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153 Gorkha recruits take oath

1:02 PM
A fresh batch of 153 recruits of 39 Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) took oath at the Parade Ground on Saturday. Gorkha recruits were given 'Khukri', their traditional weapon as per Nepali culture.
Varanasi: Army recruits during their passing out parade at the 39 Gorkha Training Centre in Varanasi on Dec 14, 2014. (Photo: IANS)
Varanasi: Army recruits during their passing out parade at the 39 Gorkha Training Centre in Varanasi on Dec 14, 2014. (Photo: IANS)
Colonel Amrit Pal Singh, deputy commandant of 39 GTC took first salute while the second salute was taken by commandant Brigadier Kunwar Birendra Singh. Major General Anil Kumar Bhatt, AVSM, 9 Gorkha regiment, the chief guest, inspected the parade.

After the oath ceremony he paid tribute at the war memorial and signed on the visitor's book. The programme was attended by all the officers, JCO of 39 GTC, civilians, school children and NCC cadets.

As many as eight rifleman were awarded on the occasion for their outstanding performance during military training.


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

GTA Sabha member Kaziman Lohagun on judicial remand

8:45 AM
Darjeeling, July 1: Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Sabha member Kaziman Lohagun, arrested in connection with the Jamuni land case, was remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody.
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Sabha member Kaziman Lohagun, arrested
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Sabha member,
 Kaziman Lohagun, arrested .
The GTA member of Bijanbari-Pulbazar had been arrested on June 27 for allegedly supplying weapons to six persons who had threatened a farmer who refused to part with his land for a tourism project at Jamuni.

Pankaj Prasad, the assistant public prosecutor, today said: “Biplab Roy, the chief judicial magistrate of Darjeeling, has sent Kaziman Lohagun to 14 days of judicial custody. Police have recovered ammunition from him when he was in their custody.”

Prasad did not elaborate on the ammunition, but Taranga Pandit, the defence lawyer, said the police claimed that they had found one .303 live cartridge in the bedroom of Lohagun’s residence at Kerabari, near Jamuni, 20km from here.

The six men who had allegedly threatened Manilal Tamang had also been arrested. The police claimed that an improvised weapon, a khukuri and a rod had been seized from the six.

In April, nine landowners had complained to the Darjeeling district magistrate, saying the GTA had forcibly occupied 13 acres in 2011 to develop it as a tourist spot but it had not paid them compensation.

One of the nine landowners is Manilal whose family has eight acres.

Source: Telegraph
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