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Indian Army Apprehended one ULFA (I) Cadre with weapon

Red Shield Division of Indian Army, under the aegis of Spear Corps apprehended one cadre of ULFA (I) outfit along with Lekhapani Police from Bisa Gaon under PS Lekhapani. The operation was launched on a specific input regarding movement of a suspected cadre with weapon in general area Lekhapani.

The apprehended individual has been identified as Subash Chetry, age 30 years. He is a resident of Dibong Bari. One 7.62 mm pistol with four live rounds were recovered from him.

Later, during the joint interrogation the individual confessed that he was having links with ULFA (I) outfit. 

NRC Biometrics concerns Gorkhas : Parisangh demands release of locked biometrics data

Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP), Assam State 2023-2026 Silver Jubilee Committee sworn at Moni Kumar Subba Bhawan, Guwahati. Amar Adhikari from Guwahati and Nanda Kirati Dewan from Golaghat sworn in as President and Secretary General with 51 office bearers and executive members.

The Silver Jubilee Committee elected for the session of 2023-2026 of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, Assam State was sworn on Sunday at the Moni Kumar Subba Bhawan in Guwahati. 51 member committee lead by President Amar Adhikari from Guwahati, Working President Mohan Lal Sharma from Tinsukia and Secretary General Nanda Kirati Dewan from Golaghat  were administered oath of office and secrecy by National Working President BGP Nityananda Upadhyay in gracious presence of following observers National Vice President BGP and Incharge of South India Yam Prasad Ghimire, President of NE Zone BGP Dr. Dilip Chetri and Ramesh Bastola, National General Secretary of the youth wing of BGP.

In his congratulatory speech Prem Tamang, chairman of Gorkha Development Council (GDC), Government of Assam appreciated the works of the Parisangh nationally and activities of Assam state. ' It is our collective responsibility to extend all possible support to the Parisangh in Assam since the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) is the only national social organisation of the Gorkhas in India', Prem Tamang said addressing the audience present and wished the newly elected committee a successful silver jubilee in 2026. Arjun Chetri and Numal Chetri respectively President and General Secretary of All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU), Harka Bahadur Chetri, Chairman, Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC), Dr. Indu Prabha Devi, Vice President of Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS), Ganesh Sharma, Treasurer, Assam Gorkha Sammelan (AGS), Dilu Sharma, President BTR Region AGS, Bhaskar Dahal, former President AAGSU, Puspadhar Sarma, founder and former president NE Zone Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh attended & addressed the sweaing in ceremony, extended best wishes to newly formed Assam State Committee of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh.

The ceremony was anchored by outgoing Secretary General Bimal Pradhan who has been appointed National General Secretary (Organisation) and presided by outgoing President Prakash Dahal till the charges were handed over. The first Extended Executive Meeting held under the presidentship of Amar Adhikari unanimously extended vote of thanks and gratitude to the outgoing team and recommended to induct Prakash Dahal as Joint Secretary General in the national committee at the forthcoming National Executive Meet (NEM) and 23rd Foundation Day to be held at Siliguri, North Bengal on 5th and 6th April 2023 to be hosted by Siliguri Divisional Committee BGP. 

Briefing correspondents in Guwahati Nanda Kirati Dewan, Secretary General, Assam State Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh said, ' The first Extended Executive Meeting resolved to take up issue of NRC blocked biometrics. Due to biometrics held by the NRC authorities common people have been deprived of basic fundamentals rights. Families below proverty line have been stripped of essentials from the Public Distribution Schemes (PDS), Fair Price Shops (FPS). Rural Final Inclusion initiative and Direct Benefits Transfer (DBF) schemes of Government of India have been worsely affected causing serous banking KYC and other documentation concerns.', Dewan lamented.

Dewan further stressed that Government of Assam and NRC Authority should file interlucatory application (IA) before the Supreme Court of India with respect to the biometrics issues of almost 28 lakhs  people including nearly 1 Lakh Gorkhas.

'This issue needs immediate attention humanitarian approach with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) from the Government of Assam and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Goverment of India. If the Governments remains reluctant, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh will explore legal options before Supreme Court for ensuring basic fundamental rights on constitutional grounds.', Nanda Kirati Dewan said appealing government to adopt immediate measures at the earliest possible.

The executive also resolved to work on the ' Teok Ouguri Declaration' adopted at the 6th Trinnenial State Conference of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh held on 4th and 5th February 2023 at Anusuchitjati Nepali Janjati Uccha Madhyamik Bidhyalay at Ouguri near Teok in Jorhat where the new committee was elected. 

Mrs. Laxmi Subedi and Mrs. Troun Devi were sworn in as Senior Vice President and Secretary ( Woman Affairs and Finance) from the Bharatiya Gorkha Mahila Parisangh the women wing of BGP, Dr. Sukmaya Lama and Dr. Raju Subba were sworn in as Vice President ( Youth Affairs & Higher Education) and Joint General Secretary (General Administration) from the Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh the youth wing BGP along with Roshan Gurung, Secretary Education and Madhav Prasad Upadhyay, Secretary Legal Affairs.

