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.
How to tackle statehood demands has been a major challenge for statecraft in post- Independence India. The first reorganization of states in 1956, on the basis of language, gave the Union government only a reprieve. Many more states were created in the subsequent decades. But demands for even more never quite died down. A new state in one part of the country would inspire statehood demands in other parts. It is no surprise, therefore, that the Centre’s reported move to create a Telangana state has re-ignited the old statehood demand in Darjeeling. Historically, though, the demand for a separate state comprising the three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling dates back to pre-Independence days. The Gorkhas, who form an overwhelming majority of the population in the hills, have always claimed that their language and ethnic identity entitles them to a state of their own. Governments in New Delhi and Calcutta felt, however, that special administrative arrangements were a better way of helping Darjeeling than separating it from West Bengal. This was the rationale behind creating the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council in 1988 and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration two years ago. But the campaigners for a separate state accepted these only as temporary steps.
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The Souring Of Relations Between Trinamul And GJMM
Barely a few months ago, Bimal Gurung, the chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) had hailed Mamata Banerjee as a ‘mother’. Today the ‘mother’, in his estimation, is a conspirator engaged in the dirty politics of divide and rule in the hills. In Gurung’s reckoning, the CPI-M never played divisive politics in the hills. Furthermore, it is much better as a political party compared to the Trinamul Congress. Having disowned his “mother”, the GTA leader has sought to replace her with a “father” and President Pranab Mukherjee has qualified for that stature. It is on his request that the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha declared on 8 March that the proposed bandhs would be deferred.