On the 5th of January 2024, the members of 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR), along with their families, bid a sincere farewell to Major Basantadhoj Shahi, the departing Gurkha Major, in a manner that authentically represented the Regiment’s style and tradition. The Gurkha Major holds a position of great prestige as the most senior Gurkha in the Regiment, serving a vital role in maintaining the esteemed Kaida (tradition and culture) not only within the Regiment but also across the Brigade of Gurkhas.
The day began with a visit to the temple, where a religious ceremony was conducted to acquire blessings for his upcoming journey. Subsequently, all the officers assembled in the Gorkha room before walking to the Officers Mess, where a magnificent meal had been laid out. Major Basantadhoj presented his final speech to the Mess members during breakfast. Overflowing with praise, he conveyed his profound appreciation for the consistent encouragement, support, and companionship he received throughout his time in the Regiment. Major Basantadhoj took a moment to sign the visitor’s logbook, therefore leaving a tangible memento of his presence and contribution to the Regiment. Following the breakfast at the Officers’ Mess, the officers proceeded to the starting point for the official tow-out ceremony. The soldiers from the Regiment were already assembled to say goodbye to their outgoing Gurkha Major.
The occasion continued with the traditional Tow-out, a symbolic act that carries profound significance within the Regiment. Subsequently, a perfectly performed quarter guard was presented, demonstrating the Regiment’s unwavering adherence to its norms and values through precision and discipline. During the entire event there was an atmosphere of cohesion and respect among all participants, ranging from high-ranking officers to the youngest soldiers, as they bid farewell to Major Basantadhoj Shahi and his wife, Mrs Hira Shahi. All members of the Regiment will remember and value his efforts and impact as the Gurkha Major.
By Sergeant Nabin Rai, Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment