donderdag 21 mei 2009

Gurkha veterans can settle in Britain

The Gurkha are people from Nepal who, take their name from the eight century Hind warrior Saint Guru Gorakhath.The Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years, but they receive a much smaller pension (at least six times less ) than British soldiers, on the grounds that the cost of living is much lower in Nepal. But today Home Secretary Jaqui Smith announced that the Gurkhas that have served for al least four years in the British Army are welcome to live in Britain and have the right to get the same pension has the rest of the Army.


I was very sad to find out that the British Government did not treat all this veterans the same way. I already know that there were some differences when I read the book “White Teeth” because, there was an Indian war veteran that did not get the respect he deserved from the Army solders because of the is background, but now I realize that the book was not all fiction. This article made me realize that Britain is more racist than I thought, and the people from Nepal and India were helping the English to protect there colonies or there nation. Because of that they should be treated with the same respect and any British officer.

2 opmerkingen:

  1. I read about the Ghurkas too, but I believe the situation is a bit more complicated than this. First of all, because these soldiers join the army voluntarily. They probably get paid a lot more money than when they fight for the Nepalese army. The difference between the character in 'White Teeth' and the Ghurkas is that Bangladesh used to be occupied by Britain, and Nepal never was. For the rest a good written piece, although you should pay attention where you put your commas.

  2. What a pitty the Gurkhas receive much less money than people in the British army! The Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years. Of course I understand that living costs are much lower in Nepal compared to Great Britain, but something has to be done about this!