The Gorkha.com is an idea that was born from a people’s movement in Dehradun. It was this very movement that brought together a group of like- minded people to search for ways to bring the fractured Gorkha community together in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
History has it that the Gorkha army first came from Nepal on the behest of a Garhwali nobleman, Harsh Dev Joshi, with designs on the throne of Kumaon. In 1790, the Gorkhas crossed Kali river and overran Kumaon. In 1903 Garhwal fell as the Gorkha army continued its march right up to Punjab Hills (now Himachal Pradesh) right up to river Sutlej. In 1914 the British and the Gorkhas clashed in a historic battle in Khalanga, Dehradun. The British unable to beat the Gorkhas, cut off the water supply to flush them out. The British went on to defeat the Gorkhas in Malaun before they signed the Treaty of Sagauli that made the Gorkhas give back the 105,000 kms they had won from Teesta (Sikkim) to Sutlej, to the British who began recruiting them in the army since 1815. The British never forgot their encounter with the Gorkhas and a mark of respect made the only kind of war memorial anywhere in the world dedicated to their valiant foe the Gorkhas, in Dehradun.
Despite their proud history the Gorkhas after independence found that they were seen as imports of the Raj and were constantly questioned about their identity. Most continued to follow in the footsteps of their fathers as soldiers, the popular perception being that a Gorkha speaking Nepali meant being a citizen of Nepal. With no voice, no leadership, no education to rise up and fight for their place, the Gorkhas felt that the best way to survive and gain acceptance was to emulate the more dominant Indian culture. Assimilation came at a huge cost. Gradually the Gorkhas began to lose their history, their folk lore, language, songs, food and culture. As Uttarakhand gained statehood, the Gorkhas who had fought alongside found themselves further marginalized, with no access in governance save for the one avenue as soldiers where no one could replace their valour and ability to die for their salt.
Through ‘The Gorkha’ social community, our endeavor is to reach out to Gorkhas living across the globe and serve as an active platform to showcase and promote culture, history, and identity of Gorkha community in India and at global stage.