brigadier Rattan Kaul (retd), who commanded the 4/5 Gorkha battalion, said.

(Originally published in The Times of India)

Assam regiment to replace Gorkhas

9:32 PM

 The signboard in front of the quarter guard on Mhow's Mall Road, which carried information on Battle of Lushai Hills, will soon impart information on Battle of Jessami. The 2nd battalion of Assam regiment is replacing the 4/1 Gorkha regiment in Mhow and the process of handing over of charge is on. 

Mhow military station has premier army training institutions and as per the requirement, Army War College and Infantry School are supported by Infantry battalions. Thus two battalions are deployed in Mhow, one for each of the two institutions. A battalion of Gorkha Regiment is deployed for Army War College and that of Sikh Light Infantry Regiment for Infantry School. 

These battalions are stationed here generally for two to three years . Along with these Infantry battalions, a squadron of Armoured regiment, a battery of Artillery and a company of Mechanized Infantry are also stationed here for demonstration of their capabilities for the training purpose. 

While the Gorkhas were deployed, the signboards carried details of Lushai Battle and other prominent battles they had fought. Lushai battle was a great success for 4/1 Gorkha regiment. There was a lot of disturbance in the Lushai hills which comprise areas of present Mizoram and Tripura states in the late 1860s. Gorkha battalion was deployed in 1871 and it was given battle honours for Lushai battle. 

The signboards will now carry details of the battles won by Assam regiment, one of them is Battle of Jessami - a memorable incident for Assam regiment. It was the first battle with the Japanese on Indian soil. On March 27, 1944, the troops of Assam regiment fought a fierce battle with the 31st Division of Japanese army. Battle was significant as it led to strengthening of defence at Kohima, which played a major role in turning the tide of the Second World War in favour of the allied forces. The Assam regiment was raised in June 1941 by the British to counter the threat of Japanese invasion of India as the route to India was through this north-eastern part of the country. Since its raising, the regiment has won seven battle honours in British India while one honour in post-independence era. 

The major components of the regiment are Assamese, Nagas, Mizos and tribes of Arunachal Pradesh while two battalions of the regiment also have Dogras, Garhwalis and Gorkhas. The tribal character of the regiment helps its troops in excelling in mountain and jungle terrain. The insignia of the regiment is the one horn Rhinoceros and its motto is Assam Vikram, which means unique valor.

Source timesofindia

1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates raising day on September 1st

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Every year 1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates their raising day on 1st September as the regiment  1/11 Gorkha Rifles was raised on 01 Sep 1960 at Clement Town, Dehradun. he troops of the battalion are essentially RAIS and LIMBUS, a famous and dreaded Khukri wielding stock.
1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates  raising day on 01 September
1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates  raising day on 01 September 
They are known for never having been subjugated by any king or invader and their warrior qualities are very much in evidence to date. Since its raising, "The First" has taken part in almost all operations, which the Indian Army has participated be it in East, West, North or even abroad. The battalion was awarded the first coveted unit CITATION for operations in the North-East in 1993 and the crowning CITATION for its glorious action in capturing KHALUBAR at 17,000ft in Batalik Sector, during OP VIJAY in 1999. The FIRST has got the singular privilege of being conferred with the title of BRAVEST OF BRAVE for Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey being awarded PARAM VIR CHAKRA (Posthumous) and Lieutenant Puneet Nath Datt being awarded ASHOK CHAKRA (Posthumous).

The Martyrs of the Regiment are: -

OP VIJAY
Rfn Sunil Jung Mahat - 15 May 99 LNk Ram Kr
Pradhan - 26 May 99
Rfn Lichon Pradhan - 08 Jun 99 Capt M K
Pandey - 03 Jul 99
Hav Ganga Ram Rai - 03 Jul 99 Rfn Karna Bdr
Limbu - 03 Jul 99
Rfn Kalu Ram Rai - 03 Jul 99 Rfn Arun
Kumar Rai - 04 Jul 99
CHM Jhanak Bdr Rai - 04 Jul 99 LNk Tika Dhwoj
Lawati - 06 Jul 99
Rfn Jit Bdr Limbu - 11 Jul 99 Rfn
Raj Kumar Rai - 11 Jul 99
LNk DN Shrestha - 11 May 99

OP MEGHDOOT
Rfn Shamsher Tamang - 13 Aug 98 Rfn Passang
Shrestha - 03 Sep 98
Rfn Mana Hang Subba - 07 Dec 98 Rfn Arun
Kumar Rai - 04 Jul 99

OP RAKSHAK
Lt Puneet Nath Datt - 20 Jul 97 LNk Debi
Kumar Limbu - 04 Aug 97

NAGA HILL
Capt B Subramaniam - 09 Sep 68 Nb/Sub
Chhabi Lal Limbu - 09 Sep 68
Maj MMS Bajaj, SC - 09 Jan 69 LNk
Bom Bahadur Limbu - 04 Aug 69
Rfn Parsu Ram Rai - 04 Aug 69