District Observers and responsibilities of the office bearers too were assigned. The Assam State Committee BGP will celebrate its 23rd Foundation Day in Guwahati on 6th April 2023 with a day-long programme.

Gauhati High Court fines Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) for questioning citizen of a Gorkha Defence veteran.

85 years old Jagat Bahadur Chetri a Gorkha defence veteran was declared bonafide Indian citizen by the Gauhati High Court, who was marked 'D meaning Doubtful Voter' in Electoral Roll since 1997.

'Being tried at Foreigners Tribunal (FT) meant insult on my Gorkha ethnicity. I was born as an Indian and glad that will die as an Indian. - Chetri said 

~Nanda K Dewan
The Honorable Gauhati High Court 20th Feb 2023 Monday imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) of 52 Dibrugarh Legislative Assembly constituency, for referring to Foreigners Tribunal, a retired defence personnel Jagat Bahadur Chetri 85 who served at the 14 FAD ( Field Ammunition Depot) of the Indian Army at Satgaon near Amsing Jorabat under Narengi Army Cantonment. Chetri retired in 2005 after 38 years of service who joined Indian Army in 1963. The ERO had referred him to the  Foreigners Tribunal (FT) for trial as to whether he is a citizen of India.

The court observed that the order of reference itself provides that the ERO had got the matter verified by on the spot local verification on the question and it was found that the date of birth of Jagat Bahadur Chetri is 1937 and the place of birth is Dibrugarh. 

Setting aside the order of reference, the division bench of Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua and Justice Robin Phukan held, "If Jagat Bahadur Chetri was born in the year 1937 and his place of birth is Dibrugarh and there is no material that subsequent to his birth, he migrated to the specified territory ( Bangladesh as defined in the Assam Accord 1985) and thereafter re-entered the state of Assam subsequent to 25th March 1971, we are of the view that it was an absolute non-application of mind on the part of the ERO of 52 Dispur Legislative Assembly Constituency to have referred the petitioner to the Foreigners Tribunal for an opinion.”

The court further highlighted that the petitioner was serving in the Indian Army since 1963 and retired in 2005 and the enquiring officer had not done its duty in the proper earnest. 

The court held that the reference order is not maintainable and declared that the petitioner shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges as a citizen of India as may be admissible under the law. 

For causing inconvenience to the petitioner, the court also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on the ERO.

Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) the national social organisation of the Gorkhas in India that was spearheading NRC case of the Gorkhas in the Supreme Court and D Voters case with the Election Commission of India welcomed the judgement and upheld the verdict. BGP is of the opinion that the courts ruling to cost fine of Rs  10,000/- for causing harm to the bonafide citizen should not only act as deterrent for all officers of Election Commission of India in Gorkhas case but also educate police officers of Border branch not be casual in questioning citizenship of a Gorkha.
When contacted for reaction Prakash Dahal, President of BGP Assam State unit said, 'Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh is very much agitated towards the process of serving notices to the Gorkhas bonafide citizen of India as foreigners with an opinion that the 'son of the soil' entered Assam from a specified territory after 24th March 1971 midnight. Time and again we brought this matter to the authorities concerned but there was no heed. 

Our decent to the said matter is now clearly proved in the court of law as to how the patriotic Gorkha citizens are simply harassed by the concerned Election Officers who was so reluctant to verify the facts and callously charged a baseless and false allegation on a law abiding ex-serviceman Gorkha who had sacrificed his life in service of the nation.'

'Being tried at Foreigners Tribunal (FT) meant insult on my Gorkha ethnicity. I was born as an Indian and glad that will die as an Indian.' said an ailing Chetri while taking to this correspondent over phone. He feels relieved and free from a heavy weight of insult on his forehead for being tried as a doubtful voter. He felt that the  court must have fined the ERO for dereliction in duty and causing harm to his self respect and questioning his citizenship.

'Jagat Bahadur Chetri case is not a single example but many such cases against genuine Indian Gorkhas in the civil society are also still pending.  Therefore,  we urge upon the Election Commission of India to drop all D Voters arbitrarily marked since 1997 and also those who haven't been tried at the Foreigners Tribunal and delete the D mark from the Electoral Roll against the names of Gorkha voters. It will not only provide relief to the Indian Gorkhas but also install self esteem of the 'sons of the soil'., stressed Dahal.

Advocate of the Gauhati High Court and National Working President of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) Nityananda Upadhyay told this this correspondent that the honourable court must have referred previous judgements where high court overturned verdicts by the Foreigners Tribunal (FT) declaring genuine Indian Gorkhas as Foreigners having migrated from the specified territory'. This is not an isolated case, the court previously have heard Gorkhas matter on this subject and passed legal and logical judgement restoring community's faith on judiciary and democracy.

