Esha Roy


Off with Gandhi statue by legendary sculptor, it’s distorted: Assam
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Sculpted by Ram Kinkar Baij and unveiled by then Assam chief minister Bishnu Ram Medhi (who later became Madras governor) on October 2, 1970, the Gandhi statue stands in the garden of the Gandhi Mandap atop the 200-metre Sarania Hill in the heart of Guwahati.

Day after Sushma underlines Doklam talks, Chinese Consul General says shared interests of India, China outweigh differences
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

While reiterating that Doklam is “Chinese territory”, Chinese Consul General said despite the “differences’’, there was need for India and China to focus on and continue economic cooperation.

Three months after rhino poaching at Gorumara: Wildlife official admit to lapses in protocol, probe ongoing
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Wildlife official admit to lapses in protocol, probe ongoing

Next to flashpoint, home tension bigger headache than China chill
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

For the people of Kupup (Sikkim), a 1.5 sq-km patch, the India-China tension is not of paramount importance, it’s the Gorkhaland agitation and the frequent landslides that’s disrupting their lives. As for China, they say, it’s business as usual.

Fearing action in Bengal, Darjeeling injured choose Sikkim for treatment
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Hospitals say several from Darjeeling came with bullet injuries, number unclear

Darjeeling unrest: GJM supporters vandalise govt buildings in Mirik
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

GJM supporters vandalised and torched the old municipal building in Mirik and torched. Other buildings too were vandalised. In response, the police used teargas and fired in the air.

Gorkhaland supporters gherao DM’s office, demand its closure
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The DM office has issued a number of orders, such as the indefinite ban on Internet services, which has made the office particularly unpopular in Darjeeling and its neighbouring districts

Schools approach Gorkhaland committee to resume classes
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

‘’The schools collectively decided to approach the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee and ask it to allow us to resume classes for at least the senior school children — that is Classes IX, X, XI and XII," said a School Principal

Hundreds of artistes march, sing in Nepali for Gorkhaland
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

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.

Darjeeling shutdown, Day 31: Schools approach Gorkhaland committee over resuming classes for senior students
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

At present, there are at least 10,000 boarders in Darjeeling’s popular boarding schools and many of them are from neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Bangladesh as well as from northeast states and cities like Kolkata.

A month on, businesses hit: ‘Tourists won’t start pouring in… will take years to recover’
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

“Every time there is a strike like this in Darjeeling, it takes us two to three years to recover economically. Since the strike we have already incurred losses to the tune of Rs 50 lakh. We lose Rs 55,000 a day,” said Ajoy Edwards, whose family has owned Glenary.

Unrest in hills hits tea industry
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The 87 tea estates in the Darjeeling hills employ nearly 55,000 people, a large number of whom are local residents. Owing to the agitation, these workers have been losing the daily minimum wage of Rs 132, but most of them continue to support the movement for a separate state.

A month on, businesses hit: ‘Tourists won’t start pouring in… will take years to recover’
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The owner of another landmark establishment in Darjeeling — Keventer’s — is suffering similar losses. Rahul Jha is the third-generation in his family that owns and runs the 106-year-old establishment, which has been with his family for 50 years.

Darjeeling unrest: Offices, station set on fire
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

The bandh in Darjeeling was temporarily relaxed on account of Bhanu Jayanti, but shops remained shut. Amid the celebrations, three Nepali writers and artistes — Krishna Singmoktan, Prabhat Pradhan and Karma Yonzon — returned their awards to the West Bengal government.

Gorkhaland Movement Leaders of Hill outfits to begin fast-unto-death from July 15
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The boards — set up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for different communities — have been a bone of contention between the state government and the GJM, with the latter accusing Mamata of trying to divide Gorkhas on lines of caste and community.

Darjeeling unrest: After 36-year-old man dies, leaders say; Mamata Banerjee’s bullets against our khukris
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Ashok had suffered injuries in police firing during an agitation on Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning at Manipal hospital in the neighbouring Sikkim.

Darjeeling unrest: All Gorkha parties to meet today, will decide future course of action
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

A precise agenda for the hurriedly rescheduled of meeting has not been kept. The leaders are likely decide to continue the indefinite strike- a demand of the people, to not hold any dialogues with the state government but only deal with the central government and to emphasize the one point agenda of a separate Gorkhaland stat.

