The Ninth Gorkhas celebrated 200-years of its raising in Secunderabad, Telangana on 16 March 2017. The first battalion of the Ninth Gorkhas was raised by the British government in 1817 as the ‘Fatehgarh Levy’.
Ninth Gorkha Rifles has a unique honour that all its battalions have been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Citation for exceptional performance in the line of duty. Awards conferred on the regiment in the two centuries of its existence includes
• Three Victoria Crosses
• Five Mahavir Chakras
• Seventeen Vir Chakras
Some of the Regiments battle honours are Mesopotamia, France and Flanders, Afghanistan, North Africa, Burma, Chindits, Kumarkhalli, Phillora, Dera Baba Nanak and Jammu & Kashmir.
Events held as prelude to the Bicentenary Celebrations includes
• Scaling of Mount Stok Kangri (6153 meters): A team of the regiment on 30 September 2016 scaled Mount Stok Kangri, which is the highest peak of the Stok Ranges in the Ladakh Region.
• Motorcycle Rally: A motorcycle rally was flagged off by the Chief of Army Staff, General Rawat. The rally was conducted on the traditional recruiting areas in Western Nepal. The rally reached Pokhara, Nepal on 4 February 2017.
• Massive rally to celebrate the bicentenary of the Regiment: The massive rally that saw the participation of almost 3500 ex-servicemen and widows was held in Pokhara, Nepal. The event was attended by General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army, and Lt General AK Bhatt, Colonel, Ninth Gorkhas. This massive rally also coincided with the motorcycle rally that reached the city of Pokhara on the same day.
Conclusion of the event: The event culminated with a special dinner. The dinner ceremony was attended by serving and retired soldiers, including former Governor of Punjab, Gen B K N Chibber. The occasion was graced by more than 500 veterans from remote areas in Nepal with their families. This participation reaffirmed the regimental bonds between the two nations.
Regimental bonds between Nepal and India
The two nations, namely India and Nepal, share a unique model of military diplomacy. At present, about 32000 Nepali citizens are serving in the Indian Army. Apart from this, more than 90000 veterans are drawing their pensions in Nepal.
9 Gorkha Rifles
The 9 Gorkha Rifles is a Gorkha regiment of the Indian Army. It comprises Gurkha soldiers of Nepalese origin and was initially formed in 1817 by the British government. After independence one of the Gurkha regiments was transferred to the Indian Army. They were transferred to India as part of the tripartite agreement in 1947. This Gorkha regiment mainly recruits soldiers who come from the Chhetri (Kshatriya) and Thakuri clans of Nepal. Domiciled Indian Gorkhas are also taken, and they form about 20 percent of the regiment's total strength.
The 9 Gorkha Rifles is one of the seven Gorkha regiments of the Indian Army. The other regiments are 1 GR, 3 GR, 4 GR, 5 GR (FF), 8 GR and 11 GR.