Can Darjeeling ever produce a leader who can lead them to realize the longstanding aspiration of Gorkhaland? Not long ago, Kathmandu used to look up to Darjeeling. Balkrishna Sama’s famous quote, “What Darjeeling thinks today, Nepal thinks tomorrow” more or less sums up the progressive culture that Darjeeling was. Sikkim in her infant days looked up to Darjeeling. Many of Sikkimese political leaders and bureaucrats were educated there. That is history now.
The current chronicles of the processions, speeches, the dilemmas, the speculations and the internal wrestling of various entities for the future of Gorkhaland state is at the verge of result yielding episode.
We are getting varieties of news and anticipations in the newspapers and online portals, even plenty of general gossip-opinions are airing all over as a mere public discussion issue. Being far from Darjeeling it’s my heart's desire to be the part of the ongoing movement. However, due to many inevitable reasons I have not been able to witness it myself on the ground.
I just want to thank www.darjeelingtimes.com for providing us with the vivid news of our beautiful Darjeeling. Also the efforts put up by other Medias deserve appreciations. Currently, there is a video clip titled “changing faces of Gorkhaland” based on the comparative survey of the separate statehood movement by KTv, Kalimpong in Darjeelingtimes.com, which is really awesome. Good effort and once again thanks to Mr. NarendraTamang for this superb initiative. As I was watching the documentary, I was reminded of the 1980's violent agitation, even today when I sleep sometimes, I get the horrific cries of people in my dreams.
Demand for a separate state comprising of Darjeeling district and the adjoining Dooars is over a century old now. This region has a distinct political history and specific socio-cultural background far away from the complexities of Bengal’s politico-economic structures. Two phases of intense agitations during 1985-88 and 2008-2012 had violent eruptions killing hundreds of people. It was preceded by the fierce Naxalite movement in 1960s and 1970s originating at the very core of Darjeeling’s foothills. This region has very little to do with the state of West Bengal in terms of geographical features, natural resources, socio-cultural pattern and livelihood system. Merely focussing on its size and terrains a fabricated discourse is floated around to question the economic viability of this region. In fact, this region as a separate state will be most economically viable. It is possibly this reason Bengal Government would not like to part with it. This new state could also bring the comprehensive security to India.
At the GLP’s Jamuni camp for the girls camp in Darjeeling, Monday. Subham Dutta
The arrest of 16 Gorkha Land Personnel (GLP) cadres in connection with the arson at the heritage Takdah forest house last week has once again put the spotlight on the specially trained "police force" of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday to demand separtate state of 'Gorkhaland'.
New Delhi, Aug 4: The Congress-ruled UPA government has said that is not in favour of instigating the Gorkhaland movement in northern West Bengal to corner the Mamata Banerjee government in the state. It has expressed its willingness to support the state government not only in terms of physical force but also to convince the dissenting Gorkha Janmukti Morhca (GJM) leaders through talks.
The UPA partners and Congress Working Committee’s decision to carve out a new state of Telangana is a welcome move for the people of Darjeeling district and Dooars. The UPA Government deserves our warmest congratulations for setting new trends and norms in the formation of the state. Firstly, this is for the first time in the recent constitutional history of India that a new constituent state is being created without the effective resolution by the concerned State Assembly. This augurs very well for a separate state in Darjeeling and Dooars.