Darjeeling Violence: ‘Tashi was out to get medicines, had nothing to do with vandalism’
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The downed shutters, the stones and chunks of brick scattered on the deserted streets serve as reminders of the violence that erupted last Friday-Saturday, in which 29-year-old Tashi Bhutia allegedly fell victim to retaliatory police firing.

Basirhat violence: Series of meetings held in violence-hit West Bengal town to soothe tempers
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Additional SP Abhijeet Bandopadhyay said that he had never seen communal tension in the area. “This is the first time I have ever had to hold any peace meeting, and to talk about communal harmony.’’

Sikkim to sue West Bengal over Gorkhaland agitation loss
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Government representatives claimed that ever since the protests began, the West Bengal government and its police have deliberately prevented supply of goods to Sikkim because of the support Sikkim has shown for a separate Gorkhaland.

West Bengal violence: Rage, fear on either side of Basirhat divide
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

It’s a divide that has opened up since Sunday evening, after a Facebook post showing “objectionable images’’ which was widely circulated, following which a mob vandalised shops and homes, and set fire to vehicles, triggering retaliatory violence.

TMC working chief in Hills quits
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

District committee and Kurseong sub-division vice-presidents too quit

TMC working president in hills of Darjeeling resigns supporting Gorkhaland movement
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Trinamool Congress hills president Rajen Mukhia, however, told that Khawas had resigned under pressure. "Yesterday Khawas's home in Darjeeling was attacked. A petrol bomb was thrown by some unidentified people. He is leaving the TMC in fear," said Rajen Mukhia

Gorkhaland agitation: Resignations pour in from Hill boards
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

According to the GJM spokesperson, board members will be taking part in rallies in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong over the next couple of days.

For the Left in Bengal, religion is no longer the opium of the masses
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The CPI(M) never fully gave up religion during its 34-year-old rule, which means that the rediscovery of both spirituality and rituals isn’t totally unfamiliar – or apolitical.

All-Party Meeting on Gorkhaland demand: Bandh to continue, panel set up to take movement forward
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Harka Bahadur Chhetri, former GJM leader and founder president of Jan Andolan Party — which had recently cut off ties with the Trinamool Congress over the demand for Gorkhaland — was cautious about Thursday’s developments.

Darjeeling unrest on day 15: Army withdrawn, Gorkhaland parties meet today
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

In her order, District Magistrate Dasgupta said that the “situation of emergency continues”, whereby “unsubstantiated information is being circulated in some sections of media” with intent to inflaming emotions and “provoking public in to violence”.

GJM members burn GTA accord in Hills
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

ON DAY 14 of its indefinite bandh call for a separate state of Gorkhaland, hundreds of GJM supporters on Tuesday hit the streets, burning copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) accord in several places across the Hills, Dooars and Terai region of North Bengal. Many protesters, belonging to the GJM’s youth wing, were seen […]

A love bandh in a corner of Manipur
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Bandhs and economic blockades have badly affected Manipur’s economy, but the new BJP government holds out hope

Darjeeling unrest: Upset over police firing, TMC Sikkim leaders quit
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Lepcha added that life in Sikkim has been affected by the recent developments in Darjeeling. A large number of students from Sikkim go to study in Darjeeling and are now stranded, he said.

Darjeeling on boil: 3 dead, police officer critical as Mamata Banerjee sees foreign hand
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

At a press conference, Banerjee said: “They (protesters) are not listening to the court as well. The court passed an order saying bandh is illegal... Where did they get illegal arms and money from?"

Jan Andolan Party joins stir, its chief writes to Amit Shah
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Former Gorkha Janmukti Morcha spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chhetri staged a protest asking the BJP government at the Centre to fulfil its election promise of creating a separate Gorkhaland.

The Chinese have a dilemma in Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Beijing seems ready to invest at least some of its purse worth $750 billion, but West Bengal’s inefficiencies and alleged corruption are coming in the way

Politics of language: As old as the hills, now new trigger for statehood stir
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri says the movement has gone beyond the Bengali language issue now.

Army out in Darjeeling after language protest turns violent
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Protests have been on in the Darjeeling hills ever since Mamata Banerjee announced last month that Bengali will be made a compulsory subject in all schools across the state from classes I to X.

Mamata Banerjee’s bid to force-feed Bengali language in the hills fires Gorkhaland demand
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Despite the West Bengal chief minister's clarification that Nepali will remain an official language, the damage has been done.