China Is Investigating Why The Nepali Gorkhas Still Join The Indian Army

Mayukh Bari26 August 2020 2:50PM IST
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India's relationship with Nepal have deteriorated over the past few months. Nepal has even planned to withdraw the Gorkha soldiers from the Indian Army.

A new report suggests that China is spending a lot of money to find out why the Gorkhas still join the Indian Army. This investigation started just after China's ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanki, took the charge in early June. China has also given Rs 12.7 lakh to a Kathmandu based private NGO for the same purpose.

The Gorkha force is an integral part of the Indian Army. There are about 40,000 Nepalese Gorkhas currently serving in the Indian Army's seven Gorkha Rifle regiments (1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th), each of which has five to six battalions (around 800 soldiers each). Before independence there was eleven regiments. But after the independence 2nd, 6th, 7th, 10th regiments joined the British Army.

The Gorkhas have a long tradition in the Indian Army. The Gorkhas also have a reputation for courage. Nepal wants to cancel the Gurkha army recruitment agreement a few days ago. The Gorkhas were recruited into the army under a tripartite agreement between India, Britain and Nepal. Nepal began to claim that the agreement was unnecessary. On Friday, Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said,

The need for a tripartite agreement between India, Nepal and Britain on Gurkha troops is now over. This time it is better to cancel it. There is no need for Nepali nationals to join foreign forces.

Earlier in 2016, the Communist Party of Nepal recommended banning Nepali youth from joining foreign forces. However, at that time the matter was covered up. India has been fighting a cold war with Nepal for the last few months. Experts claim that this is happening at the instigation of China.