Gorkha Regiments Insignia
On Independence Day, all seven Gorkha regiments adopted a painting with the silhouette of a Gorkha soldier resplendent in his trademark hat as their official emblem
(From Mid-day newspaper)
The confident brushstrokes belie the fact that this objet d’art was crafted by someone with always a finger on the trigger, ready to do or die for the country. Rifleman Padam Bahadur Thapa (21) from the 4th battalion of 3 Gorkha Rifles — who was killed in battle during the 1999 Kargil war — was the creator of this silhouette of a Gorkha soldier resplendent in his trademark Gorkha hat. On the occasion of the country’s 66th Independence Day, the Gorkha regiments adopted Thapa’s masterpiece as their emblem.
Speaking to MiD DAY from Dehradun, a senior officer from Gorkha Brigade said, “Rifleman Padam Bahadur Thapa was with the intelligence section of his battalion.
He painted a crest that depicted the fresco of a gallant Gorkha jawan on a large rock at the edge of the parade ground at Almora district, Uttarakhand. The slanted Gorkha hat silhouetted with the face of a Gorkha soldier epitomises the clean, upright and calm demeanour of a fighter, known for his ferocity. This symbol has been chosen by the entire Gorkha Brigade of the Indian Army as its Emblem.”
During the Gorkha Brigade conference in New Delhi in November 2011, around thirty senior officers from Gorkha regiments across the country had met. Here the idea was mooted by Lieutenant General Nandkishore Singh attached to the 3 Gorkha Rifles to honour the painting made by Thapa as the official insignia of the Gorkha Brigade.The idea was well appreciated and immediately the preceding officer at the conference Lieutenant General S K Singh of 8 Gorkha Rifles gave his consent and all the officers acknowledged the same.
“The creator of the symbol attained martyrdom during the 1999 war at Batalik, one of the highest and roughest battlefields of the world. The symbol is now a permanent feature on the beloved cover of the Gorkha Brigade Journal,” the officer added.
We have created a similar insigna for Lt. Nawang Kapadia, called the Profile logo which can be used on emails and letter heads.