MIZO HILLS
Rfn Maita Bdr Rai - 17 Jun 69
WEST BENGAL (RADHIKAPUR)
Rfn Bir Bahadur Limbu - 18 Jun 71

OP CACTUSLILY
Rfn Jai Prasad Limbu - 08 Dec 71 LNk Kul
Bahadur Rai - 08 Dec 71
LNk Bir Bdr Gurung - 11 Dec 71 Rfn
Chandra Bdr Limbu - 08 Dec 71

OP PAWAN (Sri Lanka)
2Lt Ramesh Rawat - 06 Jun 89 Nb Sub
H C Sawan - 18 Aug 89
Hav Amir Rai - 18 Aug 89 Rfn
Suk Bir imbu - 18 Aug 89

Via - pib.nic.in

Gorkha shooter Jitu Rai conferred Arjuna Award 2015

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Aug 29, 2015: Gorkha shooter Jitu Rai was today conferred Arjuna award. He received the prestigious award from, Pranab Mukherjee, the president of India in a glittering ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Arjuna Awards are given by the government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports.
Gorkha shooter Jitu Rai conferred Arjuna award 2015
Gorkha shooter Jitu Rai conferred Arjuna award 2015

28-year-old Champion pistol shooter Jitu Rai,had won an Indian record seven medals starting June last year, the most recent being the bronze in 10-metre air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in South Korea last month.

Recruited in the 11th battalion of the Gorkha regiment, Rai clinched the gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games and a silver at the ISSF World Championships in Spain, which helped him earn a quota place for next year's Rio Olympic Games.

In all, the (retired) Justice V K Bali led panel had recommended 17 names for Arjuna.

Following is the complete list of names of Arjuna Arjuna awardees 2015

  1. Manjeet Chhillar -Kabaddi Award
  2. Abhilasha Shashikant Mhatre - Kabaddi Award
  3. Sandeep Kumar - Archery Award
  4. Sreejesh Ravindran - Hockey Award
  5. Rohit Sharma - Cricket Award
  6. Sawarn Singh - Rowing Award
  7. M. R. Poovamma - Athletics Award
  8. Jitu Rai - Shooting Award
  9. Srikanth Kidambi - Badminton Award
  10. Anup Kumar Yama - Arjuna Award for Roller Skating
  11. Yumnam Sanathoi Devi - Wushu Award
  12. Mandeep Jangra - Boxing Award
  13. Sathish Sivalingam - Weightlifting Award
  14. Bajrang Kumar - Wrestling Award
  15. Dipa Karmakar- Gymnastics Award
  16. Babita Kumari - Wrestling Award
  17. Sharath Gayakwad -Arjuna Award for Para-Swimming
The Arjuna awardees received statuettes, certificates and award money of Rs.5 lakh each.



'Balidan Diwas' - remembering supreme sacrifice made by the Indian Gorkhas

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Sanjog Chamling

'Balidan Diwas' literally meaning 'Sacrifice Day' is celebrated August 25th  all over India by the Gorkha community in remembrace of the supreme sacrifice made by Gorkha freedom fighter Major Durga Malla.
'Balidan Diwas' Indian Gorkhas
From the right Saheed Maj. Durga Malla and Saheed Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri
On this day in 1944, Durga Malla was hanged to death by the British at Red Fort Delhi.

Hence on August 25th we, the Indian Gorkhas, pay our homage to Saheed Durga Malla and several others who laid down their lives for securing freedom to our country.

Indian Gorkha political and apolitical organisations like Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP), Gorkha Public Panchayat (GPP),  AAGSU, All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union (AMGSU) observes 'Balidan Diwas' throughout India in honour of those brave freedom fighters who sacrificed their life for the sake of the country.

He joined 2/1 Gorkha Rifles at the age of 18 .

Indian National Army (INA) was formed under the leadership of Subhash Chandra Bose, Durga Malla left the British Army and joined the INA,

He was captured by the British at Ukhrul in Manipur on March 27, 1944 and hanged on August 25, 1944 .

His statue was installed within the premises of Parliament which was unveiled by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in September 17, 2004 .

We should also pay due homage to the following Indian Gorkha Freedom Fighters on this day.

Niranjan Singh Chhetri who was hanged by the Colonial British on 8th June in the year 1891.

Krishna Bahadur Mukhia  was the personal body guard of Netaji and used to gather intelligence, comb areas that he would visit and fought in the front lines.Later wounded in Burma , captured by the British on January 31, 1944 and taken to a prison in Bangladesh . He was kept in a prison in Burma for 6 months, faced a military tribunal and dismissed from the Gorkha Regiment under the British.

Saheed Indreni Thapa and Saheed Sabitri Thapa were teenagers when they joined the ‘Bal Sena’ or ‘Janbaz Dal’of the Indian National Army led by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. One of the main functions of the “Janbaz Dal” was akin to modem day suicide squads or human bombs. Indreni Thapa and Sabitri Thapa, the two Gorkha teenagers of ‘Janbaz Dal’ attained martyrdom by blowing up British tanks. They did this by virtually making themselves human bombs by strapping mines on their bodies and crawling under the British tanks camouflaged as bushes, and blowing up the British tanks.