Gorkhafa conferred ‘Pillar of Society 2021-22’ international award

Harka Bahadur Chetry receiving Pillar of Society 2021-22 international award in New Delhi
‘Gorkhafa’ Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) received ‘Pillar of Society 2021-22’ international award conferred by Social Justice for International Civil Rights Council (SJFICRC) affiliated to Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)’s civil society of United Nations (UN) and National Anti Crime and Human Rights Council of India (NACHRCOI) affiliated to Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India for being a crusader for Gorkha community’s human and constitutional rights and in social justice domain. Chetry was decorated with award certificate, citation and a name inscribed award trophy by SJFICRC International President G Vanneri, India President Md. Shanon Shaikh and Founder Director Dr. Diwas Lama and Sabita Gurung.

In his award address Harka Bahadur Chetry thanked the organization for nominating him for the recognition and expressed gratitude to jury members for deeming him fit for the prestigious award. ‘I dedicate this award to the first martyr of Gorkha Autonomous Council Shaheed Birbol Limbu of Golaghat along with the martyrs of Gorkha Ekta Sabha. I feel this award is not my personal achievement but recognition our struggle for indigenous community status in Assam and the Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) movement that was conceived in 1997 when I was  the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) president. The name of our organization GACDC is self explanatory and as its chairman I am glad, honoured and gracefully accept  ‘Pillar of Society’ international award’, added Chetry.

In 2016 while National Register of Citizens (NRC) was being updated and Gorkhas names were being stricken off from NRC assuming them to be from neighbouring nation Nepal instead of being an Original Inhabitant (OI) of Assam, Harka Bahadur Chetry undertook 650 kms Marathon March ( Long foot march from Murkungselek Jonai in Dhemaji to Dispur in Guwahati ) in seeking Assamese identity for the Gorkhas stating that Assam Accord cut off year is not applicable on Gorkhas since the community is indigenous of India and not from the specified territory i.e Bangladesh as stated in the accord.  This resulted in one on one meeting with the then Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and various departments of Government of Assam where the then CM proposed bipartite Home & Political Affairs Commissioner & Secretary level talks between GACDC and Government of Assam on granting indigenous status to Gorkhas of Assam vide Gazette Notification which is still on. It was under his leadership dreamt of an autonomous council for Gorkhas when he became president of AAGSU in 1996 and resolved at its annual conference at Boginadi Higher Secondary School in North Lakhimpur in 1997 for self determination and indigenous identity of Gorkhas in Assam’. His AAGSU, GACDC colleagues in different associations and unions and counterparts in other community organizations too congratulated Harka Bahadur Chetry for the international award in social justice instituted and given by a reputed INGO.

INGO’s ‘Pillar of Society Award’ in social justice to Harka Bahadur Cherty

Pillars of Society Award 2021-2022' an international recognition by the INGO Social Justice for International Civil Rights Council (SJFICRC) working in social justice domain in association with National Anti Crime and Human Rights Council of India affiliated to Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India is being given to Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) for being indigenous Gorkha community rights crusader over three decades in the state of Assam.

Dr. Diwas Lama one of the founder and Director of SJFICRC stated in a press statement that Social Justice for International Civil Rights Council (SJFICRC) affiliated to Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)’s civil society of United Nations (UN) and National Anti Crime and Human Rights Council of India (NACHRCOI) affiliated to Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India is giving away awards in ten categories to awardees from eleven nations at an international award conference focusing on Indo-Nepal relations. The award conference ‘International Indo-Nepal Friendship Award 2022’ will see presence of ambassadors and chief of the mission of award winning nations where A Narayana Swami, Minister of State for Social Justice, Government of India and John Barla, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Government of India will be present as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour to give away the award besides a galaxy of dignitaries. Chetry will be presented ‘Pillar of Society Award 2021-22’ with awardees of other segments from different countries at Constitution Club, New Delhi on 19th Aug 2022 at 3pm.

Talking to this correspondent Dil Bahadur Limboo Senior Vice President of GACDC said, ‘Congratulations to the indigenous fearless real leader of Gorkhas of Assam spearheading the Raithaney Sangram (Indigenous movement) thinker of Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) in Assam. Proud to be his colleague in GACDC and AAGSU since 1996 when he was first elected president of All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU). Since then it’s my honour and pleasure to have always received his encouragement, guidance and support not just in social service but also in life. Glad to be have been working as community leader and doing impactful social work under his mentorship since two decades.’“'Pillar of Society Award 2021-22' by an International NGO working in social justice domain to our chairman is testimony to the fact that GACDC's movement for Indigenous Identity and Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) is not only legitimate but also in high spirit and right direction towards social justice.”, added Limbu who was the president of AAGSU in 2010.

