One to One with Bimal Gurung by www.darjeelingtimes.com

Bimal Gurung. Photo by Darjeelingtimes.com

Bimal Gurung. Photo by Darjeelingtimes.com

One to One with Bimal Gurung

An exclusive interview of Mr. Bimal Gurung, president of Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) for the 3rd time by DT Correspondent, Mr. Udhyan Rai, at his party office, Patlebash, on 23 August, here is the extract of Interviews; please find the detail in our forth coming Magazine Section (Seventh Issue) by end of August.

DT: How far have we reached in the process of Gorkhaland achievement after the formation of GJMM? What are your experiences and what did you learn during the period of 10 months of non violent Gorkhaland agitation?
BG:
Undoubtedly, we have learnt a lot through the ongoing Gorkhaland movement but at the same time there is a lot more to learn and experience. Indeed we have received enormous support but then at the same time we are under severe criticism as well. We still have to hold discussions and debates to elicit public opinion so that we will be able to take the movement in the right direction as far as possible.

DT: Are you confident about the present movement and can you repeat the same statement that you had made at the beginning of the agitation…. that Gorkhaland will be achieved by or before March 2010?

BG: Yes, definitely we are going in the right direction since 60% of the work has been completed while 40% of the work still needs to be worked upon. Well, regarding my stand on the date for the achievement of Gorkhaland by March 2010, I guess I am still extremely positive about it. This is mainly so because I believe that I have not taken into the movement for any ulterior motive. On the other hand there are people who simply join the movement because they aspire at some point to be an MP or an MLA or a councillor and so on. I simply take it as my moral responsibility to provide an identity for the one crore twenty lakh deprived Gorkhalis around this world. Moreover I have already made it clear to the public that I will ultimately bring the Bengal and Central Government to its knees until they themselves will finally offer us our demand for a separate homeland.

DT: Are you still taking advice from the intellectuals which you always profess are behind this movement?

BG: Yes, definitely. We never have and we never would do anything without first consulting our intellectuals. They have always been very supportive but till date they remain in the “underground”. However, in case of a crisis then they are ready to come to the fore as well in order to give the movement its necessary impetus.

DT: How is your relationship with Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh?

BG: We are not opposed to anyone since it is the time for everyone to stand united. However, personally I feel that the Bhartiya Gorkha Parisangh with its elite members and high political reach suffer naturally from pride which prevents them from trusting an amateur like me in the field of politics and at the same time they are so wrapped up in their elite world that they seem to have lost all connections at the grass root level which comprises the major portion of our community. It’s simply pride and nothing else but I still say that we all must take a stand together.

DT: Why is Sikkim not being as helpful as expected? Do you think that there is diplomatic problem between Darjeeling and Sikkim?

BG: I personally feel that there is no diplomatic problem between Darjeeling and Sikkim .It is simply a case of misunderstanding. In 2005 the Chief Minister himself had assured us of help in all forms for the attainment of a separate state. Falling back on this assurance after the formation of GJMM, we did send three delegations to Sikkim with regard to this ongoing movement. However the response was lukewarm. Yet we did not have any issues but the final blow came when legal action was taken against us with regard to the blockade of NH31.This was a matter which could have been solved diplomatically through dialogue considering the deep bond which we share with Sikkim. However we do not directly blame Dr.Pawan Chamling since we feel that he is being misled by a small lobby which is against Gorkhaland and who are simply interested in selfish gains.

DT: How is the GJMM handling the case of Chattrey Subba? What are the steps being taken in that respect?

BG: We simply cannot deal with this issue in a political manner, slogans and propaganda will simply not help. It is a legal problem and it needs to be solved legally. Therefore regarding this we have already engaged five lawyers who are being paid Rs.8000 each for the case. We definitely hope that there will be immediate results as we are very committed to this cause and I never go back on my words.

