Gorkhaland scenario

‪#‎Gorkhaland‬ Scenario: Govt is trying their best to stop the current Gorkhaland movement by hook or crook. what have they done till now: Divided terai ‪#‎dooars‬ and ‪#‎darjeeling‬ hills, Tried to bring the ‪#‎Lepcha‬ Council in between,Arrests of some prominent leaders based on old legal cases, tried to clamp down the freedom of information, Illegalised the bandh and the janta‪#‎curfew‬, tried to gain sympathy from the public by trying to provide relief, at regular interval they acted as maniac by derogatory statements to invoke the fury of masses BUT…… all failed. What have we done: The agitation started with ‪#‎GJM‬‘s programme and converted into all parties programme, the agitation became a revolution of people for the identity and justice. As far as I see the movement is not in the hands of Bimal Guruing, he is only our representative for the demand of Gorkhaland. The advent of professor Mahendra P lama is an added value so is of Mr Munish Tamang. The confluence of Intellect and street management has given a shock to the state adminstration.
What could they do? They will play the communal card as played by CPM in ’80s, they will play the card of terrorism (arms struggle) Ajay Dahal might be the another target for the state.
The question is how long can we as a public sustain the movement or revolution? How far our leaders sustain the struggle? will they give up and passify the public or will they encourage the peoiple to fight till we get Gorkhaland? – Prasanna Dewan

Today at Kurseong: Student Rally for Gorkhaland 3

Today at Kurseong: Student Rally for Gorkhaland 3

Today at Kurseong: student Rally 2

Today at Kurseong: student Rally 2

West Bengal govt, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on collision course

DARJEELING: The state government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha seem headed for a direct confrontation in Darjeeling, with the administration relentless in its crackdown on GJM cadres and the Gorkhaland activists warning that the situation in the Hills could go “out of control”. 
Morcha chief Bimal Gurung is likely to meet Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi in Delhi in a day or two to place his demand for a Gorkhaland state, say GJM sources.
Police have arrested 111 Morcha activists, including at least 26 Gorkhaland Personnel, during the current wave of unrest, sending out a strong signal to the GJM leadership. Sixteen GLP cadres, all of them women, were arrested from Gorubathan in Kalimpong on Monday. They were charged with blocking roads and cutting phone wires and remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody.
Home secretary Basudeb Banerjee, who met police officers and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) principal secretary R D Meena at Richmond Hill here on Tuesday evening, is learnt to have instructed the authorities to deal sternly with law-breakers and reopen old cases against Morcha leaders and activists.
The Morcha is seething against the crackdown. “Innocent people are being arrested and framed in false cases. This is a sinister tactic to provoke more unrest and create panic in order to disturb our peaceful movement. If this continues, the situation will go out of control,” said GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang. He warned that the atmosphere in Darjeeling could get charged up and “anything could happen” under such circumstances.
What kept passions aflame in the Hills on Tuesday was the arrest of GJM central committee member and Bimal Gurung’s close aide Anit Thapa late Monday evening. Police said Thapa, a GTA member from Kurseong, was wanted in six cases, including a non-bailable one. He has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. The spate of arrests brought thousands of protestors out on the streets in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong on Tuesday. “The police are forciblyarresting innocent people and leaders and implicating them in false cases. We will be left with no option but to intensify the agitation,” said Tamang.
GTA deputy chief executive and GLP in-charge Colonel (retired) Ramesh Allay accused the government of trying to “provoke the agitators to give the movement a violent turn”. “The GLPs arrested on Monday were merely posted at the construction site of Gorubathan Degree College. The government is provoking us and trying to test our patience,” he said.
Sources said that the home secretary asked the police to continue with the crackdown on GLP personnel. Banerjee wanted to know the situation in GTA after Gurung’s resignation and asked Meena to submit a report on the possible alternatives to keep GTA functioning without Morcha participation. (Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/West-Bengal-govt-Gorkha-Janmukti-Morcha-on-collision-course/articleshow/21665221.cms )

All Party Delegation to New Delhi for Gorkhaland

.All Party Delegation to New Delhi : An Appeal After the declaration by the UPA Government to carve out the state of Telangana as the 29th State of India, the century old demand for a separate state comprising of Darjeeling and Dooars has become an imminent possibility. The long cherished aspirations of the people of Darjeeling district and Dooars including that of the people in the hills like the Gorkhas, Bhutias, Lepchas and others and people in the plains like the Adivasis, Bengalese, Rajbongshis, Biharis, Marwaris and others and all religious groups like the Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are now likely to be fulfilled. A separate state will bring identity to its people; massive development for all in the hills and plains; ensure and strengthen national security in this region with four international boundaries; safeguard the cultures, history and heritage of our region; conserve natural resources and environment and connect our youths and institutions with national and global world. It will bring large number of national and global educational, heath, environmental and professional institutions to this region. It will also correct the historical injustices done to the people and the region. All our children and youths will have huge and diverse career opportunities. All the professionals and tea and cinchona workers and NGO activists will reach their professional heights. Huge public, private and foreign investments will flow and business-industrial ventures will thrive. It will be a tax free state like Sikkim and the North East region. And this new state will be one of the best states in the country. Bengal and the North East states and all other neighbouring states will gain. India will benefit. Today the situation in the hills is deteriorating which requires instant attention and the state government has to come above its usual role of maintaining law and order and governance. The State Government has to rise above its parochial thinking and accept this long pending demand. This is where the political sagacity and inclusive democratic values of the present Government will be tested. At the moment, the critical priority is to bring the hills back to peaceful normalcy. It is against this backdrop we propose a delegation of all political parties from Darjeeling district and Dooars to meet the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The likely date of the meeting will exclusively depend on the office of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Depending upon the response of the political parties an effort would be made to seek the audience with the Hon’ble Prime Minister during 20-30 August 2013. It is a very critical moment for all of us to stand united both in the interest of our region and the country. We urge all the national and regional political parties and their esteemed leadership in Darjeeling district and Dooars to rise above the usual political bickering, parochial thinking, partisan actions and one-up-manship attitude. We appeal them to show that when it comes to a common cause like the Statehood demand we all are one and one only. We ought to respect a united platform. We also appeal to all the political parties, social and community organisations to maintain peace, tranquillity and stability for which we the people of Darjeeling district and Dooars are traditionally known for. In this proposed delegation, all the political parties will be represented by their distinguished Presidents and Secretaries. We would also appeal to all the present and former Members of Parliament and all the present and former Members of Legislative Assembly of Bengal to join this delegation. Political parties may kindly contact the following civil society members for their participation in the delegation. A comprehensive memorandum is being prepared for presentation before the Hon’ble Prime Minister. This will be circulated before hand to all the political parties to read and ratify. We also propose that this delegation is led by two senior most retired Army Officers, one from the hills and the other from the plains. This far reaching initiative would certainly bear fruits.

