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1. A member of a Rajput ethnic group predominant in Nepal.
2. A member of this people serving in the British or Indian armies.

[Nepalese, from Sanskrit gorakṣaḥ, cowherd : Sanskrit gauḥ, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + Sanskrit rakṣati, he protects.]


(ˈɡʊəkɑː; ˈɡɜːkə)
n, pl -khas or -kha
1. (Peoples) a member of a Hindu people, descended from Brahmins and Rajputs, living chiefly in Nepal, where they achieved dominance after being driven from India by the Muslims
2. (Military) a member of this people serving as a soldier in the Indian or British army


(ˈgɜr kə, ˈgʊər-)

a Nepalese soldier in the British or Indian army.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Gurkha - a member of the Nepalese force that has been part of the British army for 200 yearsGurkha - a member of the Nepalese force that has been part of the British army for 200 years; known for fierceness in combat
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
2.Gurkha - a member of Hindu people descended from brahmins and Rajputs who live in Nepal
Nepalese, Nepali - a native or inhabitant of Nepal


[ˈgɜːkə] Ngurkha mf, gurja mf


nGurkha mf
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However, Gurung added that he will continue his crusade for Gorkhas.
But, of late its tranquility was disturbed by political turmoil at the height of the tourist season after violent clashes broke out between police and hundreds of protesters who want Gorkhaland as a separate state for Gorkhas in West Bengal.
There is a reason why Gorkhas have lost faith in the government.
The hill resort of Darjeeling has been rattled at the height of tourist season after violent clashes broke out between police and hundreds of protesters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) - a long-simmering separatist movement that has long called for a separate state for ethnic Gorkhas in West Bengal.
Though he did accompany the GJM delegation which met Union Govt says Gorkhas trying to create ethnic strife
Dr Jitendra Singh was speaking to a delegation of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha, a national organization of Gorkhas in India, who called on him here yesterday for redressal of their long pending issues and sought his intervention, particularly considering the fact that out of over one crore Gorkha population in whole of India today, the major portion of over 35 lakh lives in the North-Eastern region of the country.
As a new Nepal tries to emerge from the rubble of a civil war and demise of the 240-year-old monarchy, Gorkhas serving the British and Indian armies could become a thing of the past.
The Gorkhas, who are ethnic Nepalis, have been demanding a separate state called Eoe1/4EoGorkhalandEoe1/4A[yen] to be carved out of the eastern state of West Bengal, to protect their culture and heritage.
They stated that it is because of this reason that Gorkhas living across India have been demanding Gorkhaland for the past two and half months.
From the Indian armed forces to the business community in the hills, the Gorkhas have always enjoyed a position of relative socio-economic superiority compared to the other tribes.
The party sources said the Gorkhas feel that the candidate of any national party is always driven by the party's own agenda.
Demanding more power for the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) and citing the state government's decision to introduce Bengali as a "compulsory" language in state schools as a sign of cultural usurpation and an attack on the ethnicity of the Gorkhas, GJM and its supreme leader Bimal Gurung are on a war-path, trying to desperately revive the old agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state within India.