|| British envoy opens Gurkha Fair
POKHARA: British Ambassador to Nepal John Tucknott has stressed the need for unity among political leaders in Nepal to conclude the peace process.
Inaugurating Gurkha Fair 2068 BS organized by Gurkha Community Pokhara on Friday, the envoy said the peace process won´t see a logical end without real unity among Nepali people and political party leaders.
Nepali political leaders also need to learn a lesson of unity from the way this fair has been a success due to unity among Gurkhas, he said.
“I am really impressed to see unity among retired Gurkhas.”
Stating that Nepal and the UK have a very good relation for the past many years, the envoy said this cordial relationship will further deepen in the years to come. He said though voices were raised from various quarters for bringing Gurkha recruitment to a halt, the UK will continue to have Gurkhas in her military.
While lauding the gallantry of Gurkha soldiers, the envoy said that he thinks about the Gurkhas more than his own family.
Addressing the function, the fair´s coordinator Major Laxmi Prasad Gurung said the skills and resources earned by former Gurkhas can be utilized to bring about development in Nepal.
Former Gurkhas had staged a parade during the inaugural session of the three-day fair. 103-year-old former Warrant Officer Dil Bahadur Gurung and Captain Dal Bahadur Gurung were felicitated on the occasion. The fair has a total of 40 stalls.
According to the Mela co-ordinator Maj. Lachhimi Parsad Gurung, the first ever Gurkha Mela fro 10 - 13 Feb went better then expected, with a turnout of all the Gurkhas Regts of 1 - 11 GR and corps units of India British and GCSPF.
He added that it was a non political and non profitable work purely focused on community unity, social work and Gurkha joint venture enterprises. Under the Gurkha Community Pokhara, the following institutes were already purely managed by ex officers and ORs of Indian/British/GCSPF:
1. The Gurkha Grocery
2. The Gurkhas Saving and Credit Cooperative (we started with 50 lakhs now the transaction is over 13 cror)
3 The Gurkhali radio 106 Mhz
4. The Gurkha and Barah Jewellery ( a joint venture with Barah jewellery)
Existing Sansthas(in 5- 10 yrs time)
1. Gurkha Hardware
2. Gurkha Travel and tour
3. Gurkha Old age/nursing home
4 Gurkha Medical Institutes
5. Gurkha School
6. Gurkha Security Trg Institute.
7. Gurkha Cup Football
The share holders are only Gurkhas and their dependents, with min share being Nc 10 K to 4 Lakhs.
The Gurkhas.com team joins many others in the wider Gurkha Nepalese community in congratulating the organising committee on the Gurkha Mela's great success and wishes them the very best for further success in coming years.
Published on 2012-02-10 21:34:15