Gorkhaland

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Now everyone wants his/her own state. Disgusting.

[color=#000000;][font="Arial;"]An indefinite bandh has been called in Darjeeling Hills by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) from Saturday to press its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state, a day after Congress and its allies unanimously decided to create Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.[/color][/font]

[color=#000000;][font="Arial;"]"If there can be a Telangana state then why not a Gorkhaland? We are demanding that our 107-year-old legitimate demand (for a separate state) be fulfilled," GJM general secretary and spokesman Roshan Giri told reporters after a party core committee meeting here today.[/color][/font]
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Apparently it seems Mamta Bannerjee doesn't want this to happen. Finally, she is doing something good.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that the UPA government had promised some Gorkha leaders that they (Centre) will convert Darjeeling into an Union territory and some Union ministers had encouraged Gorkha leaders to renew their movement in Darjeeling demanding a separate state.

"A few days back, some Union minister had summoned one or two Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders and advised them to organise movement in Darjeeling by renewing their old demand for a separate Gorkha state. These ministers had also promised the GJM leaders that the Centre will convert Darjeeling into an Union territory."

"The GJM is now holding their agitation in Darjeeling by citing the Centre's move to accept the demand for a separate Telengana state. I condemn that Centre as I feel some Congress ministers are trying to split India into several regions. Demand for a Telengana state is an old issue and the Congress has picked it up just before the next parliamentary elections," the chief minister told reporters.
 

Sushubh

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Had no idea more divisions were planned.

Despite promises, BJP-led government cannot form Gorkhaland easily - The Economic Times

Recent political dynamics in Delhi giving upraise of BJP is being considered as a major positive development in favour of formation of small state Gorkhaland comprising Darjeeling hilly region of West Bengal. But how far BJP led NDA Government will actually can let it happen remains a big question even among the top notches of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling that has just been made NDA partner.
The NDA partnership has come as a reward for GJM's 'unconditional' support to BJP that has brought hilarious victory of BJP Vice President SS Ahluwalia from Darjeeling constituency where BJP itself just exists only. GJM is the most prominent force to spearhead Gorkhaland movement there.
Following crack in the friendship with ruling party of West Bengal TMC, GJM shifted to BJP. Against that, "BJP has assured all support to our demand of separate statehood," said GJM General secretary Roshan Giri. Ahluwalia also promised to keep pro Gorkhaland views in BJP's election manifesto.
 


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Gorkhaland demand uphill task for national parties, Left to Right

The revival of the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland has put mainstream national parties in a fix with their units in the Darjeeling Hills breaking ranks with their own leadership in West Bengal, and backing calls by the hill parties. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), spearheading the agitation against what it calls imposition of Bengali on people in the Hills, is now mobilising support for a separate Gorkhaland. This has prompted Union Minister and BJP’s Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia to ask the Union Home Ministry to appoint a committee of experts to look into the demand.
The Congress and the Left, who are opposed to idea of carving out a state from West Bengal, are also finding it increasingly difficult to stand with the people of the Hills where sentiments are running high, especially on the issue of Gorkhaland.
Neither do these two parties want to be seen aligning with the ruling Trinamool Congress — they are already blaming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for raking up the issue three Left to Right, demand for Gorkhaland uphill for national parties decades after the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) led a violent movement for a separate state.
 

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The agitation is because Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, GJM, is fast losing support in the hills as shown by recent municipal elections in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik municipalities. Trinamool wrested away the control of Mirik municipality and even more significantly the total votes for opposition was more than total votes for GJM in these four municipalities. This is rather stunning considering the amount of influence GJM has in the hills. It is also an indirect referendum on Gorkhaland issue (which is why GJM is not asking for a referendum).

After long while Darjeeling is seeing good tourism in recent years (no more from last week thanks to GJM's burning of vehicles and violence on June 8th).

Gorkhaland is not possible due to strategic location of the region in "Chicken's Neck", proximity to China and also because it is too small to be a state on its own. Further and more importantly Bengal will not be divided anymore after 1905 and 1947, no matter who wants what.

BJP which is almost non-existent in Bengal despite its best efforts was winning some hearts and minds in recent months but not any more. No Bengali will support a party which even hints at support for Gorkhaland.

The phrase, Partition of Bengal ("Desh Bhag" in vernacular), has such horror associated with it in these parts, that it happening again is out of question.
 


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  1. If Bengalis, who make up 90% of tourism in Darjeeling, tomorrow start a movement to avoid Darjeeling, will Gorkhas there be able to survive?
  2. Why do Gorkhas not ask for Gorkhaland in Nepal?
  3. What if one thousand other races in India start their movement for a state?
  4. What about other ethnicities who live close -- like Kamtapuris -- will that be another state?
  5. Why are they asking for non-Gorkha areas such as Siliguri to be included in Gorkhaland?

They live inside a state within a state. Is that not enough?