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It has almost been a month since I updated on this blog, due to the unprecedented devastation of Nepal’s earthquake I had to rally on to the international communities for the much needed help and support to the victims, and much of my time was rightfully spent writing about it. My endeavors on highlighting the problem aftermath the earthquake is still on full gear, I will keep writing about it as long as it is necessary, and it will keep appearing on my blog here regularly – titled Nepal’s Earthquake Diary. But I am taking some time off from the earthquake issue and trying to concentrate on my day job as a writer and updating my progresses report here.

Writing about Nepal’s earthquake is not a choice, it is a duty and one must never shirk away from it. We are lucky enough to be far away from the danger zone, my other family members who are still residing in Nepal were all safe as well and apart from some slight cracks here and there not much were damaged or lost. Understandably, not all were that lucky, they lost their house, family and the way of life, and it will take years before life can return to normal again. They will need our help, the world mustn’t look away from them and we must provide continuous help, courage and hope. Our prayers are always with the bereaved ones, may lord give them strength to carry on and be able to stand on their feet again someday soon. As far as I am concerned, I will keep writing about it until the day I think it is needed and it is a promise I am going to keep at any cost.

It has already been four months since the publication of my books; I am still trying to find my feet on the literary world and finally getting some momentums. Selling books to strangers is not an easy task, especially when you are a new writer and self-published one, and even though I have managed to sell a few hundreds books to my friends and families, in reality it has no meaning at all. I am certainly gaining more grounds on internet, my connections and presence in social network sites are swelling by day, and I am finally putting a set of promotional campaigns in the process all at the same time. My genuine offer of reviewing other fellow writers’ books wasn’t welcomed by all, perhaps it has something to do with the biased world of east and west and I have completely stopped offering my service by now. My regular blogs are also attracting more visitors, I am also branching out with new articles for the local papers, and one of my recent articles somehow became very popular amongst readers in Hong Kong. Furthermore, I am also listing free books away to my readers, lowering down the cost of my e-books and applying all the possible channels to gain more exposures for my books. And finally I am starting to see changes at the horizon for good, more reviews of my books are appearing gradually and hopefully sell will also starting to trickle in soon. If I can say someday I have sold twenty thousands of my books altogether and I will ask be a very happy man.

I think it will take at least another two months or so before I can see the full effects of my hard work, results for all of those ongoing promotions should be out by then, and I should be able to see if all of my efforts have been paid off or not. I have been working tirelessly for the last five months only on the promotion works of my books and nothing else. I could hardly write and my progress on my 9th book is nothing more than a pittance. Writing and marking books are two totally different things, if I had a choice, I rather like to be writing now and marketing is not easy. If you don’t have time, money, experience, interest or determination, I would strongly suggest you to give this job to a pro, and concentrate your time on what you are good at, e.g. writing. Marketing book is a very slow, hard and assiduous job, it is also very frustrating and you need a lot of patience and expertise to make it a successful one. My golden advice to you all of new writers out there, you should start promoting your book at least six months before the actual publication date, be patience and try to continue promoting it at as many fronts as you possibly can. You must also have some budget for marketing, free promotion is good but it won’t help much in return, and if you do nothing about it, trust me, nothing will happen.

As of my ongoing pursuit on giving a fair chance for my books to be reached out to the right people out there, I have bought some exhibition spaces here and there, and booked for a stand in our very own Hong Kong Book Fair – 15-21 July 2015. Inevitably, I am not only looking forward to meet new people but also hoping to sell some of my printed version books during the exhibition as well and hope that it will be a stepping stone for my much anticipated arrival at the literary world. Let’s pray on that and hope for the best. Thank you! – TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE

It is about time Nepal must start looking beyond New Delhi

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It is not only through irredentism but also geographical position that makes Nepal totally depended on India. The rectangular shaped landlocked nation on the base of great Himalayan range is surrounded by India at its three sides; the only side it has not been connected with India is on the north to China which is due to the Himalayas almost inaccessible. Nepal gets almost everything through India. Mostly gas, petrol, chemical products, medicines, household items, foods, clothes, building materials, and the list can go on. So much so that all the imported products from other countries must also come through Indian ports, Nepal’s exports also must go through Indian ports, and the only alternative way to bring goods to Nepal from outside is through Khasa, at Nepal Tibetan border town. Nepal & India not only share an open border but also have similar language, religion and culture. Both countries have centuries long connection, royal families from both countries still do marry to each other, and hundreds of thousands people from both sides cross borders in a regular basis in search of a better life. Almost all of the leaders from Nepal are educated in India, most of them harness their trades studying Indian politics, and whenever the tiny Himalayan state found itself in a critical situation, it has always seek help from New Delhi. Inevitably, everything it had learned and applied for while ruling the tiny nation was all borrowed from India.