Bhagat Bir Lama (Martyr)

Bhim Singh Rana (Martyr)

Captain Dal Bahadur Thapa (Martyr)

Man Bahadur Thapa (Martyr)

Mohan Singh Thapa (Martyr)

Prem Singh Bista (Martyr)

Shyam Bahadur Thapa (Martyr)

List to cont...

Information collected from various source in Internet

Gorkha Tiger’s daughter waits to don dad’s uniform

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On the grey, misty morning of January 29, an 11-year-old in a brown jacket marched up to her hero father's coffin. She snapped into a salute and filled the air with a full-throated cry: "Tiger 9 GR Ko! Ho Ki Hoina? Ho, ho, ho. (Was he the Tiger of 9 Gorkha Rifles?)"
Munindra Nath Rai's daughter
Munindra Nath Rai's daughter
The stiffness in her saluting hand melted in an instant and she broke down as braveheart Colonel Munindra Nath Rai's Gorkha Rifles colleagues punched the air: "Ho, ho, ho (Yes, yes, yes. He was)." Venue, Delhi Cantonment. Occasion: Homecoming of a gallant officer who was martyred fighting terrorists on January 27, only a day after he was decorated with a gallantry medal.

It's been seven months since Alka saluted her father's bravery and filled the nation's heart with pride. Today, she's her family's strength. Late Colonel Rai's wife, Priyanka often runs her fingers over his uniform. It fills her with sadness. But Alka doesn't let her mother cry: "I won't let his uniform go waste. I'll join the Army, alter this uniform. I'll wear his uniform," she says.

Colonel Rai always wanted to join the Army. Born and brought up in Kalimpong, north Bengal, where his father was an NCC instructor at the Army School, Rai would wear his NCC uniform all day and say: "I'll join the Army and serve the country."

Priyanka recalls how duty was Rai's priority. When floods drowned J&K, Rai, then in Delhi on vacation, returned to help his jawans. He had three days of leave left. Work pressure was immense, but Rai never talked operations at home. Priyanka, a heart patient, says her caring husband never wanted her stressed. "I lived a civilian's life before marriage. I knew nothing of how the Army operated but always worried for his safety. He went for many high-risk missions but never uttered a word of that at home. He always returned with a smile," she recalls.

Col Rai will be awarded the Shaurya Chakra on Saturday. Priyanka's eyes light up as she recalls their last vacation. "He was posted at Tral and we hardly got time together. Last summer we visited him. I'll treasure those days." The couple was to complete 14 years of marriage on January 31.

His colleagues talk of the firm officer with a soft side, who loved to dance and crack jokes. "He cleared the Wellington Staff College in his first attempt. His unit often referred to him as a high-flying officer. Had he lived, he would have done so much more for the nation," says Priyanka.

Rai commanded the 42 Rashtriya Rifles in Tral for two years, always putting the safety of his jawans before him. The locals too loved him. "The area's children knew him. He kept chocolates in his vehicle to distribute among kids," Priyanka remembers. His lesson to his children was to live honestly and embrace humanity. He is survived by three children, two daughters — Alka (11), Richa (9) and a son Aditya (6).

Rai's children understood his responsibilities. "They missed him but hid their sadness from him. When he was out on risky missions, they'd be scared but never bothered him. They're proud to be a martyr's children. But my son keeps telling me that if there are no militants, no father will die like this," Priyanka says. Colonel Rai was decorated with the Yudh Seva Medal. He also served in Bengal, Assam and Surankote.

Rai's last WhatsApp status summed up his philosophy: "Itni shiddat se apna farz nibhao ki purdah girne ke baad bhi taaliyan bajti rahein" (Do your duty such that the applause doesn't stop even after curtains)."

Source- timesofindia

Gorkha Rifles - ZUF engage in gun fight in Manipur

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IMPHAL, Aug 6: A fierce gun fight reportedly broke out between 2/5 Gorkha Rifles and underground cadres at Phourungba Hill near Luwanglon Khunou under Khoupum Police Station in Tamenglong district yesterday morning around 6.
Gorkha Rifles - ZUF engage in gun fight in Manipur
Cadres of a UG group -File photo
The site where the firing took place lies around 8 km east of Khoupum Police Station.

It is said that the underground cadres engaged in the gun fight with 2/5 GR belong to Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF). There is no official report of casualty on both sides in the firing.

Source - kanglaonline

Citation of Colonel Lalit Rai VrC, commanding officer of 1/11 Gorkha Rifles during Kargil 1999

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Lalit Rai, VrC is a former officer of the Indian Army who was tasked with capturing the strategic heights of Khalubar in the Batalik sub-sector during Operation Vijay, Kargil War.

I am a third generation in the Indian Army and that too in the same Regiment. After I was commissioned, I joined the 11 Gorkha Rifles, the Regiment that my grandfather and father belonged to - it's like a tradition. I got commissioned into the 7/11 Gorkha Rifles. This incidentally, was not the battalion that I led into battle. The battalion I was destined to lead, into a fierce series of battles during 'Operation Vijay' was the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, the one my father had been commissioned into about 42 years ago. I had been posted to various places, served in every type of terrain conceivable - from deserts, mountains, jungles, ravines, plains, high altitudes, super-high altitudes - you name it. And after various instructional and staff appointments, took over the command of the 17 Rashtriya Rifles (Maratha LI), a newly raised battalion in J&K, designed to combat insurgency and militancy. Command of a Rashtriya Rifles battalion is considered a very tough and a challenging assignment. I had promptly agreed to the offer for the command of the 17 RR.
Colonel Lalit Rai along with Officers & Jawans of the 1by11 Gorkha Rifles with captured weapons of the Pakistan Army
Operation Vijay happened in Kargil, while I was busy combating militants elsewhere in the same state. This was somewhere in the first week of May 2001. By the time the actual fighting developed, it was almost the end of May and by now the people had realised that the Pakistani Army was fully involved and it wasn't just some militants. The 1/11 Gorkha Rifles had the privilege of being the first battalion to be rushed in for 'Operation Vijay'. At that point of time, my 'Colonel Of The Regiment' contacted me. He said, "The previous Commanding Officer of 1/11 GR has taken premature retirement and gone, the battalion is presently in the thick of battle," and asked, "Would you like to take over the fight and do something about it?" Lieutenant General J B S Yadava, AVSM, VrC, VSM, who is presently the Deputy Chief Of Army Staff, was also my commanding officer in the 7/11 Gorkha Rifles when I was a young officer. I was his Adjutant and I had really learnt a lot from this veteran and Vir Chakra award winner of the 1971 Indo-Pak War. He probably had faith in me and was banking on me to do something for the battalion in that difficult hour.
Lalit Rai receiving the Vir Chakra
Lalit Rai receiving the Vir Chakra
I didn't hesitate and I said, "Definitely." But he also added, "I know it is unfair on my part to ask you to take up this tough assignment, especially when the Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and the troops are new to you."

Remember, I was coming back to the Regiment after serving with the Rashtriya Rifles. Even the terrain was absolutely new to me, the information about the enemy at that point of time was not adequate; things were not all that clear. I wasn't exactly in a very enviable situation. I had however convinced myself that I would take a chance. I was anyway combating uncertainty day and night. Earlier, I had this huge guesthouse to myself in the Doda district and every night I used to sleep in a different room, as we used to be under rocket and machine-gun attacks regularly. In fact, when days passed by without some firing or some incident, I used to feel that something was missing! All that of course changed later, as they never even dared to venture anywhere near us. We had successfully managed to dominate our area of responsibility fully, after months of relentless & successful operations against militant groups.

Once I accepted the offer to command the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, they moved me by helicopter within 48 hours and dropped me bang in the middle of the battle-zone. Many operations were going on in full swing at various places in the front. The moment I landed at the base, there was heavy shelling by the enemy artillery and my reception party ran helter-skelter for cover. My reception was now complete with the enemy also chipping in with their artillery shelling. All of us, of course had to dive for cover, this gave me an indication of the difficult times that lay ahead of us. In a month's time through vigorous effort, I improved and consolidated my battalions posture against the enemy. I got to know the boys, visited every piquet and reconnoitred the complete area of responsibility. By June-end I had learnt a lot about the enemy and his capabilities and was now adequately prepared, given the situation.

In the Batalik sector where my battalion was now located, the terrain was really tough and unforgiving, compounded with the most inhospitable weather. After due deliberation and reconnaissance everyone, right up to the highest commander, had more or less assessed that if the formidable and dominating enemy position at Khalubar was to be captured, the complete area would become more or less untenable by the enemy. But the problem was that Khalubar was located at an altitude of 17,500 feet above sea level, with the enemy sitting well entrenched, with lethal and sophisticated weapons in a dominating position, it was also located deep in the heart of the enemy defences. This implied that the attacker would be under enemy fire right from the word go. The attack would also have to be made uphill under accurate and intense enemy fire. The next logical question was who is going to capture it and how? When I volunteered for this seemingly impossible task, people thought I had gone bonkers!

I led my battalion to battle from the front, into one of the fiercest battles of 'Operation Vijay'. As a commanding officer you are expected to be sufficiently forward with the troops, but not actually lead the assault like I did. The main role of the Commanding Officer is to plan and coordinate well and provide good leadership at all times. Being new I really had no choice but to lead physically from the front on that fateful day of July 1999. It took us 14 hours of extremely torturous and dangerous marching with heavy loads of arms, ammunition, winter clothing, and other special equipment for negotiating the steep snow covered slopes, rations, etc. to reach the objective. Throughout the move we came under heavy enemy small arms fire and artillery shelling. The intensity and the accuracy of the enemy's fire grew even as we laboriously plodded our way up through snow and sharp jagged rocks at steep inclines. The prevalent temperature at this time was about minus 29 degrees Celsius. A real marrow chilling temperature, which numbs your whole body and deadens the senses.
We had started the attack with a few hundred people. We had closed in to about 600 yards of the enemy position, when the firing became very intense and effective and it seemed impossible to proceed further against this curtain of lead and fire from the tracer bullets. You could see the bullets and rockets hurtling towards us with fearsome intensity and sound. My heart still shudders when I remember the heart wrenching screams and cries of my boys who fell under this wilting fire from the enemy's heavy machine gun as also from his air defence gun. The sight of my boys battered, torn and ripped apart by machine gun fire, bleeding profusely, still haunts me, and I often wake up sweating and gasping for air from such nightmares. It was a real test for me, egging the boys on, towards almost certain death, from effective and intensive enemy fire. To close in with the enemy and finish him off before he finished us off.

