After 200 years, British turn its back and expels loyal Gurkhas from the UK…
April 1, 2008
After 200 years, British turn their backs and expels loyal Gurkhas from the UK while allowing convicted criminals to stay…
Anyone who supervises people,or, much more, anyone who has had the opportunity to lead men in battle, knows the real meaning of loyalty from their staff/soldiers. It is a priceless commodity, especially when your unit is in a tough spot.
There is almost nothing more important than knowing that you can trust the man beside you with your life, in any condition, in any given situation. Among all the military units in the world, the valiant Nepalese Gurkhas have served Her Majesty the Queen and Great Britain for 200 years. The Gurkhas served as the first line of defense, the first to lead an attack, and if anyone needed protection, the Gurkhas were assigned to that duty as well.
There is an oft-told story about how in the Falklands War, the British managed to make the Argentinians flee the scene of the battle without a shot being fired. The Brits would simply crawl up to within shouting distance of the Argentinian encampments and lines of defense and shout “GURKHA!!!” Upon hearing that, the Argentines would flee quick as the wind rather than face the fearless ‘Kukri’, or the Gurkha’s machete. They are the only unit within the British Armed Forces allowed to carry a weapon not specified in their list of uniforms and weapons. How Prince Harry was allowed to wear one was probably in respect to the Prince. No other British soldier can just wear the Kukri. Although there are Gurkhas who graduated from Sandhurst, they are still commanded by British officers. They did not question this as good soldiers. The kukri attracted attention when Prince Harry carried one holstered in the back of his gear bag and shown on TV when he spent a few months in Afghanistan. Also, it is interesting to note that of all the other British battle units, only Gurkhas are allowed to wear the kukri along with their other battle equipment. Just a few weeks ago, they were providing personal protection to the Prince, and not the SAS, not the SBS in Afghanistan. An indication of the great trust that the Gurkhas earned over all these years.
Two weeks or so ago, though, the United Kingdom committed the worst act of maltreatment ever seen in today’s Armies. After the Gurkhas spent their whole live training to qualify to be a soldier in the British Army, in order to fight for the United Kingdom, the British announced, with the kind of thoughtlessness and crassness that shocked the world, the UK announced that they were giving the Gurkhas, who were usually given living accommodations in the UK in exchange for risking their lives for the Brits whenever they were needed, two weeks notice, and then they had to leave the UK.
This is scandalous because the British Government is allowing convicted criminals the right to stay in the country. (see Daily Mail Article)
Considering that for all the battles they fought and continue to fight without complaining that their salaries were much lower than those of the standard for British soldiers, they hardly complained about it. However, when they are getting expelled from the very country the bled and died for, they have all the right to complain, at the very least. For all the wars they went, they fought, and won. Now, the British are expelling them from the UK. They have a limited time to go. Not even enough time to find a place to stay before being thrown out. But the cold, harsh and heartless decision of the British did not change. So on BBC, footage of old Gurkhas were shown returning the medals awarded, medals that not even the British soldiers had garnered. Just a few days ago, they picketed and returned medals given them by a previously grateful British government. A government that is now throwing them out of the U.K.. A sympathetic Member of Parliament stuffed them in a box to show Parliament. As another sign of discrimination, the children of the Gurkhas, who, as soldiers were paid much less than the average Brit soldier, were allowed to have their children study in the better schools in the UK, BUT at full price. After seeing this, all my respect for the British went down the drain. My respect for the British members of the Army, who seemingly are doing nothing to extend a hand of help to their comrades of 200 years, serves as even more evidence of the type of racists they are. There is nothing in the news , TV, print or Internet about any Brit soldier who bothered to show a bit of support for these valiant fighters, who fought by their side and undoubtedly helped them win wars.
Just one thing. Don’t ever get on the wrong side of the Kukri wielder for they can become much more fierce than they are pleasant, and when the time comes, you do not want to be on the other side of the battle line that is drawn between you and them. The Brits can go jump. This was totally an act of disloyalty and unkindness to a group of people who fought for them between hell and back for two hundred years. They even trusted them over all of your other units to protect their Prince Harry, son of Princess Diana, during his stint in Afghanistan. How they could treat the Gurkhas in this manner is an indication of the kind of people they really are inside. After two hundred years, you treated soldiers who gave their all for you like garbage.
Even if they go all over the world to look for fighters to serve their Queen as the Gurkhas did, they know they will not succeed. Apparently, they do not care. It makes one wonder, who are they giving the finger to next? The Special Air Service? Come to think of it, did the much touted SAS do anything to help the Gurkhas? The MoD (Ministry of Defence) is an embarrassment to Armed Forces all over the world. Their worldwide stature just went down a few feet.
A more polite, disciplined and kind people, you will not meet anywhere. I am proud to have been given a kukri by a Gurkha. But that was decades ago, in another lifetime, in another country. I write this story for them, not me.