Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you”
Sir Ralph Turner MC, 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1931
“Better to die than be a coward" is the motto of the world-famous Gorkhas.
Historian Tony Gould said Gurkhas have brought an excellent combination of qualities from a military point of view. He said: "They are tough, they are brave, they are durable, they are amenable to discipline. 
The Gurkhas are crazy and fearless fighters,"Their motto is 'Better to die than be a coward' "
Their quality that sets them apart from others. They are Fearless fighters, and in close quarter fighting they are unbeatable.
They also hold a record number of Victoria Crosses, and some have won it twice. This is Britains highest award for Bravery, and is not given lightly. 
Indian Army Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw once said, "If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha."

Notable Indian Gorkhas

  •  Durga Malla – Indian freedom fighter
  •  Trilochan Pokhrel - Indian freedom fighter
  •  Ram Singh Thakuri – Music composer of Indian national anthem
  •  Damber Singh Gurung - Indian Gorkha representative in the Constituent Assembly of India
  •  Ari Bahadur Gurung - member of Drafting Committee for the Constitution of India
  •  Nar Bahadur Bhandari – Former Chief Minister of Sikkim
  •  Pawan Kumar Chamling – Chief Minister of Sikkim
  •  Mahendra P. Lama – Former Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University
  •  Tanka Bahadur Subba – Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University
  •  Dr. Mani Kumar Chettri – Renowned doctor (Padmashree)
  •  Major Dhan Singh Thapa - Param Vir Chakra
  •  Colonel Lalit Rai – Vir Chakra
  •  Louis Banks – Jazz musician
  •  Binod Pradhan – Bollywood and Nepali film cinematographer
  •  Sonam Sherpa – Lead guitarist of Parikrama (band)
  •  Prashant Tamang – Indian Idol 3 winner, singer and Nepali film actor
  •  Kapil Thapa – Indian Idol 4 runners-up
  •  Jyoti Brahmin – Miss India Earth 2004
  •  Sunil Chhetri – Footballer (Arjuna Award)
  •  Sanju Pradhan – Footballer
  •  Nirmal Chettri – Footballer
  •  Shyam Thapa – Footballer
  •  Amar Bahadur Gurung - Footballer (1970 Asian Games Bronze Medalist)
  •  Ram Bahadur – Footballer (1962 Asian Games gold medalist)
  •  Tarundeep Rai – Archer (Asian Games 2011 silver medalist; Arjuna Award)
  •  Bharat Chettri – Hockey player (former captain of Indian hockey team)
  •  Shiva Thapa – Boxer (youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games)
  •  Padam Bahadur Malla – Boxer (first Indian to win individual gold medal in Asian Games)
  •  B.S. Thapa - Boxer (Arjuna Award)
  •  Som Bahadur Pun – Boxer (Commonwealth Games 2005 gold medalist)
  •  Geetanjali Thapa – Bollywood actress and National film awardee for Best Actress)
  •  Anuska Chhetri - DID Lil' Masters first runner up
  •  Jitu Rai - Indian Shooter of Nepalese origin World pistol Champion
  •  Amit Chhetri - Mr. India
  •  Om Chetri DID Lil' Masters first runner up
  •  Pradeep Gurung DID 1st Runnur Up
  •  Soumya Rai DID Lil' Master 4th Runner up
  •  Shere Thapa 1962 Indo-China War Hero
  •  Mani Kumar Subba,Former M.P. of Assam
  •  Pemba Tamang- Shooter (17th Incheon Asian Games, 2014 silver medalist in 25m center fire team events.)

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