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Nepal, the country of diversity is a small Himalayan nation in south Asia. Full of natural and cultural diversity Nepal has its own distinct feature in the global arena. Nepal helds high with the Mt.Everest listed in the world heritage. Besides all these, Nepal has its own taste and blend in its food.

 

Nepalese Food:

The food of Nepal is as diverse as the country itself. The Nepalese recipes are quick to cook and delicious to eat. Nepalese food is famous for its nutrition level and tempting taste. Whilst Nepalese cuisine is somewhat basic, it certainly does not lack in flavour, making extensive use of spices and flavourings such as ginger,coriander, pepper, cumin, chillies, cilantro, mustard oil, ghee and ocassionally yak butter.

 

History of Gurkha:

Gurkha, also spelled as Gorkha or Ghurkha, are people from Nepal and Northern 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 od Mewar, Rajasthan (Rajputana). Later descendants of Bappa Rawal moved further east to found the house of Gorkha, which in turn founded the Kingdon of Nepal. Gorkha is one of the 75 districts of modern Nepal.

 

Gurkha are best known for their history of bravery and strength in the British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas and Indian Army's Gorkha regiments. The Gurkhas were designated by British officials as a "Martial Race" was a designation created by officials of British India to describe "races" (people) that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle and to possess qualitites of courage, loyalty, self sufficiency, physical strength, resilience, orderliness, the ability to work hard for long periods of time, fighting tenacity and military strategy. The British recruited heavily from these Martial Races for service in the British Indian Army.

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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/Prince Shailadish, founder of the Royal house of Mewar, who became the first Gurkha and is said to be the ancestor of the Royal Family of Nepal (there is no royal family as Nepal is " Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal ".

 

the majority of the early Gurkhas were from the Thakuri/Rajput, Chetri and Brahmin ethnic groups, whereas the modern Gurkha soldiers are mainly from the Limbu, Rai, Gurung and Magar ethnic groups. They joined the Gurkhas during 17th century expansion of the Gurkha Kingdom. However, even today the Thakuris and Chetri make up the majority of the Gurkha officers in Nepal, while the backbone of the Gurkha army is mainly Limbu, Rai, Gurung and magar people, this combination of warriors from different ethnic groups made the Gurkhas a dominant military force in history of the Indian subcontinent since the 18th century.

 

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 Gorakhnath awoke, he was pleased with the devotion of Bappa Rawal. The Guru gave him the Kukri (Khukuri) knife, the famous curved blade 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 Gorakhnath, and their bravery would become world famous. He then instructed Bappa Rawal, and his Gurkhas to stop the advance muslims, who were invading Afghanistan  (which at that time was a Hindu/Buddhist nation). Bappa Rawal took his Gurkhas and liberated Afghanisthan - originally named Gandhara, from which the present day Kandhara derives its name. He and his Gurkhas stopped the initial Islamic advance of the 8th century in the Indian subcontinent.

 

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,

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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. By 1769, through the leadership of Sri Panch Maharaj Dhiraj Prithvi Narayan Shahdev (1769 - 1775), the Gorkha dynasty had taken over the area of modern Nepal. They made Hinduism the state of religion, although with distinct Rajput warrior and Gorkhanath influences.

 

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 made Nepal a protectorate. Much later, they were granted right to freely hire them as mercenaries from the interior of Nepal. and were then organised in gurkha regiments int he East India Company army with the permission of then prime minister, Shree Teen Maharaja Jung Bahadur Rana, the first rana Prime-minister who initiated a Rana oligarchic rule in Nepal. Jung Bahadur was the grandson of the famous Nepalese hero and Prime mimister Bhimsen Thapa. Originally Jung Bahadur and his brother Ranodip Singh brought a lot of modernisation to Nepalese socitey, the abolition of slavery, undermining of taboos regarding 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 murdered Ranodip Singh and the sons of Jung Bahadur stole the name of Jung Bahadur and took control of Nepal. This Shumsher Rana rule is regarded by as one of the reason for Nepal lagging behind in modern development. The children of Jung Bahadur and Ranodip Singh lived mainly outside of Kathmandu in Nepal, and in India after the coup d'etat of 1885.

 

The "original" Gurkhas who were descended from the rajputs (Thakuri and Chetri) confused to enter as soldiers and were instead given positions as officers in the British-Indian armed forces. The non-Kashaktriya Gurkhas entered as soldiers. The Thakur/Rajput Gurkhas were entered as officers, one of whom, General Narendra Bahadur Singh, Gurkha Rifles, great grandson of Jung Bahadur, while a young captaion, rose to become aide-de-camp to Lord Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India.

 

The Gurkha soldier recruits were mainly drawn from several ethnic groups. When the British recruiting from the interior of Nepal these soldiers were mainly drawn from Magar, Gurung, Rai or Limbu, although earlier British Gurkhas included Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Assamese and others as well. 

 

After the British left India, Gorkhalis continued seeking employment in British and Indian forces, as officers and soldiers. 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 fro Gurkhas serving in the Indian Army.

 

 

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