Centre not to agree to separate Darjeeling state demand

NEW DELHI Dec 28: Ahead of the second round of tripartite meeting with Gorkha leaders and the West Bengal government here on December 29, the Centre has
finalised the modalities which will revolve around giving more powers to the Darjeeling Hills through special status instead of acceeding to the separate state demand.
The Gorkhas will be represented by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) which has been on the warpath since February demanding creation of a separate state — Gorkhaland — comprising the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong, besides Siliguri sub-division in the plains and the adjacent area in North Bengal.
Though GJM has been insisting on statehood, officials in the home ministry hinted that the Centre would in no way agree to the demand which has not found favour with other sections like non-tribals living in the area.
The 17-member Gorkha delegation led by GJM’s general secretary Roshan Giri will also meet home minister P Chidambaram. The first round of the tripartite meeting was here held in September.
Sources in the home ministry said the negotiators would keep in mind the unique geographical position of the area as this has implications considering the sensitivities of the people living there.
The region — a thin strip of land called Chicken’s Neck which separates China and Bangladesh and also connects India’s mainland with North-East — has always been on the radar of security agencies which have time and again resisted the separate statehood demand.
Referring to such concerns, the sources said the Centre would not agree to any decision by excluding the wishes of a majority of non-tribals in the region as it could create unrest, opening a new front for insurgents and `external elements’ to fish in troubled waters.
“Through the tripartite talks, the Centre would like to address all such concerns by taking into confidence all stake-holders, including GJM and the state government,” said a senior officer.
The Darjeeling Hills were on the boil for the first time during mid-1980s when the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) — an outfit supported by tribals in the region and led by Subhash Ghising — came to the forefront with the statehood demand. Ghising, however, later settled for the hill council following negotiations with the state and the Centre.
The GJM — another outfit led by Bimal Gurung and supported by tribals — entered into the scene much later when it started demanding a separate state while rejecting the move to give special status to the hill council.

5 Responses

  1. the indian gorkha regiment has doing enough for india . but the indian government has not paid not much attention to the gorkhas in india . there must be a regiment for the bengalies i.e. bengal regiment and the adivasi regiment and after one year of the rigorous training the regiment must be deployed in jammu and kashmir and the border areas . this is shame that there is no bengal regiment in india. thousands of gorkhas are given their life in war in 1971,1961,the kargil war..
    now enough is enough.

  2. you will shocked to know that our own educated mass is directly supporting the anti gorkhaland forces like dyfi,sfi in different colleges around kolkata just for some mere personel gains like some money,buzzing,parties, etc.i think it is the high time that we as a youth should have at least moral support this movement.we should give more weightage to the our movement rather than to these psuedo democratic values.after all GORKHALAND is the dream of the century!!!!

  3. It seems you guys know nothing about India’s history or it’s army. Bengal army started the first Indian war of Independence and the Gorkhas and Sikhs were used by the British to quell this revolt. As far as India’s Independence struggle is concerned Bengalis were at the forefront whereas the Gorkhas were helping the British to rule over India. There is hardly any Gorkha freedom fighter. More than 90% of cellular jail inmates were Bengalis. You wont find a single gorkha name there. The Bengal Army was dismantled by the british after India’s first war of independence. Things have not changed in the Indian army since then.You will find large number Bengalis as senior officers in the armed forces whereas you will hardly find any gorkha at senior level. There is Bengal Sappers in the Indian army. We fought the most for India’s Independence whereas u Gorkhas were and r nothing more than foreign mercenaries. You work or fight for money and nothing else. If tomorrow india is threatened by foreign forces you will find Bengalis leading the battle like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Joi Bangla.

  4. I also agree with you that when there are so many Indians unemployed wtf do we need to recruit thousands of Nepalis. The Gorkha regiment should be dismantled and new regiments comprising of indian communities like Bengalis, Biharis, Malyalis , Adivasis, Gujaratis etc. should be formed. You buggers should go back to your country i.e. Nepal.

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