Similarly India has always treated Nepal as its suzerainty, its policy towards Nepal has always been lopsided and whether it was for political or social reason, it has always been self-serving selfish act. Nepal is strategically very important for India’s own security, it is a very significant buffer zone between China & India, and it has never hesitated using it whenever it fits right for its own interest. It is nothing new that India has always acted like a big brother towards Nepal, it was always used Nepal whenever it needed as a pawn, and it has never respected Nepal as a sovereign country. Its ongoing intervention within Nepal is ubiquitous, you don’t have to look hard to find one, and it should disgust the Nepali people if they have a pinch of care about their nation. But, it is not entirely India’s making, it is the spineless leaders from Nepal who had transgressed and sold their nation for personal gain. Nevertheless, the ultimate sinner of this undignified episode that has been going on and on for so long is nobody but the people of Nepal itself, it is because of their sheer ignorance, negligence and blindness that had plundered the whole nation in such a precarious condition, and the people itself is to blame for its ongoing problem. If you allow outsiders to come in and mess around your home, it will be no one’s fault but yours own and you must face the consequence.

I have no personal grievances or issues with the Indian people, I don’t even know one single leader personally from either India or Nepal, and I am only writing here about their policies and nothing more. Generations after generations of leaders from Nepal always had one thing in common, they were all shamelessly corrupted, and self-enrichment had always been a national priority before anything else. Nepal is not a poor country by itself, it has more than enough natural resources of its own, and people don’t even know how to handle it for the sake of own nation and its future. They are so busy enriching themselves that nobody has time to think about the nation. The society has become so selfish, greedy and self-centered that nobody budges without personal gain, looting nation by both hands is a nationwide habit and nobody cares. Governmental system is rotten from the inside and nothing happen until you bribe them; public institutions are divided between the bigwigs as their personal fiefdom and run as they were bequeathed upon in heritage; infrastructures are almost non-existent and people join politic in order to get rich quick; vices like extreme-bureaucracy, cronyism & nepotism are as prevalent as contagious diseases that has no cure; businesses and industries are just nominal; health and education systems are still run in a primitive way and the youth has almost no future. Why such a beautiful country like Nepal has ended up in such a poor, grim and dysfunctional nation of its own? Blame its leaders for everything, blame its people for being so naïve, ignorant and dumb, and blame its own luck for finding itself at the hand of so inept, ungrateful and hopeless people.

Grievances against India are nothing new amongst Nepalese, it can be heard almost in a daily basis and a deep-rooted resentment against India has always been there. Its swarming people allover the remote hills of Nepal; monopolizing business and institutionalizing public services; harassing Nepal’s businesses while exporting through Indian ports; intervening in almost each and every issues in Nepal; using Nepal as its buffer zone against China; trying to colonize Nepal through direct or indirect policies; bad treatment and making derogatory remarks against migrant workers from Nepal in India; and the list can go on and on. But there were certain unfortunate events between India & Nepal that infuriated the proud people of Nepal. Such as nonstop encroachment of lands at its border; rounding up Bangladeshi economic migrants in India and then releasing them in Nepal; trying to use Nepal against China; treating it as one of its own backyard and arriving uninvited with guns whenever there is a crisis; and leaving those uninvited guests behind so they can capture some precious lands here and there. But it was the 1989 trade embargo that India had implemented against Nepal in order to punish it for buying arms from China. It created a manmade shortage of petroleum, kerosene, jet fuel and consumer goods, Nepal was entirely crippled for weeks, and people had not forgotten about it. The recent episode, rather chutzpa might be the right word here shown during the earthquake disaster by the over-confident Indian contingency and its bungling media didn’t help much to improve the situation. They were accused of seizing the airport and Nepal’s airspace, hoarding the press and playing dirty politics in the name of aid while innocent lives were lost under the pile of ruins. But it was the Indian press that got hit really hard, they were not only banished for fabricating fake news, insensitiveness and self-aggrandizement but also heavily criticized for not doing proper job and was even accused of contempt. India has lost it through sheer complacency, it might take sometime before it can be amended but I doubt they will even try it.

