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It is probable that the forward-angled form [which includes the indigenous Nepalese Kora] represents the oldest stratum over which the Rajput Kopis-bladed sword was superimposed' (pg. The Gurkhas, more than anything else, have brought the khukuri to the attention of the world. It has a narrow section near the root, above which the blade broadens and curves forward, attaining its greatest width near the tip, and then slightly recurves and runs to a point. 'Ueber die Aspiraten und ihr gleichzeitiges Vorhandensein im An- und Auslaute der Wurzeln'. Later, from the 14th-18th centuries, a Newari royal family, the Mallas, ruled the Kathmandu Valley. For centuries this blade-form lay dormant in the world, being kept alive only in India and Nepal. The term was adopted by Lane-Fox, afterwards Pitt-Rivers, from the Greek. Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete des Deutschen, Griechischen und Lateinischen 12.2 (1863): 81-138. Then, in the 18th-century, the ruler of Gorkha (in central Nepal, about 100km west of Kathmandu), King Prithvi Narayan Shah, conquered various warring principalities (most importantly in the Kathmandu Valley) and formed a united Nepal, founding the modern state of Nepal. Eventually, as a result of boundary disputes and repeated raids by Gurkha columns into British East India Company territory, the British Governor General declared war on Nepal in 1814. The Rise of the House of Gorkha: a study in the unification of Nepal 1768-1816. The Greek leader, Alexander the Great, crossed the river Indus with his army in 326 B. And even at this time, he found Greek settlements already established in this part of India. Relations with British India were improved when Jung Bahadur assisted in quelling the Sepoy Rebellion (Indian Mutiny) of 1857 with Gurkha troops. After two long and bloody campaigns a Peace Treaty was signed at Sugauli in 1816. The Greeks have long been known to the Indians, called in Sanskrit Yavana (based on the Greek Ionian ). Slade]'At Harasnath [in Rajasthan]...appears a relief showing a group of sword of the greatest interest...their blades are angled sharply forward. When Britain withdrew from India in 1947-8, the support of the Rana government was weakened. A system of 'Panchayat' democracy was established, under which political parties were not allowed. I., etc., etc., of Nepal by his son the late General Pudma Jung Bahadur Rana. These were the first Gorkhas, fighting men from the mountain kingdom of Nepal -- Rai, Magar, Limbu, Gurung and Sunwar tribesmen. Nepali (also called Gorkhali, Parbatiya, Khaskura) is also the mother tongue of a small number of occupational castes, such as the Damai (tailors), Sarki (cobblers), Kami (blacksmiths) and Sunar (goldsmith) castes (see Bista). Calcutta: Modern Book Agency Private Ltd., 1960.(4) Hamilton, Francis Buchanan. (7) Krauskopff, Gisèle and Pamela Deuel Meyer (eds.) with Tek Bahadur Shrestha, Kurt Meyer & Tej Panjiar. Los Angeles: rusca Press & Kirtipur (Nepal): Research Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University, 2000. Small of stature, large of heart, accustomed to hardship, good natured with a keen sense of humour, loyal to death, more disciplined than any fighting force in the world, brave and capable, and absolutely without fear. About 58% of the population of Nepal speaks Nepali as their mother tongue. An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal, and of the Territories Annexed to this Dominion by the House of Gorkha. reprinted, New Delhi: Asian Educational Service, 1986. British India's Relations with the Kingdom of Nepal 1857-1947: a diplomatic history of Nepal. Under the terms of the Peace Treaty large numbers of Gurkhas were permitted to volunteer for service in the East India Company's Army. More than half of all Bahuns & Chhetris live in the western hills, where they are about 80% of the area's total population.
According to legend, when asked why he had not fled as well, Young replied, 'I have not come so far to run away. For about a year the Gorkhas held Young captive but during this year the Gorkhas developed a sincere and deep respect for Young and the British fighting spirit which much resembled their own. The founder of the modern state of Nepal, His Majesty King Prithvi Narayan Shah, described Nepal over two centuries ago as 'a flower garden of four castes and thirty-six tribes' (Yadava & Glover p.
54) [in this connexion it is also interesting to note that Shivaji, the 17th-c.