Harka Bahadur Chetry expressed gratitude to the jury and international NGO who has chosen him for the recognition and told that it came as surprise for him since he never expected any award for the movement he lead since 1996. Chetry left for New Delhi this afternoon from Dibrugarh along with GACDC vice president Bhoj Raj Karki who has been his colleague since 1999 after the formation of GACDC. Bogiram Gorkha Bhandari an Indigenous Gorkhalism and Gorkha Bhasa activist wrote a lengthy facebook post recalling Gorkhafa’s three decades of movement recent one being 650 kms Marathon March ( Long foot march from Murkungselek Jonai in Dhemaji to Dispur in Guwahati ) in 2016 which lead to bipartiate Home & Political Affairs Secretary & Commissioner level talks between GACDC and Government of Assam on granting indigenous status to Gorkhas of Assam vide Gazette Notification which is still on. Durga Khatiwora president of Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS) expressed happiness over the recognition and congratulating Chetry for the award said, ‘Harka Bahadur is the person who dreamt of an autonomous council for Gorkhas when he became president of AAGSU in 1996 and resolved at their annual conference at Boginadi Higher Secondary School in North Lakhimpur Dist in 1997 for self determination and indigenous identity of Gorkhas in Assam’. Arjun Chetry and Numal Chetry president and general secretary AAGSU too congratulated GACDC chairman for the award. Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) Assam state gen secretary Bimal Pradhan said, ‘Honour in the form of an award by an INGO is recognition of his leadership skills and vision since it is called Pillar of Society, the name itself is self explanatory. BGP on behalf of Gorkhas of the nation congratulate the awardee Chetry for bringing recognition and laurels in social  justice category as a community leader’. Leaders of Gorkha Community organizations Kirat Rai, Mahasabha, All Assam Magar Union, All Assam Gurung Tamu Union,  Limbu Mahasabha, Assam , Akhil Assam Newar Sanghathan, Akhil Assam Gorkha Biswakarma Samaj and other civil society organizations (cso)s congratulated Gorkhafa for earning recognition. His AAGSU, GACDC colleagues in different associations and unions and counterparts in other community organisations too congratulated Harka Bahadur Chetry for the international award in social justice instituted and given by a reputed INGO.

Nation pays tribute INA’s ‘Singing Soldier’ composer of National Anthem's tune

108th Birth Anniversary of Late Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri observed along with 76th Independence Day

Padumpathar, Golaghat Assam: The 76th Independence Day was celebrated with spirit of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ throughout the nation as such a small village in Assam’s Golaghat district known for organic revolution in the region Padumpathar alongside hoisting the flag and celebrating Independence day paid rich floral tribute to Indian National Army (INA)’s ‘Singing Soldier’ composer of the tune of India’s National Anthem Jana Gana Mana.  Very few are born to leave an impact to bind a nation with music for eternity; Late Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri was one of those god-gifted ones whom India was fortunate to have in the right era.  When he was born on 15th August 1914 (coincidently the same day as Independence Day) to a Gorkha family in Khaniara village, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, no one ever imagined that one day 1.35  billion Indians would remain united with his music of Jana Gana Mana, Kadam Kadam Badeya jaye and Sare Jahan Se Achha. Fond of music and dance from early childhood, he was expected to become a soldier but he never compromised and pursued his passion for music. If music was the mainstay for thousands of INA members, the man behind it was Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri. In 1943, his composition the tune for INAs Quami Tarana was first played to thunderous applause at the Cathay Building in Singapore.

108th Birth Anniversary of Late Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri was observed by 22 state units of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) across the country. Several Gorkha organizations of the nation too observed the day alongside 76th Independence Day celebrations Talking to this correspondent, Prakash Dahal president of Assam State BGP said, ‘Celebration of Birth anniversary of Capt. Thakuri shouldn’t be limited to the Gorkhas alone, he was the son of the soil and pride of the nation who bind the country with his patriotic tune.  Capt. Thakuri should be given highest one of highest civilian award Bharat Ratna or Padma Vibushan posthumously to honour his role in freedom struggle movement. Like we remember and pay tribute to second prime minister of India on 2nd October though it is shadowed by Gandhi Jayanti, BGP strongly feels that INA’s ‘Singing Soldier’ should be remembered alongside Independence day.’

Our National anthem is considered as one of the finest compositions in the world till today and we always credit on man behind it the great Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, however he was behind making the lyrics the original tune was given by somebody else. Its a wonder that a member of Netaji Bose’s Indian National Army, Captain Ram Singh Thakuri created the tune of India’s national anthem and gave us iconic songs like ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’.  Singer, Composer, Conductor and Musician, Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri composed many rousing Patriotic songs, the mainstay for thousands of INA members. His music continues to be soul of Independent India. In 1942-45 Capt. Ram Singh created the music for the INA anthem “Shubh Sukh Chaina ke Barkha barse (Quami Tarana)” and wrote the lyrics and music for “Kadam Kadam badeya jaye”. He gave the exciting martial beat to Tagore’s Hymn, our national anthem today. His composition as pefrormed by Calcutta Youth Choir can be heard. He is the man whose ‘Kadam Kadam’ fills every Indian heart with pride and joy. In May 1946 Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patelji suggested that Capt Ram Singh set up an orchestra of musicians (all from INA, e.g. Ganesh Bahadur, Gulab Singh Thapa, Avtar Singh, Ram Saran, Nar Bahadur Thapa) under the supervision of Col Rathuri, Col Sahgal and Col Ahmed. It was named as “All India INA Orchestra”. Patelji gave Rs 5000/-for instruments from Bombay and other expenses. They travelled around the country to light up national unity through patriotic music and songs with full gusto.

