Summer of unrest; Darjeeling loses its faith in Bengal administration
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 16-Jun-2017

Darjeeling, June 16: The political situation of Darjeeling is worsening day by day. A few days ago Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed “the hill is smiling” whereas now Hill is burning. Till last week the news of clashes is flooding the newsfeed. A city which is famous for its clam nature is now itself unpleasant.

Yesterday the state police raided Bimal Gurung’s office and kind of entered forcefully. They claimed there are weapons in the offices whereas those were archery collection; protesting that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha called an indefinite shutdown. Gorkhas are a symbol of honesty, dedication and national services. When Gorkhas played a loyal role in Indian army since long days, they now want a separate state. This obviously indicates the inability of state government to fulfill their demands properly.

Bengal’s slavery?

The situation was stable for long days but again Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to impose Bengali as an additional subject provoked the issue. The hill districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal are on the boil again since then. Gorkhas are different in culture, language, and lifestyle.

Everyone has different sentiments. A state should respect the diversity of a tribe. Now Gorkhas have turned so disrespectful to Bengal they are calling it ‘Bengal’s slavery’. Bengal government is trying to impose everything on them and this leads to violation of Human rights. The police force is acting like AITMC goon.

Darjeeling was never a part of Bengal

Darjeeling was never a part of Bengal till 1935. It joined Bengal for administrative connivance. When the creation of Gorkhaland may seem like a separatist issue we need to consider the different culture of them. Government’s ignorance to the hill also matters. What actions did the CM take when hundreds of tea-garden labors died? Hundreds of tea-Gardens are shutting down till now.  To create the area more economically stronger may the issue of separate state needs to be considered. A government can’t rule area sitting in Nabanna without knowing anything about it.

Still now Mamata Banerjee is silent. Her false promises are now exposed is that the reason behind her silence? She has successively told they would not tolerate any violence in the hill. But in such a situation a soft approach from her is expected. The law and order situation is declining due to her arrogant attitude. When you advise “food is personal choice”, don’t you think language is inherited and more of a personal identity.

The stance of Centre?

GJMM General Secretary Roshan Giri and Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwalia met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi today and explained the present situation of Darjeeling hills. Home Ministry has asked a report from Bengal government regarding the issue. When State Governments could not solve the issue for years, it is hoped the coming all party meetings may lead to a resolution. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is responsible for the current situation in the Hills. She should immediately issue an official notification clarifying that Bangla language is not compulsory across all the schools in the Hills.” , Darjeeling MP Ahluwalia said after meeting with HM. Home Minister also assure that he would consult the matter with PM Narendra Modi.