It should automatically raise many powerful questions that beg for timely answers. Why does Nepal always have to look at New Delhi whenever there is something going on in Nepal? Why cannot we find our own solutions for our problems? Why it cannot stand on its own feet? And why Nepal is always so weak and poor? And why it always has to look at others whenever it is in trouble? It is a very serious situation for Nepal, the earthquake disaster has awakened it that nothing is right in Nepal, and there is no hiding for the Nepalese now. The government of Nepal is good for nothing. It is about time for all to wake up from the long sleep, be united and stand up for your nation. Changes are necessary for the advancement and wellbeing of any nation, it is about time Nepalese must realize that there is a big world out there besides New Delhi, the future of Nepal shouldn’t start or end at New Delhi, and it is about time Nepal must start looking beyond New Delhi. It is the demand of time, if you care about Nepal; it is time you must do something now and save the nation from a total oblivion. Good luck & God bless you all.

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR at ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com

Note: If you want to know how Nepal is governed, read my book, THE CURSED NATION, thank you!
The Cursed Nation!

Why the world is still bleeding through the refugee problems?

The refugee problems are not new to this world, it has been dealing with the same problem probably from the very beginning of civility and it has remained as serious and prevalent even today as it might have been at the earlier time. It seems that no matter how the world would try to kill it off for so often, it still managed to crawl back again and again as a multi-faceted monster that simply won’t die. It is not a problem that can be solved by one or two nation, it is a huge problem that needs the attention of the whole world and the world must come together as a team to tackle it. It is of course easier said than done. If it was that simple, we would have not been in the situation we are at now and I would have definitely not being writing about it here to remind all at the first place. But it is an issue that won’t go away by itself, the world must do something about it and the time for being an inactive bystander is already passed by now. It is time for the world to react.

Although there were always small refugee problems here and there in the world, it has not one, two but three major refugees’ crisis at hand now, and it is grabbing the world’s attention for all the wrong reasons. The ongoing conflicts in both Syria & Iraq have displaced more lives than the world wants to remember, it has affected millions of people, and yet, the world has decided to simply look away from it. The so called Arab Spring has brought nothing but unrest, instability and misery to the Middle East, millions have lost their houses, families and lives, and yet, the world has done nothing to help them when they needed it the most. It has created many humans smuggling syndicates that proliferated and thrived on the desperation and misery of displaced people and littered the vast shores of Mediterranean Sea at the Southern tips of European peninsula with unwelcomed humans’ cargoes. People have drowned and lost their lives in thousands, families are broken or lost forever, and yet, the world pretended as it has nothing to do with it and carry on with their daily lives.

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Middle East/African refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Syrian & Iraqi refugees in UN held refugees’ camp.

The ongoing desperation and plight of Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar is a serious issue for the world, the repercussion it can inflict upon peace and stability of the world cannot be taken too lightly and we must react fast. Their desperate crying of hunger on those dilapidated makeshift boats, which were mercilessly abandoned by the human’s traffickers at the middle of the East Asian coast and stranded here for weeks after they were refused by the respective authorities to land at the nearby countries, were repeatedly shown on international TV channels. If you were not touched or concerned by such desperation or heart-wrenching scenes, then what else and I have nothing more to add here. But the harsh treatment of Rohingya Muslim by the Myanmar government and the inaction by the international community is one of the reasons why the gap and enmity between the West and Islam are widening with time. It seems that the international community is too busy on Myanmar’s new political reforms, they cannot wait doing business with them, and they are too busy on shaking hands, slapping their backs and making money. Nobody seems to be doing anything about the Rohingya, it is inflaming hatred within Islam world and providing perfect grounds for brewing terror outfits like ISIS. But it is a double edged sword, if it can create such outfit like ISIS which is creating nothing but terror; outfit like ISIS is also the reason why the plight of Rohingya is also ignored. There is just no winner here and the best solution for such situation is to avoid it from happening again at the very beginning at all cost. If we don’t do anything about it, it will get much serious and messy and the world must start working on it sooner.

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Rohingya Muslims in a makeshift boat at South East Asian sea.

We humans have a mentality of ignoring things until it starts affecting our own life falsely hoping that it will simply go away by itself when the time is right. But the reality is much more different, trust me it will affect our lives one way or another and the affect will be much more significant than we have ever realized. Especially in the modern time like ours now, we are much closer than we ever anticipated and we are connected to each other in a very strong way. As of that, if something big happened even in a far away corner of the globe, it will still affect our live sooner than later and the earlier we understand it the better.

Refugees’ problems are not only serious but also very complicated to solve. It cannot be solved by one individual or country; the whole world must have one single and strong voice and work together to solve this pressing problem. It is the reason why I have written a whole book on this issue, my book deals with the problems as well as the solutions, and I sincerely do hope that people will read it. A NATION FOR REFUGEES is a timely reminder of this pressing issue, it is necessary now as it was anytime before, and if people can find my book useful on solving this issue, I will be one of the biggest achievements of my life. The notion alone makes me happy, it will be my small contribution towards this hugely unsolved issue, and hope my piffling effort is not wasted. Thank you!

A Nation for Refugees!

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com

Nepal’s Earthquake Diary – How India has lost its rivalry war with China through complacency!

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Chinese medical team of approx 50 vehicles in Kathmandu – Nepal! Photo credit – FB friends!

It didn’t take that long for India, Nepal’s big south neighbor, to send a huge entourage of army personnel, press people, medical staffs, and rescue experts with loads of relief materials for the help of the earthquake victims, and they were suddenly hailed as the real brother by the grateful people of Nepal. But it didn’t take that long for the people to turn against them, Indian press was accused of reporting fake news, the army was allegedly hoarding the airport and its airspace, and goods brought in for relief purposes were said to be handed over to Indian businesses instead so they can be cashed in for big profit. More seriously, India has been accused of seizing the poor nation in the name of relief, it is evoking outrage and deep-rooted suspicion toward their real motives and anti-Indian sentiments are rapidly spreading throughout the virtual world of internet. New and angry campaigns against India are enraging through burning pages of social networks and people are already calling for India to go back home. Indian press was criticized for being insensitive and unreal, instead of reporting real news they seemed too busy posing for cameras and it did a lot more than just harm their tainted reputation.

In the contrary, China seems to be doing everything right, they came in with digging tools while their rival from south came with guns, Chinese doctors, engineers, medical and other rescuing staffs are genuinely there for helping the needy ones, and the whole nation couldn’t be more grateful. Chinese teams were seen digging out stranded people, erecting temporary tents, clearing blocked roads out, repairing damaged bridges, treating injured ones, flying casualties out from remote areas and distributing foods & shelters while the Indian teams were busy playing dirty politics.

Nepal is a strategically positioned country between the two big rivals, both China and India take it as a very important buffer zone for their respective national security, and it is here where the most important game of politic maneuvering is always played out in full display. The ongoing situation in Nepal now is no different. It is still too early to say if such allegations against India are true or not, but there won’t be any smoke without fire, and people are not that naive. Especially in such a difficult time of adversity, it shouldn’t be that hard to find your real friends from the fake ones, and India did nothing to hide its real intention. Due to India’s ham-fisted approach towards Nepal as a big brother, it is nothing new if the Nepalese people, especially those ones from the hillside do harbor a deep-rooted resentment and mistrust towards Indian and even in such situation of despair and dismay India did nothing to change it. It is undoubtedly the best time for India to win the heart and mind of Nepalese people, by just being there and real, they would have made a huge impact on the relationship of two nations and become friends. Unfortunately, India didn’t see it as an opportunity to make friend but to impose their lopsided policy that had always been resented by the people of Nepal. India has always taken Nepal for granted as its own suzerainty, its policy towards Nepal has always been one sided, and through irredentism it has always treated Nepal as its own backyard.

India has always failed to treat Nepal as a sovereign nation; it has always seen it only through the eyes of the big brother and bullied it as it pleases. But it is not only India but also the spineless leaders from Nepal who are to blame for Nepal’s current situation and unless that myopic and self-destructive mindset is changed, nothing could be done to change that. When the disaster occurred, as the old habit never dies, India didn’t wait for any invitation from Nepal and simply walked into Nepal as it was one of its own places. While India was busy representing themselves as a savior, Nepal’s uncanny and naïve leaders managed to achieve another unimaginable thing, on India’s order of course, and tried to block the Chinese to come in for help. Despite the cold feet, China came in with a genuine intention, and unlike the India team, they got on with the task of helping the needy ones without any grudges.

