Ma’ms gives me a hearty laugh, and says, “bhanich, timro buddhi ra hamro buddhu-jiwi haru dekhda ta Mamata le jitekai ramro jasto lagcha… kukur lai ghiu na pacheko jasto, hamro buddhu-jiwi haru lai ramro kura kahile pachdaina…”
To me this election is about out right, our security, , our identity, and our very existence which has been is under threat from the Mamta Banerjee led TMC government of West Bengal. This election is primarily about Gorkhas and Gorkhaland Vs. the veiled attempts at diluting and eventually eradicating the Gorkha identity and the atrocities and injustices inflicted by Mamta Banerjee and TMC upon us and nothing else.
“We have sent a memorandum to the BJP, demanding Gorkhaland. They(BJP) have assured us that they will look into it. We are happy that their (BJP’s) manifesto speaks about bringing a permanent solution to the region,”
Politically, Darjeeling-Duars never belonged to West Bengal. The region was ruled by Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal. This has been admitted by the Government of West Bengal in a White Paper published in 1986.
Political resolution on the matter of Gorkhas
1.”We will recognise the 11 left out Indian Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes. We are also committed to implement the reservation in the legislative assembly of Sikkim for Limboo and Tamang tribes.
2.”We are committed to work towards finding a permanent political solution to the issue of Darjeeling Hills, Siliguri Terai and Dooars region.”
“Abuiii, tear gas le ta kya aakha poldo raicha!!” – I still remember people saying this line. I can still remember the fear of gunshot…
“We will recognise the 11 left out Indian Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes. We are also committed to implement the reservation in the legislative assembly of Sikkim for Limboo and Tamang tribes.
We are committed to work towards finding a permanent political solution to the issue of Darjeeling Hills, Siliguri Terai and Dooars region.”
Apparently even people in the TMC camp are now saying things like,
• “I support TMC from head to toe, but my index finger belongs to BJP”,
• “ Amar Sir lai vote deu, kamal ko phul ma”
• “Mamata Didi amar rahos, BJP le jiti halos!!”.
Cross-fire of rhetoric Mai re! The rhetoric exchanged between Modi and Didi B last Wednesday! Modi on Didi B: “ She is a speed breaker”. He must have suffered…
There are so many associations in Darjeeling. All of them, including those that doesn’t exist or has come about overnight, has announced their support to one or the other candidate that we felt there was no point in supporting any candidate. Actually, by keeping aloof from the political scenarios, we wanted to protect our identity without being seen as frustrated