DT: What do you say with regard to the anarchic situation that followed after the murder of PRAMILA SHARMA?
BG: The situation was unprecedented no doubt. However since a lady was murdered in broad daylight for no obvious reason the general public definitely spiralled out of control due to the atrocity of the whole situation. It is the fault of the authorities concerned who never took the whole situation of the GNLF members earnestly. I had constantly warned them with regard to their illegal possession of arms and their usual conspiracies. However since they never paid heed to the graveness of the situation the anarchy was bound to follow sooner or later….only we never thought that the victim would be a harmless woman.

DT: Why did the GJMM not let the last rites of Mrs.Ghising from taking place in Darjeeling?
BG: I am thankful that you asked me this question because I wanted to clarify a few things regarding this issue.  Firstly, it was neither mine nor the party’s diktat to stop the last rites of Mrs.Ghising from taking place in Darjeeling. If I was taking a double stand then I would never have allowed a safe passage to Siliguri for Ghising on the 26thof July in the first place. Then again I even made a personal call to instruct the public as to let the bereaved come up to the hills. Unfortunately, by the time this message reached the angry mass, Mohan Ghising had already turned back. Moreover it must be taken into account that people never intend to forget Ghising’s betrayal which revealed itself in the almost empty funeral procession.
DT: Is it true that GJMM is making the properties of GNLF leaders public?
BG: Yes, but it is not as bad as it sounds. This is because we all know that the GNLF leaders during their reign of terror had amassed a huge amount of wealth from the public development funds. Therefore, it is only morally correct to take back to the public whatever is rightfully theirs.

16 Responses

  1. iv turned on to D.T. after a long time 2day n this great piece has been such a treat in these hot days @ siliguri wher we r so cut off frm home.

  2. mujhe jarurat hai Bimal guring ka closeup photographs ka , interview

  3. YOU WILL NOT GET ANY RESULT FROM YOUR VIOLENCE/ILLEGAL GL AGITATION.

  4. sir ,
    thanks for uprasing the issue for the land , as we do need our home land and hope u will not be the same like the leader of gnlf . and betray our mother land . god guide u in ur every steps and success come to our mother land .and to all the hill people .
    we support u jai gorkha jai jorkhland .

  5. go ahead sir, you will surely acheive your goal and at the same time don’t forget siliguri and doors.

  6. unity is strength but for gorkha ……… its hell.

  7. Its just an advise to meet-up the controversy regarding ‘Gorkhaland’ from a peace loving citizen.
    The problem could be fixed by a complete package of financial and emotional balance.

    To me its very easy to realize that unless the Gorkhas could realize that they are safe financially with emotional roots the problem couldn’t be solved. There are some suggestions which could be tabled-
    1) The district Dajeeling should be changed into ‘Gorkhaland’
    2) The name of the city Darjeeling should be keeping intact.
    3) The Tea-gardens should be handed over to the autonomous counsel as Tea -plantation is very much a area -bound industry.

    ‘Hope these proposals will be acceptable by all parties within the frame of Indian constitution.

  8. We were suppose to meet Mr Bimal Gurung to get his people employed as many people in Dargeeling are out of jobs.we recruit HouseMaids for singapore and Hong Kong.The candidates must be able to understand basic English and must be above 23 years of age.We are Singapores largest and most reputable indian domestic help company.

  9. Appreciate Sanjay Dutta’s concern. The problem with Darjeeling are not just economic package inspite of the facts that for aboe 7 months that NH 55 is closed, not just that for above 2 years there is no functional local bodies but our builtup and constitutionally approved mother toungue is misunderstood by general people of other part of the very West Bengal, as if we are from different nation. When main stream politicians and intellectual of this state show concern about the people of Darjeeling and just only beauty of the landscape?

  10. Thank you Sagar, actually the Gorkha people had have been exploited since they were regimented under British empire. The British choose Darjeeling as their eastern heaven and to guard their interests they tried to mould your race as well as the landscape with the taste of world’s finest tea. This problem is the brainchild of the British like thousand other existing crisis’s in our country. One more thing I must say that average Bengali people don’t think The Gorkha people other than ‘Twin brothers’ from the same mother.

