Language is basis for Darjeeling unrest: West Bengal’s hills echo with the sound of Gorkhaland demand
The current agitation of a separate state of Gorkhaland struck the agreement with hill people and local political parties, a return to the 1980s when the movement led by the National Liberation Front of Gorkha (GNLF) was prolonged under subash Ghisingh shook Darjeeling.
Through the religious, political and ideological divisions, the majority opinion is that Gorkhaland is a “feeling” that can not be ignored.
“Such unity among the peoples of the hills was last recorded in the 1980s Gorkhaland is a feeling of the people of the hills, can not afford to ignore.
It can be removed for a while but can not be erased, “said Party Chief Ene Andolan (JAP) Harka Bahadur chetri as tensions continued to simmer, 11 days after the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has called a Indefinite strike on June 8
Chetri, a former member of GJM, had formed his own political team last year after the Supreme GJM bimal Gurung differences.
Gorkhaland Rajya Nirman Morcha (GRNM) Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (PMO) and the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) have now extended their full support to the cause of Gorkhaland, such as GLM, GNLF, All-Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL) .
In a disturbing development for the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, a section of the local Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders has supported the request for state and local leaders of the People’s Republic of China.
GJM activists gathered in Darjeeling Sunday. PTI activists outside GJM in Darjeeling Sunday.
“Gorkhaland is not political rhetoric, but a feeling and passion that has strengthened in recent years,” said a leader who declined to be identified. There were also signs of a division of opinions among local BJP leaders.
BJP District Secretary Shanta Kishore Gurung said: “I can be a difference with the GJM and the style of operation, but on the subject of Gorkhaland, we are on the same page I am also a Gorkha. How can I betray my Brothers and sisters Gorkha? ”
West Bengal Secretary BJP Dilip Ghosh declined to comment on what Gurung said, but said his party was against the creation of an independent state.
GNLF, an ally of TMC in power and a rival to the GJM, also broke ranks with TMC and put his weight behind the shaking by a separate state.
“We have our differences, but … we decided to keep our differences aside and fight for Gorkhaland.” The GNLF since its inception in the 1980s, fought for Gorkhaland.
We now believe that the atmosphere in the hills and the center is totally conducive to the creation of an independent state, “said Zimba Neraaj, spokesman GNLF, PTI by telephone.
Such a unit was observed during the Gorkhaland agitation in the 1980s, and directed by the GNLF under Subash Ghising.
The ABGL, whose founding leader Madan Tamang was killed in broad daylight on a street in Darjeeling in 2010, on suspicion of GJM, also approved the agitation.
“Yes, it is true that we have our differences, but now we have to keep the differences away and respect the feelings of the people on the hill,” said a senior ABGL official.
The concern comes after the May 16 announcement by the West Bengal Education Ministry, Partha Chatterjee, who said that Bengali should be a compulsory subject of class 1 to 10 in the state.
“From now on, it will be compulsory for students to learn Bengali in schools.
Middle schools will have Bengali English an optional subject of class I that students can study in the second or third language, “said Chatterjee.