Recruitment of Nepali women in Indian Army! Know what is the issue, why is there a ruckus over this? What is the controversy over Nepali women recruitment in Indian army, know in details
Recruitment of Nepali women in Indian Army! Know what is the issue, why is there a ruckus on this?  |  Photo Credits: Representative Image
- In Nepal, the issue of recruitment of women in the Indian Army was shadowed in the past.
- People have given different reactions about this on social media.
- The Nepal government also denied that it has any information about this.
Kathmandu: For the past few days, the issue of recruitment of Gorkha women in the Indian Army has been on social media in Nepal. Many people on social media expressed surprise about whether the Nepal government is aware of this or not. The matter has gained momentum at a time when voices of dissatisfaction have already been raised over the recruitment of Gorkha youth in the Indian Army.
The latest controversy related to the recruitment of Nepali women in the Indian Army started after an advertisement by the Welfare Branch of the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, seeking online applications for recruitment in the Indian Army for eligible Nepali women. This was seen by the Indian Army as opening the way for Nepali women for the first time. But discontent flared up in Nepal.
Ruckus over advertisement in Nepal
Many users on social media questioned that the Nepal government is not even aware of this. Amidst the growing controversy, the Nepal government said that it was not aware of this. Top leaders of Nepal called it a violation of the agreement between India and Nepal. Although some people also saw it as an employment opportunity for Nepali women.
Amidst the growing controversy over the matter, the Indian Army later clarified that these jobs are not for Nepali women. The job application was also amended.
It is worth mentioning here that under a tripartite agreement between India-UK and Nepal, Nepalese-origin youths have been recruited in the Indian Army. But women have not yet been appointed under this. The system of recruiting Gurkha youth of Nepalese origin in the Indian Army dates back to 1815, when India was a colony of the British Empire.
After India’s independence from the British colony in the year 1947, there was a tripartite agreement between India-UK and Nepal regarding this. But in July 2020, when the dispute between India and Nepal over the country’s map deepened, Nepal raised questions about many provisions of this agreement. There was such a feeling among the common people of Nepal that Gorkha youth should not be recruited in the Indian Army.
Controversy over Gurkha soldiers
The controversy started when thousands of Gorkha soldiers who returned home during the Corona period were asked to rejoin duty. The feeling was common among the Nepalese people then that India deploys these Gorkha soldiers against China and since Nepal has good relations with China, these soldiers should not join duty. Nepal also asked Britain to review the tripartite treaty signed in 1947.
However, when Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali arrived in India in January this year, he said that the Nepalese will continue to join the Gorkha regiment and there will be no change in it. After his statement, the matter had cooled down, which has now once again heated up regarding the recruitment of Nepali women in the Indian Army. Although the army has amended it.
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