Hundreds of artistes march, sing in Nepali for Gorkhaland

Decked in traditional Nepali clothes, the artistes walked across Darjeeling town, singing songs in Nepali on Sunday to carry out what has been the most colourful rally in the agitation-hit town so far.

Written by Esha Roy | Darjeeling | Published:July 17, 2017 12:15 am
Darjeeling Unrest, Gorkhaland Agitation, Nepali Artistes Rally Darjeeling, Nepali Artistes Gorkhaland Protest, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), Nepali Movie Actors, Darjeeling News, Indian Express News Artistes march through Darjeeling town in support of the demand for Gorkhaland on Sunday.

Hundreds of artistes turned up on the streets of Darjeeling on Sunday to carry out what has been the most colourful rally in the agitation-hit town so far. Decked in traditional Nepali clothes, the artistes walked across Darjeeling town, singing songs in Nepali.

“Shoshan Shoshan Shah deyno, shasan aafay gernecho (We have tolerated the oppression for too long, we will rule ourselves now) and “Jagum hamro itihas ko baato magum, Gorkhaland ko kasam (Wake up, the land that our history talks about is the one we want)” were among the lyrics sung during the rally.

The coordinator of the Sanjukta Kalakar Manch, 64-year-old Santosh Dewan, said: “Thousands of artistes are today showing solidarity with the Gorkhaland cause. We are protesting the police atrocities which have taken place. We want to clearly let the nation know that we are not anti-national, we are anti-state. We want separation from the state and an end to the kind of colonial rule that Bengal has had over us since the British handed us over to Bengal.”

He added that Nepali movie actors, singers, theater artists and musicians had turned up for the rally. Similar marches were taken out in Kalimpong. Meanwhile, 71-year-old Nepali music industry legend Kumar Subba on Sunday returned his ‘Sangeet Samman’ award, which he had received from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2012 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.

‘’I had been given this honour by the chief minister, and I had accepted with pride. I believe governments do what they can for people. But for us, it is more than just separation from the state. Everyone in the state and the country has an identity. Only we don’t. Hum log idhar se udhar bhatakte rehte hai (we keep wandering from one place to another). We need an identity, a land,” Subba, who has been a singer for around 40 years, said.

Meanwhile, at Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) headquarters, party chief Bimal Gurung told a select group of mediapersons that this was just the beginning, and that the agitations would now be intensified.

Gurung has kept a low profile over the past few weeks, and has refrained from making any statements or giving interviews. A GJM insider said that Gorkha leaders, who have kept low profiles across party lines, are now feeling the heat of delivering on their promise of Gorkhaland. At the last all-party meeting, thousands of Gorkhaland supporters had gathered outside the venue to put pressure on the leaders to not call off the indefinite strike. The next all-party meeting is slotted for July 18.

Meanwhile, the ban on Internet services, which was imposed on June 18, has been extended till July 25, by the district administration, PTI reported. With food supply severely hit, PTI said GJM activists and some NGOs were seen distributing food items among the people.

The Army was deployed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada and police and security forces were patrolling the streets of the hills, according to PTI.

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    Bijay Gurung
    Jul 18, 2017 at 10:24 am
    Gor nd is the birth right of Gorlhas from the time immemorial. "Gor nd State" must be handed over to Gorkhas if India wish for goodness of Gorkhas, if they think so. Otherwise, Gorkhas always is being trated/Considered as the second citizen of India, this is truth.
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      Jul 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm
      Long live gorkhali.Long live gor nd.
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        Samir Thapa
        Jul 17, 2017 at 6:10 am
        It is shame that Indian Express is filtering the word Gor nd Gorkhland Gor nd. You are a scum bag if you filter the word Gor nd. Long Live!!!
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          Samir Thapa
          Jul 17, 2017 at 6:08 am
          Long Live!!!
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            SK Gupta
            Jul 17, 2017 at 5:04 am
            It seems now to be the handiwork of the Chinese. BJP should learn a lesson!
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              Samir Thapa
              Jul 17, 2017 at 9:56 pm
              How did it dawn on you such a vital information --- Did your mother from Bangladesh appear in your dream.
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                Arjun Narayan
                Jul 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm
                Yes you all are anti-nationals
            2. C
              Jul 17, 2017 at 4:18 am
              Because of the sensitive narrow corridor link to north eastern states the area has to be administered by the center, similar to Delhi. Gor nd formation will be subject to central control. when the British gave an order to shoot at Jalialwallah I am told most of sepoys were anclestors of the current Gor nd agitators. Hope this is not true.
              1. S
                Jul 17, 2017 at 8:20 am
                Mr Chander what is the connection between Gor nd and Jalialwallah. common men have some commense..
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