11 GOARKHA                                       

              Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, PVC belongs to 1st Battalion of the 11 Gorkha Rifles.


          At the time of Independence when the division of the Indian Armed Forces was being done the question of the future employment of Gorkha troops also came up. At that time there were ten Gorkha Regiments in the Indian Army, each with two battalions. To settle the issue the Govt. of India, Nepal and Britain considered the matter and a Tripartite Agreement was signed on 09 November 1947. As per this agreement the 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 10th Gorkha Rifles were transferred to the British Army while the remaining six Gorkha Regiments were to continue service with the Indian Army. Troops of the 7th and 10th Gorkha Rifles hailed from Eastern Nepal and were mainly of Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.

          The 11 Gorkha Rifles was raised in Mesopotamia in the year 1918. The also took part in lll Afgan War. currently this regiment has  6 battalions  i.e 1st Battalion(1/11 GR), 2nd Battalion(2/11 GR), 3rd Battalion(3/11 GR), 5th Battalion(5/11 GR), 6th Battalion(6/11 GR), 7th Battalion(7/11 GR).

             The motto of 11 Gorkha Rifles is & there war cry is Jai Maha Kali aayo Gorkhali (Victory to Maha Kali, here are Gurkhali ). Since its founding this regiment has awarded with 1 Param Vir Chakra, 3 Ashok Chakras, 1 Padma Bushan, 6 Param Vishist Seva Medals, 2 Maha Vir Chakras, 8 Ati Vishist Seva Medals, 11 Vir Chakra, 4 Shaurya Chakras, 30 Sena Medals, 14 Vishist Seva Medals and 18 Mentioned-in-Despatches.

         Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11 GR, is the first and only recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) for the Regiment, in the 1999 Kargil conflict. He is the Indian Army's first Lieutenant to be awarded the Param Vir Chakra. 2nd Lieutenant Puneet Nath Datt, 1/11 GR, was the second recipient of the Ashoka Chakra for the Regiment in 1997. The first recipient of the Ashoka Chakra is not known. The third recipient of the Ashoka Chakra was Paratrooper Sanjog Chhetri of 9 Para, who was originally from 5/11 GR before he volunteered to join 9 Para.

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