Kukris are the particular kinds of sickled knives used by the GNLF. The kukris signify the dedication as well as the growth of violence within this movement. Even when the GNLF begins as a peaceful movement, its members use the kukris to slice their own fingers in order to write posters in blood. This serves as a test of dedication and sacrifice for the young boys joining the movement. In the end, though, this insurgency does turn violent, particularly at the protest in which the police open fire on the crowd. Initially, the protesters only have their kukris to fight back, demonstrating the institutional disadvantage that the movement is up against, just as the Nepalis are institutionally disadvantaged by the Indian-run society in Kalimpong.
The timeline below shows where the symbol Kukris appears in The Inheritance of Loss. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.