On 15 August 1947 at the Red Fort in New Delhi on the day Independent India first hoisted the national flag  Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri and the Orchestra played the Kaumi Tarana “Subh Sukh” at the flag hoisting occasion at Red Fort. Captain Thakuri played the tune on the violin presented by Netaji who had told him “You will play this violin at the Red Fort when India gets her Independence”. On 15th August 1947 when he played the stirring instrumental version of “Shubh Sukh Chaina ke Barkha barse (Quami Tarana of the INA)” on his violin at the Red Fort, the music added as is said in Hindi ‘Chaar Chand Laga diya’ to the historic occasion. Capt. Ram Singh’s entire life has been actively devoted to creating peace and patriotism through music in highly eventful phases—as a Gorkha soldier of the 2/1 Gorkha Rifles, as the Bandmaster of the INA and as the most active musician of Independence’s formative years and lastly as the Bandmaster of PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary), Lucknow. Gorkha Historian Jyoti Thapa Mani says, ‘During his lifetime, ex 2/1 Gorkha Rifles, later INA Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri was denied national recognition for his musical contribution to Indian history. While his music stirred India to national pride, he remained an unsung hero until his demise in 2002. While India sang and played Kadam Kadam Badaye Jaye everywhere including at The Beating of the Retreat on the evening of Republic Day, the composer remain unacknowledged. His letters and pleas remained unanswered causing much anguish to a man whose passion for India was a lifelong obsession, the motivation for his sterling and eternal patriotic music.’

‘The gauntlet for his quest for recognition was picked up the Indian Gorkha community soon after his death. We strove to spread awareness of this great Gorkha. On 15 August 2006, the Capt. Ram Singh Thakur Memorial Football Tournament was inaugurated in Dharamshala, the day being his birthday and Independence Day. Efforts of all from the local Gorkha and Gaddi community laid the foundation of a highly anticipated annual event under Retd. Capt Bhagwan Singh Gurung, the President of the Memorial Association. From 15 to 25 April 2010, Dharamshala’s Kangra Museum of Art held the first ever Exhibition on the History and Culture of Himachal Gorkhas, Language and Culture Department, Himachal Pradesh. A resounding success, the exhibition received top media coverage, visited by members of the Government and most of all, Indian Gorkhas from Darjeeling Hills and Dehradun. Panels displaying INA Capt. Ram Singh Thakur received attention and created an unprecedented awareness all over. The Gorkha people of Sukna, Darjeeling Hills erected his statue of him with the road named after him. In 2017, at Khaniara village Dharamshala from where Ram Singh hailed, the government named a senior school, road and Bhavan in his name.’ says Jyoti Thapa Mani author of ‘The Khukri Braves – the illustrated history of the Gorkhas’.

After about twelve years of efforts Gorkhas of the nation were in a position to claim his long overdue national recognition in the field of music. With research and compilation for the nomination conducted by Gorkha History writer Jyoti Thapa Mani, the initiative was undertaken by Shri Ravinder Rana, President of the Himachal Punjab Gorkha Association, and Gorkha community including Capt. Bhagwan Singh Gurung, Shri Naveen Gurung, Shri Anil Gurung, Shivraj Thapa of Khaniara Village, Dharamshala.  Things come together at when the time is right, here are the awards and recognition Captain Thakuri George VI Medal 1937, Netaji Gold Medal (Azad Hind) 1943, 1st Governor Gold Medal, 1956, President Police Medal 1972. UP Sangeet Natak Academy (UP Music and Drama Academy) Award 1979, Sikkim Government Mitrasen Award 1993, The First Azad Hind Fauz Award by West Bengal government in 1996.

In 1945 the British had declared Capt. Ram Singh’s composition “Kadam Kadam badeya jaye” as seditious, and banned its recording at the British Gramophone Company in Kolkata. Two weeks after Independence, on 29 August 1947 the ban was lifted. In 1948 Capt. Ram Singh was appointed as DSP with the Provincial Arms Constabulary (PAC) band of Uttar Pradesh Police. On retirement in 1974, he was awarded the title of ‘Emeritus Musician’ and lifetime service, Govt. of UP. On 27th  May 1971,Teen Murti Bhawan in New Delhi, Ms Padmaja Naidu, Governor of West Bengal invited Capt. Ram Singh with his musicians for an evening of patriotic songs on the death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. For the Morning Prayer, Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri played his composition “jalta hoon aur hasaan karta hoon” to the sacred ‘eternal diya/flame’. In the evening Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri  played the two eternal tunes of “Kadam Kadam” and “Shubh Sukh Chaina ke Barkha barse” along with the INA officers, All India Radio singers and National Drama Division. On 7 July 1981 at Ceremonial installation of Netaji’s Chair at Red Fort, New Delhi Capt. Ram Singh played the eternal two tunes on his violin on this occasion.

