Proposed as the 30th state of India, the cry for Gorkhaland is at the highest level in Darjeeling and Kalimpong district. The situation in Darjeeling has intensified as the agitations are continuing for more than a month now.
It all started off with an alleged imposition of Bengali to be practiced till 10th across the schools in the state, earlier the Chief Minister of West Bengal from a public meeting in Mirik announced a special audit of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) to unearth financial disputes that certainly raised few eyebrows.
Having spoken to few of my friends who have actively taken the streets to protest against the West Bengal government on language imposition, and a state of their own. The accounts they have provided and why they feel that Gorkhaland will benefit them to restore their identity as a community.
As one of my friends complained that, there are enough and more instances when residents of Darjeeling and areas like Kalimpong who come down to Kolkata is expected to know the nuances Bengali which might be a needless burden that they are bestowed as demographically their allegiance lies with West Bengal.
Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts receive over a millions of tourist across India and abroad in a year with the Gorkhaland agitation localities over the period have claimed that being part of West Bengal major part of their revenue are extracted in the form of taxes by the state government, having a state of their own can bring in a method to utilize the same amount of money for their own development.
Recently in a video released by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha spearhead, Bimal Gurung asked the political leaders to unite and hit the streets “I urge everyone to hit the streets in protest. All leaders should hit the streets with workers and the common people. We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula,” Gurung said in a video message.
This is not the first time that the GJM lead agitation for a separate state has come to an end without drawing any conclusion, certainly, this time around the party looks to prolong the agitation in the hills, with ban on the internet services added to the anxieties of the protesters in the valley, though this time around the protesters are not willing to settle for anything less.
The Mamata Banerjee lead Bengal Government is in no mood to discuss for a solution that involves annexation of Darjeeling and Kalimpong from Bengal, suspecting a partnership between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the GJM behind the cry for Gorkhaland.
For long did Bengal boast about her possession of Land, Sea, and Hills. Interestingly, CM across her political campaigns throughout the years have highlighted ” pahar hasche ” which means the hills are smiling again, but today with all that left in the hills this turn out to be one of the significant turns for the TMC government ahead of the 1st August meeting in New Delhi taking the fight for a separate state for Darjeeling and Kalimpong district by the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee.