Why do Gurkhas choose to join the military?

  If you take a stroll around the eastern city of Dharan or the western city of Pokhara, the sight of young men, training relentlessly with dokos strapped across their heads, or up hills is unmissable. The heavy sense of wanting to join…
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The Martial race theory and the Gurkhas

The idea that certain ‘groups’ are better at fighting than the others has been concurrent throughout history. Whether that’s during the era of Ancient Greece or the Roman Empire. Following that, the idea that certain ‘clans, castes,…

Gurkha Recruitment Depot (GRD) and Gallwalla

A potential Gurkha recruit being examined by a Medical Officer at Abbottabad, 1902. (Credit: 6 GR) When British were in India, Gurkha Gallawallas (recruiters) from the Darjeeling and Gorakhpur recruiting depots were deployed yearly to…
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Gurkha pride

A signpost located in Saradhanagar Chitwan, Nepal. Majority of Gurkhas who served in the Gurkha regiments take great pride for their military service- this is demonstrated in various ways. Here in this picture, a crossroad in Saradanagar,…

Gurkhas and martial race: The connection

Gurkhas' kits being inspected, First World War (Credit: Asian Center) When we think of a physical appearance of the Gurkhas, we believe most of them as a robust and East-Asian looking smiling Nepalese men with an average height of 5’5…