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NEW DELHI, APR 11 - Much has been written, spoken and taught about the glorious history of the brave Gorkha soldiers over decades. Now, the opportunity even to witness, touch and feel the audacity of these world famous fighters is imminent with the plan to establish a Gorkha museum in the hills of Darjeeling.
The foundation stone for the museum was laid by Bharatiya Janata Party's senior leader Jaswant Singh early this week at Batasia Loop, which is six kilometers away from Darjeeling town. The museum will be constructed next to Gorkha War Memorial at an estimated cost of 10 million rupees. Singh, a parliamentarian representing areas including Darjeeling, has reportedly contributed 2.5 million rupees to build the museum from the MP Local Area Development Fund. Singh has committed to contributing the remaining amounts gradually, informed Hemanta Kumar Pradhan, President of Gorkha Sainik Smriti Chinha Samiti.
This museum is the brainchild of Pradhan who, though did not join the army, had a dream of spreading the glorious history of Gorkhas worldwide since his childhood.
"This museum will be a pilgrimage site for Gorkhas from all parts of the world," Pradhan told the Post over telephone from Darjeeling.
According to him, medals, uniforms, photographs and facts will be put on display in the museum whose construction is expected to be completed within a year.
Posted on: 2012-04-11 09:37
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