Once alliance, GJMM and TMC are looking for middle path to bring current situation under control. GJMM cannot do anything without the support of State government, where as State govt. has no effective mechanism to control and maintain peace in the hills as proclaimed, both are depended each other.
In the past two years, Bharti Tamang had sent at least seven letters to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking an appointment and pleading for a fair investigation into her husband and hill leader Madan Tamang's murder. Not once did the CM get back, till last week.
Last week I happened to visit Darjeeling town to see a young friend of mine who is a Paulite and an excellent dancer. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that he has made St. Paul’s proud with his incredible dancing skill a few months ago at a competition in North Point. I don’t know why, but he has a great love and admiration for me! On our way to Jalapahar he asked me: “Sir, now a days don’t you write articles for Darjeelingtimes?”
The Hate Rumour on North East People Leaves a Deep Wound:
It will Remain Unhealed for a Long Time
One of the media friends invited me a panel discussion, the day MC Mary Kom fought her semi final women boxing in London Olympic. I declined to the show as I was outside of Delhi. She asked, “Will Mary Kom’s medal in London Olympic create better image on the people from North East India in mega cities.” I said a big “NO.” That is exactly happening now across the nation. The nation is not ready to accept the people from North East India as fellow citizens. The fundamental rights for justice to the people, who have been victimised of social profiling, racial discrimination, and attack. The Indian Parliament from all Parties united yesterday on the current crisis of hate campaign and kept on trying to convince the nation and the people from North East India that it is a rumour, safety and protection will be provided. The people from North East India has lost faith in politicians, police, and law enforcing mechanism and consider safer by fleeing, though it does not solve the problem.
Bimal Gurung, the chief of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) was sworn in as the chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in Darjeeling in front of several leaders, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
With greater autonomy of the hills being an emotive issue, we may not have heard the last of Gorkhaland.
Gorkhaland Territorial Authority (GTA), elections are due on 29July 2012, but the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has allready won 28 seats uncontested out of the 45 seats, thus gaining a majority. The elections to be held on 29 July have now become a mere formality. In a democratic set up if elections are uncontested than something definitely is wrong? As per reports coming, besides overall support for the GJM, fear also holds the key to a large number of withdrawls. Mr Subash Ghising who earlier ran the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) and because of whose inept handling the GJM was born has contested the formation of GTA in Kolkata High Court. Is this a sure case of exploiting political opportunity considering he took the decision so late? These elections legitimize the formation of GTA, which a large cross section of Gorkha society feels is another farce on the sensibility, hopes and aspiration of the Gorkhas who wish to see a Gorkhaland state.