Gorkha­land move­ments con­tin­ues for about two months

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The Gorkha­land move­ment has en­tered the 57th day but the peo­ple of Dar­jeel­ing and the sur­round­ing ar­eas have been giv­ing con­ti­nu­ity to the move­ment with the hope of real­is­ing their de­mands for a sep­a­rate state in the hills. Although the gen­eral strike and the block­ade im­posed by the state gov­ern­ment have cre­ated a lot of dif­fi­cul­ties to the peo­ple, they have not shown any sign of fa­tigue. The peo­ple are reg­u­larly or­gan­is­ing mass ral­lies, stag­ing sits-in and hu­man chain brav­ing the mon­soon rains.

On Sun­day, the GJM and the other hill par­ties staged a hu­man chain protest near the Dar­jeel­ing rail­way sta­tion against po­lice atroc­i­ties on their work­ers and to de­mand an im­me­di­ate with­drawal of the forces from the hills. The GJM also took out ral­lies de­mand­ing restora­tion of the In­ter­net ser­vices, which have been banned in the hills since 18 June. The peo­ple have also foiled the at­tempts of the po­lice to ar­rest the lead­ers of GJM and other par­ties from their res­i­dences.

The par­tic­i­pants of the ral­lies carry black flags and plac­ards de­mand­ing Gorkha­land al­most ev­ery day. Bar­ring the medicine shops, all other shops, busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments, schools and col­leges re­mained closed for about eight weeks.

Mean­while, the po­lice tried to ar­rest Dawa Lama, cen­tral mem­ber of GJM, from his Singh­badi res­i­dence but failed to ar­rest him. The GJM had warned of launch­ing tougher move­ment if the cen­tral gov­ern­ment did not make its views on the Gorkha­land Move­ment public by Tuesday evening.

The State Gov­ern­ment has been try­ing to weaken the move­ment by ar­rest­ing the lead­ers in Dar­jeel­ing. The lead­ers have gone un­der­ground to avoid ar­rest.

Lama was liv­ing in his neig­bour's home when the po­lice raided his house on Sun­day.

The GJM has ac­cused the state gov­ern­ment of try­ing to con­trol the lead­ers by fil­ing cases against them. When the lead­ers of the GJM and other par­ties re­jected to hold talks with the West Ben­gal Gov­ern­ment, the state gov­ern­ment has been try­ing its best to sup­press the move­ment. It has mo­bilised po­lice and para­mil­i­tary forces to con­trol the move­ment but in vain.

The im­pa­tience shown to­wards the move­ment by Chief Min­is­ter Mamata Be­nar­jee in re­cent days is ex­plained as a suc­cess of the move­ment. “Achiev­ing the Gorkha­land stand is not far con­sid­er­ing the im­pa­tience be­ing ex­hib­ited by the State

Gov­ern­ment,” Bi­mal Gu­rung, GJM leader was quoted. Gu­rung has re­it­er­ated that they would not hold talks on other is­sues ex­cept the sep­a­rate Gorkha­land state. While the move­ment is go­ing on a de­bate has be­gun as to whether the Gorkha­land state will be fea­si­ble and the out­comes have been pos­i­tive. If cre­ated, the Gorkha­land will be big­ger than Goa and Sikkim and will have big­ger pop­u­la­tion of many of the north-east states. More­over, Gorkha­land will be self-re­liant in agro-prod­uct. All the de­vel­op­ments and de­bates of re­cent weeks show that the peo­ple of Dar­jeel­ing will be able to re­alise their de­mand of a sep­a­rate state this time. By now 11 demon­stra­tors lost their lives, 25 have been in­jured se­ri­ously. Health con­di­tion of 12 youths who have been stag­ing a hunger strike for the three weeks is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

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