Tuesday, 10 December 2013 16:03
Apropos Telegraph 7 April 2012 “Anti-Morcha forum called to talks table” by Avijit Sinha & Subhash Chandra Bose read with Telegraph 10 April 2012, “Step-down plea to hill panel head” by Avijit Sinha, are deliberate efforts to undermine the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) which is a constitutionally recognised body undersigned by the President of India. It therefore stands to reasons that any event leading to its marginalisation by any form of opposition whether individual, associations, civil or political lead to a confrontation with the Precedential decree. It is therefore imperative that all sections of citizens realise the Presidential order has been passed after all due legalities, mostly the constitutional aspect, has been taken into account. This arises from the matter of the fact, which is yet to be realised by the ordinary citizen, Darjeeling District, ie., inclusive of all the territories composing the four administrative subdivisions, whereas, falling within the electoral constituencies for the State Assembly seats, in the delimitated areas represented by Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong in the hills, Matigara, Naxalbari (Scheduled Caste seat), Phansidewa (Scheduled Tribe seat) and a small pocket representing Siliguri (part of the town). The approximate area of the District Census 1931 is 1164sq.miles (3013.5sq.kms) and in Census 2001 is 1215.51sq.miles (3149sq.kms). Whereas A.J.Dash in Darjeeling (page.42) quoting which, “the District was divided into two Subdivisions, the Headquarters Subdivision with an area 960 sq.miles including all the hills on both sides of the Tista, and the Terai Subdivision with an area of 274 sq.miles which included the whole territory of the country at the foot of the hills. The headquarters of the Terai Subdivision were at Hanskhawa near Phansidewa from 1864 to 1880 when they were transferred to Siliguri … North Bengal State Railway had been extended to Siliguri, and Siliguri, at that time in Jalpaiguri District was transferred to Darjeeling District with a small surrounding area and made the headquarters of the Terai Subdivision”. If Dash’s writing is believed the Darjeeling District area is 1234 sq.miles which is 19sq.miles more than otherwise informed.