After a hard fought andolan of 4-years from 2007 to 2011, finally the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Agreement was signed between the Center, WB Govt and GJM representatives. The invitation, specifically to GJM is clearly for the resumption of the dialogue from where the center had left it in 2011. The File Number at the top of the letter, F.NO. 12013/01/2011-SR is a dead giveaway. In probability the invitation wasn’t sent to other political parties, as they were not a part of the GTA Agreement.
As the news of a settlement between the government of India and various factions of Bodo groups started to trickle in, there was much curiosity in Darjeeling hills – home to another demand for the separate state — Gorkhaland. Even though parallels can be drawn between the two, the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland supersedes that of Bodoland by decades, and the unique geographical positioning of Darjeeling hills, Terai and Dooars, makes it one of the most cosmopolitan and at the same time one of the most vulnerable regions in India.
Toonsoong Bridge, a 280 feet long bridge on Balasun River connects, Tungsung, Balasun, Dhotrey, Rangbul, Pussumbing, Kalej valley etc. with Pokhriabong region. It, however, is in a miserable state today.
On June 21st, 2015 we had posted a WAKE UP call to then powers that be in GTA, highlighting how Lodhoma Suspension Bridge was another accident waiting to happen. It took four long years, but we are very happy to report that the new Lodhoma Steel-frame Bridge is about to be completed and opened for public use.
West Bengal was once the epitome of progressive and critical thinking with the civil society closely engaged in the political processes. The rise of TMC…
Yesterday, when I read the news about TMC Mouthpiece Khaar 365 Din labelling the hill peole “Baimaan Pahadbasira”, I laughed my butts off. Literally, I could hear the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of TMC and their proxies being shattered into a million pieces, and every piece crying out loud… “Baimaan Pahadbasira”.
In a parallel to the Game of Thrones, it’s like the people of the North have finally decided to root out the distant, but highly dictatorial and tyrannical rulers from the South.
Gorkha Unemployed Primary Teachers’ Welfare Organisation has lodged a writ petition at Kolkata High Court regarding recent “illegal appointment” of primary teachers by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
It has been 26 years since the then Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council started to develop the erstwhile Rai Dhap as the drinking water source for…
As the Lok Sabha elections are closing in, we are getting new information, mostly rumours every day about who will contest from Darjeeling. A hot…