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Has Nepal Recalled Gorkha Soldiers From India? No, Viral Claim Is Fabricated

A video claiming that Gorkhali soldiers serving in the Indian Army have been recalled to Nepal and that China has given assurance to recruit those soldiers into its army has gone viral on TikTok. Newschecker found that the viral claim is fabricated. 

TikTok user @manojthakuree7 posted a video, which shows visuals of military parade, and text superimposed on it reads, “Suddenly, Gorkhali soldiers serving in the Indian Army have been called in to Nepal. China calls on Gorkhali soldiers to be recruited into its Army.” Audio accompanying the footage is presented in a news bulletin style, and echoes the similar views.

A screengrab of the viral video.

The video posted on March 1 has been spreading fast, garnering 32.6k likes, 120 shares and 314 people have commented on it until the last count.

Fact Check /Verification

To check the veracity of the claim, Newschecker began by searching for reports of the Nepal government recalling Gorkha soldiers serving in India. We also searched for reports about China’s alleged assurance to recruit Gorkha soldiers into its army. But we couldn’t find anything like that. 

Then, we took key-frames from the video and conducted a Google reverse image search and found a photo story, published on dainiknepal.com, carrying some pictures resembling the video. The photo story depicts moments of Army Day celebration, marked every Mahashivaratri festival.

On closer inspection, we noticed a logo of OnlineHarpal on the viral video. Taking it as a clue, we searched the YouTube channel of OnlineHarpal and found a video of this year’s Army Day celebration observed in Tundikhel, Kathmandu. Newschecker analysed the video and found the portion of the video from 12.15 time-stamp indistinguishable from the viral video. See the video below:

Further, to find the original source of the voice-over used in the viral video, we searched YouTube for Nepali keywords ‘Gorkha soldiers’, ‘China’, and ‘recruitment’ and came across a video with a title reflecting the spirit of the claim made in the viral video. On checking the video posted on a lesser-known YouTube Channel ‘Mero Pokhara TV’, we found that the video contained the same audio used in the viral video. The narration and visuals shown in the video seem amateurish, while the video contained unsubstantiated and unverified claims.

Conclusion

The video claiming that the Nepal government has recalled Gorkha soldiers serving in India to Nepal, and that China has assured to recruit those soldiers is fabricated.

Result: Fabricated

Our Sources

OnlineHarpal
Dainik Nepal
Mero Pokhara Tv


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Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing breaking news and features on Nepali politics, society, environment and current affairs. Most of his work appeared in Kathmandu Post, where he spent over ten years leading and managing the online team and putting innovative ideas into practice. Besides overseeing daily news, features and visual journalism, he’s also translated and edited content. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of news and information has become essential today than ever before.

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