A cruel prac­tice

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The ar­ti­cle ‘A Re­la­tion­ship of Trust’ was a good read but the in­for­ma­tion given in it left a lot to be de­sired. It did not men­tion that 2014 marks the dou­ble cen­ten­nial of the in­duc­tion of Nepalese soldiers in the Bri­tish Army. It was af­ter the An­glo-Nepal War of 1814-16 - in which an ex­pan­sion­ist Gorkha Em­pire clashed with the Bri­tish East In­dia Com­pany - that the king­dom signed the Su­gauli Treaty of 1816. Al­though this treaty gave free­dom to Nepal, it came with a price: Nepal lost one-third of its ter­ri­tory. In ad­di­tion to this, a Bri­tish res­i­dent was ap­pointed in Kath­mandu.

But per­haps the most aw­ful con­di­tion of the treaty was the re­cruit­ment of Nepalese soldiers into the Bri­tish Army. The re­al­iza­tion of the im­pact of this con­di­tion dawned upon the people of Nepal in the true sense af­ter the First World War when Nepal lost some 20,000 young men to the war. One in ev­ery 10 young men re­cruited did not re­turn home. Gurkhas still serve in the Bri­tish Army but now there is grow­ing dis­con­tent about the cruel tra­di­tion of Nepalese men serv­ing a for­eign army. One hopes this ends soon.

Har­ish Bose

Kolkata, In­dia

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