  11. Honourable Presidant Mr. Bimal Gurung, I am pleased to write this note. I am Timothy Rai, A pastor, born in Jinglam T.E. working in Kathmandu would like to let you know that we the people from Darjeeling praying for the need of a state Gorkhaland since 2002. We do value your vatal leadership and praying for you to the living God Jesus Christ. We felt that we have to turn our demand not for the state but for the independant country. Not free from Bengal but free from India. Then only we can be free from Bengal. Please do not compromise with Bengal.
    Sincerely yours
    Timothy Rai

  12. Dear Honourable Presidant Mr. Bimal Gurung, I would like to add some more things over here: Notice that if we leave death body on the ground it produces many poisoneous germs and affact people. Therefore, we have to either crimation or burry.
    On behalf of Gorkhaland I would like to request you, please do not be hustry, but keep fighting till we get our state. We are living under the darkness. There is no future untill and unless we get our own separate state. Be sure that our living God is with you and our prayer is with you. What man can not do, God can do. Please, trust in the living God.
    We love you and praying for you.
    Timothy Rai

  13. 1. Honourable President Mr. Bimal Gurung, I am pleased to write this note. I am Timothy Rai, A pastor, born in Jinglam T.E. working in Kathmandu would like to let you know that we the people from Darjeeling praying for the need of a state Gorkhaland since 2002. We do value your vital leadership and praying for you to the living God Jesus Christ. We felt that we have to turn our demand not for the state but for the independent country. Not free from Bengal but free from India. Then only we can be free from Bengal. Please do not compromise with Bengal.
    Sincerely yours
    Timothy Rai
    2.
    Timothy Rai, on May 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm said:
    Dear Honourable President Mr. Bimal Gurung, I would like to add some more things over here: Notice that if we leave death body on the ground it produces many poisonous germs and affects people. Therefore, we have to either crimate or burry.
    On behalf of Gorkhaland I would like to request you, please do not be hasty, but keep fighting till we get our state. We are living under the darkness. There is no future until and unless we get our own separate state. Be sure that our living God is with you and our prayer is with you. What man can not do, God can do. Please, trust in the living God.
    We love you and praying for you.
    Timothy Rai

    3. Dear leaders of Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha, there is a proverb,”If you want to hunt the FOX use the tiger killer gun.” Gorkhaland is not the issue of just in India but this is International issue. Therefore, we need to expand our movement worldwide. Fear not, battle is ours. We have to fight like Gorkha.
    citizen of Gorkhaland
    Timothy Rai

  14. Honourable presidant Mr. Bimal Gurung, You had a first meeting with Mamata Banerjee. Focus of the eyes of all the Gorkhas were on that meeting. But you did not raise the issue of Gorkhaland state. If you betray the people that could be a blunder mistake and no one will forgive you and your life will turn into worst than Subash Ghishing. Notice that Many Madan Tamang will raise and the hard work you did till now will go in dumping side and nobody will remember you. People are not foolish like before. Therefore, please don’t compromise our core need with money. Gorkhaland itself is a bank of money. Our need is not money but our own state.
    Be wise and do what you promised to the people. Still people are with you. They are ready to do whatever you ask for them to do. They are ready to sacrifice their lives. This is the mater of our future generation.

  15. All Gorkhas beware of the likes of Bob Bajaj who promise us jobs overseas but sell us like we are animals

  16. Respected GJMMleader Mr Bimal Gurung let me tell u the true story in the Bible.King of Persia Cyrus freed all jews after 70 years of bondage (captivity) in 538 bc.As a result all the jews returned to their homeland JERUSALEM.We are also under bondage(captivity) since independence or 107 years? whatever, da history knows.We are praying very much from our heart so as to get freedom from bengal ruthless ruler.God cud work inthe heart of king Cyrus then why not with bengal and central heads.God bless u and all leaders to keep the movement alive untill we are free.jai gorkhaland.

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