Students, teachers form ‘pressure groups’ to ensure parties don’t deviate from Gorkhaland demand

The Darjeeling hills had seen a violent movement for Gorkhaland in the mid 1980s under Gorkha National Liberation Front leader Subhash Ghisingh. However, the movement ended in 1988.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Darjeeling | Published:June 23, 2017 9:38 am
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School teachers, professors and students have hit the streets in the form of “apolitical pressure groups” to impress upon political leaders that they must not settle for anything less than their demand for a separate Gorkhaland. “Our past experiences of separate state movements haven’t been very happy ones. It is a good thing that political outfits and apolitical organisations have come together for Gorkhaland. We are now acting as a pressure group to ensure that political parties do not waver from the Gorkhaland path. The people of Darjeeling will not accept anything short of Gorkhaland,” said Komal Gurung, coordinator of the People’s Forum for Gorkhaland (PFG).

The Darjeeling hills had seen a violent movement for Gorkhaland in the mid 1980s under Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) leader Subhash Ghisingh. However, the movement ended with the establishment of a semi-autonomous administrative body in 1988 called Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), headed by Ghisingh.

In 2007, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) had again revived the movement but again settled for the formation of another such body, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

On Thursday, the PFG organised a mass signature campaign for Gorkhaland at the Darjeeling Chowrasta. “This proves the clear mandate for Gorkhaland. We will hand over the signature sheets to the pro-Gorkhaland political and apolitical conglomeration. Representatives of the conglomeration will be heading to New Delhi to meet the president, prime minister and Union home minister. We want to ensure that they talk on the single point of agenda of Gorkhaland,” said Komal Gurung. A day earlier, singers, writers, poets and painters had come out on the streets and performed at as well.

With several top GJM leaders including chief Bimal Gurung, his wife and Nari Morcha head Asha Gurung and GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang having gone underground, locals have started a poll on social media to choose an able leader who is a good spokesperson and can be the “face of the movement”.

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    Smart guy
    Jun 25, 2017 at 10:59 am
    Max gorkha population lives in North East India and not in Bengal. ..only 15 of Indian gorkha lives in Bengal. Why are they protesting in Bengal ..... Assam and others have over 60 of gorkha population.
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      niranjan ray
      Jun 23, 2017 at 10:31 am
      Thsi time around - the Gorkha agitation is markedly different from what was in 1980s early 2000. Looks like they are bent this time to achieve their statehood . At the same time Bengal cant be divided --. Both the state Central Govt should intervene ASAP to solve this passe other wise this will go out of hand .
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        pratinim
        Jun 23, 2017 at 9:50 am
        check their iden y and send them back to their gorkha land which is nepal.
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          pratinim
          Jun 23, 2017 at 9:52 am
          Gorkha's since its border many of them have 2 passports both nepal and india
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            Agendra
            Jun 23, 2017 at 11:11 am
            Should applies to those from Bangladesh, too, doesn't it?