RUBEN BAN­ER­JEE

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page -

Ask any av­er­age Ben­gali and they will tell you that they are dead against Gorkhaland. Their pri­mary ob­jec­tion to the cre­ation of a sep­a­rate state is es­sen­tially the pos­si­ble loss of the hill re­sort of Dar­jeel­ing to the new en­tity.

This makes their vis­ceral op­po­si­tion also friv­o­lous. When East Coast Rail­ways was carved out of the be­he­moth South Eastern Rail­way as a sep­a­rate zone in 2003, the Ben­gali bhadraloks were equally mor­ti­fied. The Odiyas wanted it to re­deem their re­gional pride that they sus­pected

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