"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or a Gorkha," said Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and indeed, the bravery of the Gorkhas is legendary. Few know that TE Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, who played a major role for the allies along the Eastern Front during World War 1, was backed by a detachment of 30 Gurkhas (this pre-Indian independence spelling is now only used to refer to those serving in the British army) because he didn't want "ordinary men". Fewer still know that hundreds of Gorkhas died fighting for India's freedom under the INA at Port Blair and on the battlefields of the northeast.
|The Jana Gana Mana Man|
Subhash Chandra Bose entrusted Ram Singh Thakuri with setting Rabindranath Tagore’s hymn to a martial tune. It became the Indian National Army’s kaumi tarana. When India became independent, Jawaharlal Nehru chose the INA anthem to be the national anthem. The letter (left) from Captain Lakshmi Sahgal (right) of the INA confirms Ram Singh’s contribution. He also set the music for Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja, the Indian Army’s song.