The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP), Himachal Pradesh state unit paid shradhanjali to the legend on Monday at his native  ancestral residence at Khaniyara Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh with his cousins, immediate and extended family members. Captain Ram Singh Thakuri breath his last on 15th April 2002 at his Mahanagar residence at the age of 87 peacefully and was cremated at Bhaisakund, Uttar Pradesh, India with full state honours though no one from the state or union government were present barring a few senior police officers and families of freedom fighters.  A few days later the then governor of Uttar Pradesh expressed profound grief and over the death of the veteran freedom fighter and composer of official tune of India’s national anthem. A man who deserved at par recognition with Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore who composed the lyrics Jana Gana Mana is yet to get his due, though is music is played in every government and official ceremonies. When will the government give due to the son of the soil is the question of the nation and why not on or before his 110th birth anniversary since we didn’t recognize and reward him on his 20th death anniversary on 15th April 2022.

Organised by the influential All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) and the Padumpathar Agro Organic Producers Company Limited (PAOPCL) a farmers producers company in association with the Upper Assam Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP). The Indian national flag was hoisted by Sanjit Biswakarma president of AAGSU Sarupani Simanta and paying floral tribute to the martyrs began with Kumar Limboo, president AAGSU Doyang Sarupani Simanta Co-ordination Committee. Chairman Anjal Limboo and Directors of PAOPCL were in attendance along with BGP’s Upper Assam Sr. Vice President Bhakta Limboo along with leaders of Assam Gorkha Sammelan and Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS). Representatives of all the units were present where besides the freedom struggle movement and achieving of Independence, guests spoke about unsung heroes ‘Piyoli Phukan’ known to be first martyr hanged by British and ‘Kushal Konwar’ last freedom fighter hanged by British India who was a resident of Sarupathar of Golaghat district 21 kilometers from Padampathar venue of celebration of Independence day. Co-ordination Committee president Kumar Limboo informed the gathering in his speech that besides 76th Independence day it was the 108th Birth Anniversary a legend ‘Singing Soldier’ of Azad Hind Fauj Late Ram Singh Thakuri who composed tune of India national anthem. Like in the rest of nation, we will pay tribute to the unsung and forgotten hero of the country Late Ram Singh Thakuri who passed away in 2002. Documented history of Captain Ram Singh Thakuri complied by author of ‘Khukri Braves – an illustrated history of Gorkhas’ and circulated by the BGP was orated by Anil Limbu, working president of Golgahat district Limboo Mahasabha, Assam and founder president of Sarupani Simanta Gorkha Students’ Union.

( Its a feature article with an event storyline on 'Sangeet Ratna' Late Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri compiled on the 108th Birth Anniversary INA’s ‘Singing Soldier’ who composed the tune of India’s National Anthem Jana Gana Mana, whom the nation is due to recognize at a time when the country celebrated Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav that is 75 years of Indias Independence. Written and compiled by international ward winning community journalist Nanda Kirati Dewan based out of Guwahati Assam and can be reached at +918254023456 and quoting published work of Gorkha historian Ms. Jyoti Thapa Mani  )

Community Digital Media groups gets support from Assam Govt's Development Council

 Gorkha Development Council (GDC) distributed laptops to community journalists and meritorious BPL students 

Guwahati: Gorkha Development Council (GDC) a statutory body of the Government Assam created by the Assam Legislative Assembly under the Welfare of the Plain Tribes & Other Backward Castes Department on Thursday here in Guwahati distributed laptops to community journalists and BPL meritorious students who passed recently concluded HSLC and HS examination. GDC also gave away football kits to one hundred sports clubs of the state.

Talking to his correspondent about the distribution program Prem Tamang, chairman of Gorkha Development Council (GDC) said, 'GDC out from its 2020-2021 earmarked 40% procurement budget have distributed 70 laptops and football kits for 100 sports clubs of the state. Latest laptops with editing softwares will surely support our community digital media groups and journalists who have been serving with limited resources over the few years. Laptops for meritorious BPL students too  will of great use for their higher education.'

'Meritorious BPL students from all the districts on the recommendations of All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU), we have provide laptop to support their higher studies along with subject and state toppers', Tamang added. GDC also distributed football kits that includes boots, jersey, leg guard, footballs, goal keeper gloves, goal nets to 100 sporting clubs of the state. GDC is hopeful that such support will keep the youths of the club fit and healthy so that they can qualify to be a sportspersons or crack Agniveer interview. 

