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Old 8th Feb 2011, 02:27
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Gurkha Integrity

A Gurkha soldier, who fought 40 train robbers, to be felicitated in the Republic Day of India
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Old 8th Feb 2011, 03:24
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Man, this guy is Bruce Willis
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What a heartwarming story, a couragous young man serving up some real justice.

How sad that in many countries he would be the criminal instead of the hero.

Respect in bucketloads, young man.
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Wow, what a guy.
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No hesitation in believing this story for a second! I recently went to Nepal to do the base camp trek and we had 2 Gurkhali come along and they were the toughest guys in the world. To be able to do what they do at altitude is insane!
I was at 5500m and feeling it, these 2 guys were bouncing around the place like it was nothing.
Absolute legend! In complete selfless disregard for himself he aided people that couldn't defend themselves. A true hero.
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Confirms my view of the Nepalese people. We spent two weeks in Nepal a couple of years ago trekking along the Anapurna range with 7 sherpas. Toughest guys ever, and I've met a few.
Well done young man!
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I did a lot of ocean sailing around southern Australia with a short stocky guy called Ratna Thapa - not a soldier but a proud Nepali and one of the most reliable and fearless blokes you could have on a boat. Cheers, Ratna, and all Ghurkas.
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A Gurkha soldier, who fought 40 train robbers, to be felicitated in the Republic Day of India.
Bit personal I thought - but then again, a novel approach.
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I had to look it up, myself ! Felicitations indeed!

What would happen in the UK, if a gang of thugs were attempting a public rape of an innocent passenger, and a bloke got out of his seat and stabbed a few to death?
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Part of Folkestone, Cheriton, is a bit of a trouble area with the exception of the streets where there are a number of Nepalese families living.(Gurka Reg. based there)

Upset them and you might end up thin sliced, £0.75/100G, on the deli counter at Tescos
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You don`t want to mess with these dudes when they produce the cutlery - sharp edge forward!

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Old 8th Feb 2011, 12:59
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Got one of they knives on me wall,been there for years, one dasn't take it down because if one does one has to draw blood with it.
Well done that chap.
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if one does one has to draw blood with it
They normally prick a finger with it ow; ther just has to be a drop.
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Old 8th Feb 2011, 13:05
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Carrying any bladed knife over 3 inches in public will get you into trouble in the UK, never mind a khukri.
The Criminal Justice Act (1988) says that you may carry a knife with a blade length of 3.0" or less so long as it is capable of folding. That means no fixed blade knives.
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Old 8th Feb 2011, 13:08
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That might be enough for a Gurkha but not for us Geordies.
I remember when we used to go camping as sprogs, everybody had a large knife of one kind or another hanging from their belt,going camping without a big knife is like having bacon an eggs without the bacon or eggs,I had big African Panga in a snakeskin sheath I got from the junk shop for five bob strapped to me side,we would get on the Bus thusly heeled and nobody would bat a eyelid,different times different age.
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That's not the full story though. Knives are not illegal in the UK and it's not illegal to carry one. If you do you just have to have a reasonable excuse or lawful authority. A reasonable excuse it just that; reasonable. It doesn't mean authorised and signed in triplicate by the queen and approved by a panel of judges. It just has to be reasonable. Farmer shooting rabbits and have one for gutting them? Sounds reasonable to me. In a pub and have a knife to clean your ears? Not reasonable.

(4)It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he had good reason or lawful authority for having the article with him in a public place..
(5)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (4) above, it shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he had the article with himó.
(a)for use at work;.
(b)for religious reasons; or.
(c)as part of any national costume..
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Old 8th Feb 2011, 13:17
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From the article:

He took out his khukari and took on the a group of 40 robbers, alone. In the fight, he killed three of dacoits and injured eight others. Remaining dacoits fled the scene to save their lives.
Wonder what would have happened if he'd been having a bad day!!!

Btw, I've worked with Nepalese for five years... toughest blokes I've ever met, by far.
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They really are the most amazing people. We went on a trek a few years ago, did part of the Annapurna circuit. Our porters carried everything we needed, they got upset with us if we tried to carry our own little day packs!

The packs they were carrying were so heavy I struggled to lift them, but these guys would walk up steep slopes without breaking pace or sweating. This was one of our lunch stops near Pokhara.



Here are a couple of other images of a wonderful trip throughout which we were treated like visiting royalty by these gentle people. It was during the time when there were 'problems' with Maoist rebels, and our holiday was amazing value.

My Dad had Gurkhas in his regiment in Burma during the war and always spoke of them with the greatest respect. I was very happy to be able to go to their country and give something back.

When we finished the trek, we were told that they only expected a small amount of money as a tip, and not to give too much, but would appreciate any clothes that we wanted to leave. On the last morning, we put all the clothes we didn't want to keep, shoes, an old cellphone we'd been using, an old camera, and other bits and pieces onto the ground, as we'd been told to do. The guys just walked over and took what they wanted, there was no pushing or fighting or jostling to get there first, it was all so fair and gentle. No doubt there was some sort of pecking order amongst them, but they don't seem to have been afflicted by the greed and materialism of the west.

One evening our cook bought a live duck in a village, slaughtered it, and cooked it for us. We ate it by candelight in a tent in a howling gale and it beat, by far, any 5 star meal in any fancy hotel or poncy restaurant I've ever been to.



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Old 8th Feb 2011, 13:57
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(b)for religious reasons; or.
any ideas why a priest or similar would need to carry a knife? Do cultural reasons count? Got a Maasi friend who want to vist, it may be a prob if he wears his 'home clothes'!
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I believe Sikhs can carry a knife (kirpan) as part of their religious beliefs.

I wear a 4" sgian-dubh with the kilt.
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