Since the 1840s, these brave men have given up their lives in their country to fight for a country which had once tried to annex Nepal. They have served with distinction and courage, for little reward and often not seeing their families for decades. Tens of thousands died in two world wars. Several were awarded the Victoria Cross.
It would seem only fair that these brave men have _earned_ the right to claim residence, not even citizenship. The government in London doesn't. Yet a soldier from say Fiji or Tonga (and nothing against them at all) need serve only four years before he is entitled to claim residence, yet the Ghurkas who retired before 1997 cannot claim residence since they were based in Hong Kong! Come on, play fair!
And so it seems at last, justice may have been "done":http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8060607.stm but with many MPs having their hands in the pockets of the public, maybe this news will be overshadowed.