M K Rijal and Pukar Khanal, Editor and Bureau Chief of AG Web TV, Nanda Budhathoki and Rajat Bharadwaj Managing Editor and Editor in Chief of  NE Live 24, Milon Upadhyay of Gorkha Live, Krishna Raj Sangrowla of G News Today and Sanjib Dahal, Editor  of Gorkha Dhwani were the community journalist who recieved laptops for their respective community digital media houses. 'These digital media platforms have been frontliners in disseminating information of the community in public domain in our mother tongue Gorkha Bhasa and ourbstate language Assamese since the advent of digital media. One way they are progpgating and preserving our language which also the responsibility of the GDC so we decided to support those media platforms which are in active service for more than 2 years with digital media technologies begining with laptop and editing tools', said Ram Dahal, Deputy Chairman, GDC.

Bogiram Gorkha Bhandari, Gorkha Bhasa author speaking to his correspondent said, ' Distribution of laptops with editing tools to digital media houses is a welcome move but when will GDC support our mainstream community journalist who have been community's voice even before GDC was formed. GDC should honour journalist along with laptop who contributed to creation of GDC reporting about the Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) demand of AAGSU and GACDC when digital media hardly existed.'

On the issue of the funds from NEC being reduced Chetry said, 'It seems the amount sanctioned almost ₹ 2 Crore per year i.e 2010 to 2021-22, it may also  be said that it was so especially during the previous Congress govt in Assam since the Sarbananda Sonowal government didn't allocate any major funds for development councils created by Congress government in his tenure  The same amount has been reduced to ₹ 1 crore only by the BJP Govt in  2022-23 FY.'

Gorkha Development Council (GDC) was formed in 2010 under the Chief Ministership of Late Tarun Gogoi lead Congress government and is one of 33 community development councils of Assam. It has since 2010 given utilisation certificate of 23.95 crores of funds and North Eastern Council (NEC) has earmarked 1 crore find for 2022-23 session, a statement issued by Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister G Kisan Reddy on the floor of the Parliament in written reply to the question of TMC Raja Sabha MP Shanta Chhetri. Meanwhile the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing the 27th Trinnenial General Confrence and 80th Foundation Day of Assam Gorkha Sammelan at Nikashi in Tamulpur BTR in May had announced that Goverment of Assam will grant one time financial grant of Rs.25 crores to the Gorkha Development Council (GDC).

Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) is the need for indigenous identity- AAGSU

99 students scoring above 90% and 33 Achievers honoured at the Conclave.

 AAGSU president Arjun Chetry and other dignitaries. 
Formation of Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) is the constitutional need for the Gorkhas for indigenous identity and equality in Assam. This was stated by the Assam's influential apex Gorkha students organisation  All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU) president Arjun Chetry on the concluding day of two days 'Education and Felicitation Conclave' held at PWD Convention & Training Centre in Guwahati on Saturday.  99 students scoring above 90% in the recently results declared HSLC and HS examination were felicitated with a Jhaapi ( traditional Assamese head gear), Asomia phoolam gamosa with AAGSU logo printed on it, a citation and a memento. Atleast 33 Achievers too were felicitated and awarded from newly appointed ACS , APS and civil services officers to high ranking officials in civil and police administration after their recent promotion, Sahitya Akademi awardee, national and international awardee in their respective trades including new appointees and electees. 

'GAC is the basic demand of the Gorkhas of Assam and Government of Assam should form Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) in Assam on or before AAGSU's golden jubilee year 2026 and we are hopeful that GAC will be passed in the Assam Assembly before 2024 general elections', Arjun Chetry told this correspondent.

'Achieving demand in democracy is situational and number game. Since the BJP at the centre haven't met demands of creation of Gorkhaland in North Bengal and granting ST status ro 11 left out tribes of the Gorkha community in Sikkim and Darjeeling, i am sure BJP leadership and government will form the Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) in Assam for political edge over other parties among the Gorkhas of the nation in the ensuing general election 2024', Numal Chetry, general secretary AAGSU told mediapersons when asked about their belief that GAC will be formed by 2024.

Lochana Bastola who scored 499 out of 500 in CBSE Class X examination too was accorded 'Achievers Award' felicitation. Subject toppers of various Universities and various Boards too were felicitated today. Atleast 33 'Achievers Award' were presented today this includes Anjan Baskota - Youth Sahitya Akademi awardee for Literature, Babul Gurung, Ace Indian Swimming Coach for Sports, Krishna Bhujel newly elected President of Assam Gorkha Sammelan for Social Service, Prem Tamang, Chairman, Gorkha Development Council, Goverment of Assam for Public Administration, Nanda K Dewan, international award winning senior community journalist for Jouranalism along with newly appointed ACS, APS and civil services officers. Industrialist Ganesh Sharma and MD of Hotel Atithi Yuvaraj Sharma too were specially felicitated. OSD to Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Rajiv Thapa ACS, OSD to BTR Chief Executive Member Raju Dhakal, Political Secretary to CEM and Member of Council Legislative Assembly (MCLA) BTR Madhav Chandra Chetry delivered motivational speech on civil and applied services, corporate career and potentials in political career 