At this point of time I focused myself totally to the immediate task ahead of me - to capture the objective and nothing else. All thought of the family and home was totally blocked out, to rule out even one percent chance of any weakening in my resolve. We pushed ahead despite heavy casualties with approximately 30 to 40 soldiers whom I could muster. The others were either injured or pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Maximum casualties were being caused by fire coming from Khalubar Top while the other was from a flank, which, we later named 'Bunker Area'. I decided to capture the top, with the 40 men I could muster, and sent Captain Manoj Pandey to capture and silence Bunker Area with approximately 30 men. We charged up towards the enemy position, chopping enemy heads en-route, and succeeded in capturing the top. When I took a quick head count on top, there were only eight of us left, who were fit enough to fight.

 It was literally an uphill task, almost like a scene straight out of Charge of the Light Brigade! The gradients we had to negotiate were between 75° and 80°! It was snowing and extremely cold. The rock that we were climbing was of the jagged variety that chops you to the quick if you make one false move! To top this worst-case scenario possible, there was that enemy fire coming on us right from the top! The enemy could see our every move from the top! But my Gorkha boys really proved their worth in gold and were unstoppable, I have to doff my hat to my boys! Where normal guys would have had a tough time even walking in those altitudes, my boys sprinted! They charged up and when we were at close quarters with the enemy, my boys did what they had been dying to do for so long, they removed their khukris and started chopping enemy heads. As we charged up, I could see the heads rolling down. When the Pakistanis saw that - they couldn't hold themselves any longer. They just got up and started running away. It was a sight to behold! 5 foot tall Gorkhas jumping up and chopping off the heads of these strapping, 6 foot tall Pathans, who were fleeing in sheer terror.
 So like I mentioned earlier, we were just eight of us, bang in the middle of an enemy position. It became imperative that we hold on to it. It was equally critical for the enemy to push us out because we were not only dominating their replenishment route i.e. for additional arms and ammunition, rations and things like that, but we were also cutting off their route of retreat. So they launched counter attack after counter attack and there I was, with eight chaps holding on resolutely and repulsing attack after attack. It was almost an impossible task. The enemy would muster up about a platoon (about 30 to 40 troops) and start creeping up slowly and attack us! And with just eight guys, you can imagine just how thin my defence was! Any direction of attack would have only met with one or two rifle fire, however I had all eight guys facing every counter attack. And that was only possible because on a parallel mountain spur, a few kilometres away, I had my troops holding defences against the enemy. So the company commander, whose company was on the other mountain spur, was watching our desperate stand through a pair of binoculars and he became my eyes from that side. He would tell me, "Sir, there are now 40 chaps to your left coming at you through the big boulder…" and we would shoot those guys down. And I'm pretty sure that the Pakistanis haven't yet figured out as to how we managed to know their exact route up. I'm sure they must have thought that we were almost a company atop this position.

Quite a few of us were already injured; I had got a bullet in my leg and splinters in my calf and had begun to bleed profusely. Towards the end, a situation arose where I had only two bullets left with me in my rifle - and that rifle belonged to my dead radio operator. In my hurry and concern for my boys and the task, I had literally taken off in my full uniform and I had even forgotten to remove my red collar dogs. I realized my folly much, much later…when I was in the thick of battle. So when I found out that I was down to the last two bullets, I made a quick resolve, one bullet for myself when it comes to that. As for the other one, I decided to take one Pakistani chap with me before I went. My boys were also quite tensed up, when they all realised that our moment of reckoning was finally staring us in the eye. I mean, when you realize that your death is arriving within a few minutes time, it becomes that much more agonising and difficult. On the other hand when you don't know, and death comes to you suddenly, it is okay and is probably a part of life. But here it was approaching us in another few minutes….so I quickly bid a mental goodbye to everyone I held dear to me. I was suddenly woken up from my reverie by the crackle of my radio set. It was my officer from the other mountain position, with a frantic message, "Sir, I can see about 35 Pakistanis moving up for another counter attack…" I thought to myself, "Boy! This is it; the moment has finally come to say adieu!"
My boys also looked at me for some reaction, I could feel the palpable tension in the air. I have always believed: a dash of humour can really relieve a lot of tension in your life. I had to alleviate their tension quickly and firm their resolve to fight to the end. The Pakistanis - were cursing and using the choicest of abuses even as they advanced, I gave it back to them in equal measure, with all the Punjabi that I knew. I turned to my boys and said, "Dushman tumhare Commanding Officer Saab ko gaali de rahe hain aur tum log chup-chaap baithe ho?!" (The enemy is hurling abuses towards your Commanding Officer and you boys are just sitting quietly?). Now the funny thing is that a Gorkha Johnny doesn't know how to give gaalis (abuses), and as far as discipline and obedience goes, he is unmatchable. So they looked at each other and I could read the look in their eyes, it said, "Saab ne hukum diya hai toh gaali dena hi padega." (Our Sir has given us an order and thus we will have to give abuses). They looked around and wondered, who could perform this difficult task, and finally nominated one amongst them to give the gaalis. He got up and bellowed seriously, "Pakistani kutta, tum idhar aayega toh tumhara mundi kaat degaa!" (Pakistani dog, if you come here we will cut your mundi!). I turned around and told him, "The Pakistanis will surely die…but they will die laughing that Gyan Bahadur can't even give proper gaalis!" They all broke into laughter and that kind of revved them up and got their josh back up again…and they all said, "Abo tah kukri nikalera taeslai thik paarchhu." (We will take out our khukris now and sort him out and fight).\