Nepal is connected with India not only with language, culture and religion but also geographically and all three sides of Nepal, except the North side at where the great Himalayan are situated, are covered by India. Everything the land-locked-nation gets from outside is from India, without the mercy of India, it cannot survive by itself, and that is the reason why it has to entirely rely on India hence no choice but to put itself in an obsequious position to India. All those great leaders from Nepal hitherto have acted and ruled Nepal as there is no other world beyond New Delhi, their power was based on the mercy of New Delhi inevitably and it had remained that way throughout its century old history. Like it or not, that is the real identity of Nepal, and India has never missed the chance to remind the Nepali people just about it. Whether it is a good or bad luck for Nepal, it is the Nepali people alone who can decide on it and no one but themselves should be the judge of their own fate.

China’s presence in Nepal is gradually increasing, especially after the 2000s when modern China’s power, influence and ascendance to the global stage were in great rise, and if there is a country that can eventually break India’s ongoing monopoly in Nepal, it is China. The duopoly is already said to be played out in Nepal’s hydro-power-industry which it has in abundance and duopoly is always good than monopoly for the host nation. Hopefully Nepal won’t miss this rare opportunity to stand up, play its card smartly and be able to live with some dignity. But given the political situation in Nepal, don’t bet too much on it. They are sure to fail as miserably as they have always been until now and I genuinely wish they can prove me wrong.

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com

If anyone deserves better from Hong Kong, it is the Gurkhas and their children.

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If the millennial of Hong Kong in general couldn’t remember much about the Gurkhas, they cannot be blamed for ignorance as it is not the fault of their own making. But if you ask those older generations before them, they would certainly remember them well and it won’t be wrong if I say they would only have good things to say about the world famous soldiers from Nepal. It is almost two decades since the last serving Gurkha had left Hong Kong for UK. When the British returned home after the handover in 1997, the Gurkhas also left with them, and not much have been heard or written about them since then. But it shouldn’t diminish the important parts Gurkhas had played in the security, stability and wellbeing of Hong Kong for almost four decades. Its contributions as the main defense force of Hong Kong during that period was by no mean less significant and it should never be forgotten by HK people.

Gurkhas are the well known army contingent of Nepali origin serving the British crown since 1815, this 200 years old tradition started since the British Raj in India and still going on very well even today. When India was still a thriving British colony, they wanted to colonize Nepal as well and went to war. But they were kept at the bay indefinitely by the resilient tough warriors from the hill and as they got very tired and frustrated at the end, the British side decided to extend the hand of friendship instead of enmity and the Nepali warriors were offered the chance of joining the mighty British Empire as of their own army. And as the saying goes, the rest was the history. A new tradition of more than 200 years old was thus born; it is still going on well and strong even now and hundreds of thousands of young men from the Himalayan nation have served the British crown since then.

They were mostly came from a hilly village called Gorkha in mid-western Nepal, the place from where the main architecture of modern Nepal was hailed and made the place more famous. But the beginning of the famous word Gurkha was rather humble or even uneventful, someone from the old army school spelled the word wrong and wrote Gurkha instead of Gorkha, and it has been written this way since then. Initially, they joined the Indian army as a part of the British Raj, and when the British rule in India was ended then some of the battalions were moved to Malaysia. When it was the Malaysian Federation to finally get independence of their own, the British garrison including Gurkhas was moved into Hong Kong in the early 1960s, and since then, the Gurkhas had played a very important role of defending Hong Kong until Hong Kong was finally handed over to China in 1997. At present, there are estimated to be almost one hundred thousands soldiers in the Indian Army, a contingent of two thousands personnel in Singapore police force, and approximately three thousands and five hundreds servicemen in British army in UK, who are still in services today.

In its heydays, there were ten Gurkha battalions stationed in HK, consisted of almost ten thousands army personnel plus a few thousands more of their families and children, and almost two third of the whole contingent were made redundant when the British rule in HK was finally over and all were forced to return back to Nepal. During their stay in HK, they supported HK Police in crowd controlling and maintenances of public order, provided security to prominent buildings and VIP officials, provided relief measures in emergency, helped repairing and maintenance of public infrastructures and brides, manned road safety and precaution drills, organized public awareness sessions, and patrolled most of the country parks, thick jungles and bushy uninhibited places of rural HK. Most importantly of them all, it helped secure the porous borderlines of HK with north communist China in a regular basis, kept all of the unwanted outside visitors out of our busy streets and helped make HK one of the safest, prosperous and happiest place in the world. Due to political instability and harsh life after the culture revolution in China, people were desperate for a way out and swelling numbers of illegal immigrants at the frontline was threatening the very stability of our HK and it needed more manpower urgently to deal with the pressing border issue. The enlistment of new Gurkhas from Nepal usually took place once in a year, but due to that unprecedented problem at the frontline, it was made thrice in the year of 1979 and 1980. And as a result, three new intakes of new recruits were enlisted in that particular two year and as soon as they had completed the recruit training, new soldiers were instantly deployed to the border. Your humble writer was one of them, a direct result of that drastic measure taken by the authority of that needy time, and writing it here through the retrospective view of my own old and real experiences. I was the first batch of 1980, the day we finished our basic training and went to our respective regiments, we were deployed to the Man Kam To border nearby Shenzhen on that very evening, and the number of the illegal immigrants we used to catch that time in each night was always in double digits.

