The Union home ministry had ordered ten of the 15 Central Armed Police Forces companies deployed in the hills to pull out despite the situation remaining volatile.
It is near impossible to negotiate a long-term solution without conceding to the demand of a Gorkhaland. A temporary truce and a suspension of the shutdown is the best that can be expected from the bipartite talks that have just begun.
In a democracy that derecognises citizenship and only recognises the protest of dominant castes and vote banks, one has to brutally say “I secede therefore I am”.
The indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling hills has now been on for 47 days.
News of the unrest seems to have moved off the front pages of national newspapers, but the crisis, far from retreating, has in fact deepened.
Exploring the history and causes of the Gorkhaland agitation through illustrations.
The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, which is leading the shutdown in the hills since June 15, has threatened to start a fast unto-death strike.
“In those days, exploitation used to take place right in front of our eyes. We knew who the exploiters were. That is not the case now. Our exploiters are too many: the government, officials, powerful companies, real estate dealers.”
The movements for Nepali in West Bengal and Bengali in Assam have faced an uphill task, both finding their first success in 1961.
Historical and geographical flux, a continuous feeling of exclusion and perceived cultural dominance by Bengalis have aggravated the demand for the creation of Gorkhaland.
Vivek Singh documents the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling over the demand of a separate state and removal of Bengali as a compulsory language from schools.
In the seventy-first episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the NDA nominee for president, Ram Nath Kovind, and discusses the renewed movement demanding a separate Gorkhaland.
Rather than deploying more forces to curb the ongoing crisis in Darjeeling, the state government should initiate dialogue with the protesting parties to find a middle ground.
Many tourists are cancelling visits to the ‘Queen of hill stations’ after continued agitations by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in the state.
Language may have triggered off the current round of violence, but the basic demand is for statehood.
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In an editorial in Saamana, the Shiv Sena also said Mehbooba Mufti was openly supporting “youth attacking” soldiers and blaming soldiers for the tense situation in the Valley.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) claimed that they were being targeted to stop their fight for a separate state, and that weapons are part of their tradition.
The West Bengal government, in a memorandum issued on Sunday, made clear that no leave will be granted till the strike is withdrawn.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was protesting against the government’s decision that Bengali will be compulsorily taught in schools.
Two horticulturalists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Kalimpong are trying to save the region’s Darjeeling mandarins.
Going against RBI guidelines, the SBI branch told the officer that government offices were not allowed more than Rs 24,000 a week in cash.
The government has ordered banks to open accounts for all tea garden labourers by December 5 so that wages can be transferred into accounts, but owners and labour unions think this is an impossible task.