I radioed the Artillery Officer attached with us, located on the other mountain spur of 'Kukarthang' and asked him whether he knew where I was, and he replied in the affirmative. I then asked him to use me as a reference and give me several rounds of rapid-fire support. He was shocked! He tentatively wondered whether I really wanted him to direct our own artillery fire, approximately 100-odd rounds on my head. We are talking about the Bofors round with its devastating effect - its such a powerful gun! I had to take a chance; I preferred to die there by own gunfire, rather than get captured by the enemy. And by now, even the enemy knew that our ammunition was running low…and as the seconds ticked by, the enemy crept closer and closer 40 yards…35 yards…25 yards…and…I yelled at him and said that I didn't have the time and to just do what he was told! He did and I could hear the deadly whistling screech of the shells (usually the fore bearers of death) coming at us, from the gun position several kilometres behind us. My boys and I took shelter in the cracks of the huge boulders and the 100-odd rounds thundered and crashed all around us with a beautiful but deadly blast of shrapnel and flame. The temperatures suddenly rose due to the burning cordite and for a few seconds, we were engulfed in comfortable warmth, in otherwise the prevalent freezing cold. We could literally see the Pakistanis who were advancing in the open, being blown to smithereens right in front of us. They didn't know what had hit them. Several times they tried to close in for the kill, since we had no ammunition left, but with the help of our accurate and prompt artillery gunners we sent them reeling back with heavy casualties.

We held on to the position for 36 hours without a wink of sleep or a drop of water to drink. We had not eaten a morsel of food for over 48 hours and were weak because of hunger and the freezing cold. After 36 hours or so, we shifted our position slightly away, as a deceptive measure. Meanwhile my second-in-command moved up with the reinforcements and we finally consolidated our position. Khalubar finally was ours. Victory gained after such great sacrifice of my brave boys was perhaps the sweetest thing for me, and nothing, repeat nothing, can ever better that. As correctly assessed by all of us, once Khalubar fell, the Pakistanis ran from all the adjoining areas! We subsequently routed them from 11 formidable positions and we quickly pushed them across the Line of Control. The Gorkhas had created such terror and dread in the minds of the Pakistanis that when one of the Prisoners of War (POWs) was captured; his first request was to see a Gorkha soldier. I asked one of my boys to go to him and pull out his Khukri, the moment he saw the Pakistani. It was a funny sight - a huge Pathan cringing in sheer dread when confronted with one of the world's most renowned fighting machines - The Gorkha Soldier. The nation's highest gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra was awarded posthumously to young Captain Manoj Pandey…for his valour and supreme sacrifice in the battle of Khalubar. For its sterling performance, the battalion was awarded a unit citation. We also earned the title of 'The Bravest of the Brave' for having won a Param Vir Chakra and an Ashok Chakra [2]. For individual acts of bravery we won a bagful of gallantry awards. The President also awarded me the Vir Chakra for inspirational leadership and conspicuous bravery of a very high order.

Source: defencescan

Blast at firing range in Gorkha Rifles Headquarters in Dehradun

2:07 PM
Dehradun, May 30 : Three jawans were injured in a blast at the firing range at the Gorkha Rifles headquarters in Dehradun on Saturday.
Blast at Gorkha Rifles Headquarters' firing range in Dehradun
Blast at Gorkha Rifles Headquarters' firing range in
Dehradun - Representational Image
The condition of one of the jawans is said to be critical. All the injured have been admitted to the Military Hospital here.

According to reports, the blast took place when a jawan got down from a truck to pick up a suspicious object lying on the ground. It is still not clear as to what actually caused the blast.
The bomb disposal squad is trying to find out about the nature of the explosive.