During my 13 years service as a Gurkha soldier, I think there are no such border areas at where I didn’t stand guard at night and there is no such one country park and valley around Hong Kong at where I didn’t set my foot during my army training. It started from Castle Peak range at the east, to Lo Wu, Mai Po, and Man Kam To, Ta Kwu Ling, Sha Tau Kok, and then Plover Cove to the various tiny islands of Sai Kung. It was a month long tour each time, we used to take turn on guarding the borderline of HK and we were always there on duty at the borderline regardless of rain, heat or storm all year around. It continued until the HK Police force was ready to takeover from us before 1997. As China started to prosper after its new opening policy, the number of illegal immigrants coming from China to HK gradually dwindled down with time and the task at the frontline was not as hectic and challenging as it used to be before. Inevitably, HK people were not that much aware of what the Gurkhas did during their stay here, we were told to remain discrete and trouble free when we were outside the barracks and repeatedly discouraged from venturing out unless it was absolutely necessary by our commanders. It was a sort of our own small world where we were happy together with our own people inside of the various barricaded camps that happened to be situated in many parts of New Territories.

Most of the retirees from the Brigade of Gurkhas and their respective families decided to settle down in HK even after 1997. The skills they had learned during the army were almost no use in the outside civilian world, so were those resettlement programs provided by the British Army before the final retirement. But the hardest part of them all was to integrate into the civilian way of life from their hard-drilled-regimented life. It was not only language but also the whole culture and way of doing thing were completely different here. Not to mention about the necessary skill, prowess and experience needed to land a decent job in a new civilian life. As a result, the only jobs they could get were security/personal guards, construction works, labors, cleaners, waiters, housekeepers, and other lowly jobs that paid less. The pension they get from the British was nothing more than a pittance, still is and eking out a decent living out of it in an expensive city like HK was impossible. The British has always been mean, unfair and treated the Gurkhas very badly, their century long exploitation of poor Gurkhas was eventually ended when they finally fought and won the right of abode in UK, and almost all of the Ex Gurkhas have already immigrated to UK by now. Those ones still staying in HK now are the new immigrants from Nepal whose fathers or grandfathers had served the British crown before and it is mostly their children or grandchildren who are making the big chunks of the Nepalese community here in HK. It is those new breed of youngsters who need more help, guidance and opportunity from HK so they can integrate into the society easily, acquire essential skill and confidence to get a proper job, and eventually be a part of the vibrant society of HK. We shouldn’t let them feel as they were alone, unwelcomed and lost here. They need our helping hand to stand up and live a dignified life.

Gurkhas are well known around the world for their unparalleled bravery, loyalty and professionalism. Sadly some also call them with such derogatory name as mercenary. It is totally understandable that different people can see it from different perspective and free to express their views. They are nothing more than a conceited view of an ignorant man and I cannot deny about the universal truth of poverty that has played a very important role in this long and ongoing saga but if you know something about the history of Gurkhas I can guarantee you that you won’t be saying that again. If a man served you with his pure heart, sheer dedication and life if necessary, no one can point a finger on his integrity and if you can not respect him, at least don’t try to malign him. Joining the British army is a tradition for us, a way of life and makes us feel proud of doing it. It doesn’t matter how the other look at us, we have always done our job in the best possible way of our ability and integrity and if something that lasted for more than two century, it cannot be purely by chance and we are here to continue it. The Gurkhas had served HK for almost four decades, their contribution to the making of modern HK cannot be ignored, and if anyone deserves better from HK, it is the Gurkhas and their children for sure. Why not start with a proper education system for the good of all?

TIM I GURUNG – AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE
Note: A shorter version of the same article also appeared on here – http://www.ejinsight.com/20150521-don-t-forget-gurkhas-contribution-hong-kong/

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