Addressing the achievers students industrialist and motivational speaker Yuvaraj Sharma emphasized on developing entrepreneurship skills for students who donot qualify in desired destination. 'Gorkhas are genetically hardworking being a Himalayan community but smart work is the need of the hour. We should make our fermented foods like gundruk, sinki, sikooti and delicacies commercial. Gorkha milkman should move to shutters from street and start branding their milk produces instead of selling loose to the customers. Our handloom is rich in colour and vibrant naturally should be made available in the market instead of borrowing from Darjeeling and Sikkim'.

History of Demand of Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC).

The All Assam Gorkha Students' Union had resolved for an autonomous council  in lines of swaraj of the freedom struggle movement  for constitutional safeguards and political rights of Gorkhas in 1997 at the 20th Annual Session at the Boginadi Higher Secondary School from 18th to 20th April 1997 in North Lakhimpur under the presidentship of Harka Bahadur Chetry. The annual session had resolved to build AAGSU as cadre based organisation, set up district offices and organisational expansion, financial plans for cadres to take forward issue of assertion of political and constitutional rights. This is understood to be first occasion that the Gorkhas dreamt of an autonomous council in lines of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council in Assam while  Harka Bahadur Chetry and Gopal Acharya were president and  gen secy of AAGSU, than it was known as AANSU (All Assam Nepali Students'Union). Since 2003 after AANSU was renamed to All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU) shunning Nepali identity in Assam and the Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) too rechristened from Special Protected Class Demand Committee (SPCDC) which was formed as an independent political organisation in aegis AAGSU on 26th Dec 1999 on AAGSU's 22nd Foundation Day at Helem Gohpur in Biswanath with founder president of  AANSU Dr. Harka Bahadur Chetry (Senior) as Chairman and Ab Narayan Pathak as general secretary to meet the constitutional demand of an autonomous type arrangements as  Special Protected Class in Assam. In 2002 at the silver jubilee of All Assam Nepali Students' Union (AANSU) in Tezpur as per the resolution passed at Barpathar Golaghat conference in 1998.  With Bhaskar Dahal from Chirang as President abd Padmo Pradhan from Dibrugarh General Secretary of the All Assam Gorkha Students' Union, it  was unanimously resolved to be identified as Gorkha community in Assam instead of the Nepali which is not reciprocal at all inspite of opposition from Kishore Upadhyay who was made the president of AANSU for several years who was of the view that Nepalis donot want Autonomous Council in Assam. In 2003 the AANSU adopted the name All Assam Gorkha Students' Union. After 3 terms AANSU president Harka Bahadur Chetry took responsibility of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) and is still spearheading the Gorkha's indigenous identity movement. He had undertaken 650 kms Marathon March ( Long Foot March) from Murkungselek in Jonai of Dhemaji to Dispur in Guwahati in 19 days demanding Assamese identity and Indigenous status from government of Assam through gazetted notification. 

Krishna Bhujel, president of Assam Gorkha Sammelan declared unconditional support to the Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) movement as per their resolution at their 14th November 2021 in General Council meeting. Prakash Dahal president of Assam Unit of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh congratulated meritorious students and  wished them a bright academic and professional career. He also called for united movement from all the civil society, students, literary organisations with a common minimum agenda. OSD to BTR Chief Executive Member Raju Dhakal and Member of Council Legislative Assembly of BTR Madhav Chandra Chhetri too addressed the conclave.

Education Conclave & Career Choice

On the previous day career counseling and seminar was organised where Dr. Sammujal Bhattacharya, Chief Advisor, All Assam Students'Union (AASU) inaugurated and addressed the conclave as Chief Guest. The All Assam Students' Union apex influential students' union of Assam on Friday criticised the Government of Assam decision to  enforce learning Science and Maths for students vernacular and indigenous languages schools in English. In his addresses Dr. Sammujal Bhattacharya Chief Advisor AASU said, ' Scientific researches have proven that if a students learns science in his mother tongue, the student can understand better so the decision to force students to study science and mathematics in English is not at all scientific. The Goverment of Assam is going against the National Education Policy scheduled to be implemented across the nation by Government of India where it emphasizes on educating young students in mother tongue at tender age.'

'Instead of enforcing medium of instruction to the students it is important to ensure even a vernacular students is able to read write and speak English fluently and comfortably and vice-versa', asserted Dr. Bhattacharya. On the first day an educational awareness seminar was organised where Dr. Sanjib Upadhayay, HoD, Zoology Tyabir Hemchandra Baruah College spoke on National Education Policy 2020. A seminar on ' Career choice, Education and Social Responsibility'  was anchored by Tinku Powdel, Education Secretary AAGSU with experts and panelist.