Four persons including the jawans and the driver of the truck were on board the vehicle when the explosion took place, a source at the SSP office here said adding details are awaited and all senior officials have rushed to the spot.

The jawans are said to have been on their way to the market to buy vegetables when the explosion took place, the source said.

Though the cause of the explosion is being investigated, it is believed that it took place by accident.
Garhi Cantonment where the explosion took place is a high security area with the official residence of the Chief Minister and Raj Bhawan located there.

Source: Various online sources


3 gorkhas of 3/1 GR dies fighting for the nation against terrorists

10:52 AM
Rfn Ankit Pradhan, L/Nk Aash Kumar Gurung and Rfn Bishal Gurung who became Saheed while defending our great nation, against terrorists.
3 gorkhas of 3/1 GR dies fighting for the nation against terrorists
SAHEED GORKHALI BROTHERS - WHO DIED PROTECTING OUR NATION
According to sources, a group of 4-7 infiltrators who had sneaked into India near Darshan post along the Line of Control (LoC) opposite to Pakistan’s Chhajula Post.

The group of infiltrators were intercepted by the army’s 3/1 GR in the dense forest area. The group of infiltrators after being challenged opened indiscriminate fire with sophisticated weapons upon the forces, the fire was retaliated by the army ensuing a fierce gunfight, they said.

Following a fierce gunfight four army men including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Subedar BB Thapa and Ankit Pradhan, Aash Kumar Gurung and Bishal Gurung sustained serious bullet injuries.

In the initial gunfight, four army men, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Subedar BB Thapa sustained serious bullet injuries. However, among the injured, three soldiers succumbed to injuries before being evacuated to army’s 92 base hospital here in Srinagar, they said, adding that the condition of the officer is also said to be critical.

The troops managed to kill one terrorist, and push by the rest, who fled to Pakistan.


Source: The DC & kashmirobserver

1/3 Gorkha Rifles lead the pack through triumph and tragedy

11:41 AM
Troops of 1/3 Gorkha Rifles (First Battalion of the Third Regiment, pronounced First of the Third) have again proven why they are considered one of the best in the Army.

Even as news of the devastation in Nepal flowed in, soldiers and
junior commissioned officers of 1/3 GR didn’t flinch. 
Barely a day after the battalion celebrated its bicentenary at Sevoke Military Station in north Bengal, Nepal suffered its worst tragedy in decades. Even as news of the devastation flowed in, soldiers and junior commissioned officers of 1/3 GR didn't flinch. Save for a handful of men who left on emergency leave after news of casualties among relatives came in, the rest answered the call of duty. This wasn't easy as 60% of troops and JCOs are from Nepal.

Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw had once said: "If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gorkha."

What the veterans say

Brig (retd) A K Sanyal, who was CO between 1980 and 1983 and became colonel of the regiment, recalls his early days. "My first guru, after I joined the battalion in June 1963, was Babu Ram Thapa, who was assigned as my sahayak (known as a buddy, nowadays). He would always remind me that I was an officer and made sure I was never ticked off by seniors.

"'Wear your uniform pr-operly, Sir. You better impro-ve your game, Sir. You were looking very tired today. Better get into shape'," he would say. When I became a platoon commander, I knew little. The senior JCO, subedar Ran Bahadur Gurung, was the boss. He wore a Burma Star on his chest and knew I was still wet behind the ears. The JCOs of this battalion form a very strong group. They don't hesitate to share their opinion with an officer without sounding impolite. The CO is normally younger to them."

"A Gorkha," Sanyal added, "is tremendously compassionate. He will never misbehave with women or the elderly nor mistreat a child. He isn't trigger-happy and has tremendous patience. A Gorkha improvises and is adaptive. He has a great sense of humour. His commitment and loyalty to the battalion are unflinching," the retired brigadier added.

Probably, this is why the British army decided to keep the best for themselves. Till 1947, Gorkha Rifles didn't have a single Indian officer. Today, 60% of soldiers in GRs are from Nepal, the rest are Indian nationals. Even then, Indians cannot fill the quota. The number of Gorkha officers is gradually increasing.

Lt Col RKP Singh, who was instrumental in giving the Gorkhas their regimental song, said: "I am proud to have led the Gorkhas. In 1971, we fought in Jessore before being ordered to cut off Pakistani troops fleeing towards Chittagong. We carried out combing operations in Cox's Bazaar. Despite hardships, the men never complained."

Col (retd) Andrew Das spent 23 years with 1/3 GR. Now settled in the US, he flew in for the celebrations. "The-re has been improvement in infrastructure. The men are better educated and aware. The Gorkhas were always the best. Now they are more potent," he said.

Col (retd) K K Kulcheria, who took a bullet in his shoulder during war and is now settled in Thiruvananthapuram, said: "I still remember the Battle for the Ichhogil Canal in 1965, and the confidence the men had in their officers. I was a young officer and the arm of one of my JCOs was shredded by a shell. He kept on crying he would live only if I remained by his side. This was not possible as the battle was on. When it was over, he was no more."