BK Pradhan, Darjeeling : Ph 9434045521

Bishnu Chettri, Kalimpong : Ph 9332044626 E mail : <megh1963@rediffmail.com> Bharat Prakash Rai, Darjeeling Ph 9832031234 E mail : <fosepdarjeeling@gmail.com> Jiwan Nath Adhikari, Siliguri, Ph 9832388092 E mail : <bhavyaadhi@gmail.com> Mahendra P Lama, New Delhi, Ph 09818686637 : <mahendra_lama1961@yahoo.co.in> ——————————————————–

Proposed ALL Party Delegation to New Delhi Dear All, Warm greetings from New Delhi ! Let us start working on the modalities of organising and sending the delegation. Since it is a high level delegation only the heads of the political parties are included in the same. This is besides the MLAs and MPs both sitting and former. The following are the basic norms : i) we shall not provide any air/train/taxi fare ii) we shall not provide any accommodation. However we could arrange reasonably priced accommodations on payment basis. iii) we shall send the memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister much ahead of the meeting so that the parties could give their comments. iv) since the PMO may give appointment at a very short notice, all the political parties should be ready to reach Delhi at a very short notice. v) political parties from both the hills and the plains and also MPs and MLAs of all the parties from the hills and the plains. I hope there will be adequate response to our initiative. Please circulate this APPEAL NOTE to as many political parties as possible. Warm regards Mahendra P Lama”

Gorkhas Killed in Duars genocide by West Bengal Police

DARJEELING HILLS: Centre responsible for peace in the Hills, says GJM chief

FROM INDIAN EXPRESS

Gurung dismisses relevance of tripartite meeting, says ‘people losing patience, want immediate results’

“Our agitations will be peaceful. But if the law and order situation goes haywire in the Hills, the Centre will be responsible. If they can consider Telangana, why not Gorkhaland?” asked Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung on Sunday while hinting at the possibility of violence erupting in Darjeeling and surrounding areas if their demand for a separate state is not fulfilled.

Describing the four-day bandh in the Hills as their “last battle” to get a separate Gorkhaland, Gurung warned the Central government to consider the matter seriously.

Gurung said that everything will come to a standstill during the four-day strike from December 14 to December 17 in the Hills, including movement of government and police vehicles.

“The people of Darjeeling are losing patience and now they want results rather than meeting after meeting,” said the GJM chief.

Delivery of essential services like fire services, examinations, LPG gas, marriage, funeral, and media will be exempted from the bandh purview. Sources said that the superintendent of police and the district magistrate have requested GJM leaders to not stop their vehicles from plying in the area.

“We have considered their request. I have also asked all my activists to ensure that no tourist is harassed. We have already set up several assistance booths across the Hills to assist tourists. Those needing any help or wanting to lodge a complaint may consult our men in these centres,” Gurung said.

Dismissing the December 21 tripartite meeting on the Gorkhaland issue involving the GJM, West Bengal government and Centre, Gurung said, “The meeting has lost its relevance. There is no point in discussion. We want immediate results.”

Gurung expressed his displeasure at Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s recent statements against Gorkhaland.

“They are senior political leaders and have the right to speech. He (Pranab) is speaking politics and we are speaking about rights. I request Pranab babu to understand that it is in the Centre’s hand to maintain peace in the Hills. This land is ours and it does not belong to Mamata Banerjee,” said Gurung.

On Monday, 21 members each from the Janamukti Secondary Teachers’ Organisation, the Janamukti Primary Teachers’ Organisation and the Janamukti Karmchari Sangathan will launch an indefinite hunger strike in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Pintail village in Siliguri, Kalimpong, and Kalchini in the Dooars.

Students and ex-servicemen are expected to join the hunger strike. Also, from December 15 onwards, nearly 150 members of the Nari Morcha from Darjeeling-Dooars-Terai will be on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and in Kolkata.

The GJM has already placed its concerns before UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, BJP president Rajnath Singh and other Central leaders in Delhi.

The four-day bandh in Darjeeling is expected to hamper the Tourism industry in addition to landing a major blow on tea and wool businesses.