It runs in the family

It's not only former officers who have a sense of belonging to the regiment. There are at least two Gorkha officers (one in 1/3 GR) whose fathers served in the regiment. Capt Gautam Thapa got promoted to an officer after 14 years as a sepoy.

"On September, 1998, I joined as a sepoy. We belong to Dehradun and my father, too, was in the Army. I had only completed my Class X then. Completing my graduation while serving in the Army was tough but I succeeded. On September 3, 2012, I was finally commissioned as an officer," Thapa said. "Today, I am posted elsewhere but have returned to my old friends in the paltan. They consider me an inspiration"

Captain Aashish Khandka is with 1/3 GR. His father was a JCO in the regiment. "My grandfather, Subedar Lil Bahadur Khandka, was in 1/9 GR. My father, Hon Capt Sant Bahadur Khandka, was in 1/3 GR. He was a subedar major and wanted me to become an officer. I completed a BSc in information technology from Hyderabad before clearing CDS. I got my father's battalion as 'parental claim'. Sons of commanding officers and subedar majors can choose their fathers' battalions. My father wants me to command the battalion some day," said the young officer from Gulmi district of Nepal.

Source: TOI

Kirti Chakra to Gorkha soldier for tackling terrorists with khukuri in J&K

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Naib Subedar Kosh Bahadur Gurung of the 1, Gorkha Rifles, (and 15, Rashtriya Rifles)  has been awarded the Kirti Chakra for his gallantry in tackling a group of heavily-armed terrorists in J&K’s Kupwara on September 10, 2014. After shooting dead one terrorist, the soldier pulled out his ‘Kukri’ and killed a second terrorist in combat.
gorkha soldier with khukuri
Gorkha soldier with khukuri
President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday conferred the Kirti Chakra on two Army soldiers — one of them posthumously — at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday.

The Kirti Chakra is the second-highest gallantry award in peace-time. The President also conferred the Shaurya Chakra — the third-highest gallantry award in peace-time on 12 personnel, mostly from the armed forces. The Shaurya Chakra awardees also included a J&K policeman who received the award posthumously and an inspector with the paramilitary ITBP.


1/1 and 1/3 Gorkha Rifles Celebrate Bicentenary in Style

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With officers and other ranks from India and Nepal in attendance, the First Gorkha Rifles (1/1 GR) on Friday marked its 200 years of military service.
First Gorkha Rifles marks 200 years of service
First Gorkha Rifles marks 200 years of service
Hundreds of serving and veteran officers, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other ranks both from India and Nepal attended the function, an army spokesman said.

The battalion was raised on April 24, 1815 from the remnants of Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa's forces who valiantly fought the British at the Malaun Fort near Shimla.

"The raising of the battalion signalled the birth of present day Gorkha Brigade. Over the last two centuries of the battalion's existence, it has time and again proven its worth by gallant action in various fields of battle across the world, through the two World Wars, the India-Pakistan wars and in the conflicts of the sub-conventional realm," the spokesman said.

Starting with a solemn memorial service in honour of the martyrs, the unit's bicentenary celebrations saw various events, including a guard of honour and cultural programme.

Lt. Gen Ravi Thodge, colonel of the regiment, was present on the occasion.

"The event was a re-union for erstwhile comrades-in-arms who travelled from across the globe to be together at this momentous once-in-a lifetime occasion. Veterans proudly brought their children and grandchildren to show them the oldest Gorkha Battalion," the spokesman added.

The illustrious battalion has been famous for two centuries for warfare skills and bravery.

Similarly, The First Battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles celebrated its bicentenary in style on Friday at the Sevoke Road Military Station near Siliguri in North Bengal.
3rd Gorkha Regiment celebrates bicentenary at Sevoke
3rd Gorkha Regiment celebrates bicentenary at Sevoke
The day's programme started with unveiling of a 'War Memorial' in the presence of veterans of the 1/3 Gorkha Rifles. As many as 38 retired officers of the battalion got together to design a trophy and present it on the occasion of the bicentenary to the unit. This too place on Thursday evening.

After Friday's unveiling of the War Memorial, the figurine of a Gorkha soldier in Shok Shastra pose (rifle pointing downward), the CO said: "This is a moveable memorial that the unit will carry with it to all locations. Wreaths will be laid at this memorial on April 24 every year." The 1/3 Gorkha Rifles is moving out of Sevoke Road later this year and will be deployed along the LOC.

After unveiling of the War Memorial, a Sainik Sammelan as held in which JCOs and soldiers of the battalion were honoured. A first day cover to mark the occasion was also released. Major General Avinash Singh, Colonel of the Gorkha Regiment, said that the foundations of all the battalions are extremely strong. The Gorkhas, indomitable warriors, have created a mark for themselves in the annals of the Indian Army.

"While the First of the Third have been winning trophies of overall excellence every year, the Second of the Third has also created a record. They are the only battalion to have served in Siachen without a single casualty or evacuation. In the third week of October, the Gorkha Regiment will be holding another gathering in Varanasi to mark the bicentenary," Singh said.

 
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