107 years Gorkhaland struggle falls in deaf ears as protest enters 26th day at capital
21 February 2013, New Delhi : Rohit Vikram, a Gorkha, sitting at Jantar Mantar for the last 26 days feels the heat of neglected attitude towards them. He says “Our demand for Gorkhaland is the oldest issue which is 107 years old; We are different races on the basis of language, culture and social status from Bengal’s mainstream, still we are denied our basic right; Neither the center nor the Bengal Govt is considering our demands”.
Rohit is one of the many student leader of Gorkha Jan Mukti Vidyarthi Morcha who have come from Darjeeling to the capital with a determination to protest here till a resolution is taken in the Budget session of Parliament. These students have shaved their head in protest against the statement of Mamta Banarjee which claim Darjeeling to be a part of bengal. “Darjeeling was never a part of bengal” says Rohit.
The Central committee members of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Gorkha Nari Janmukti Morcha and Gorkha Jan Mukti Vidyarthi Morcha are raising the voice of Gorkhaland in accordance to the Article 3(A) of Constitution of India. They put the fact Late Ari Bahadur Gurung, one of the signatories during introduction of Indian Constitution enumerated by Dr. Baba Sahib Bhim Rao Ambedkar was present to sign in the Book of Constitution and his descendants have failed to achieve Gorkhaland in accordance with the framework of same. constitution(Article 3A)
They argue that area demanded for Gorkhaland is sensitive zone boarded by Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and China and therefore creation of Gorkhaland is crucial for National Security.
Asha Gurung, Central Core Committee member of Gorkha Jan Mukti Nari Morcha and wife of Bimal Gurung, leader of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in her inspiring words says ” Gorkhas have made great sacrifice for Independence of India and had fought battle of freedom, still fighting in L.O.C with extremists and intruders.” She adds ” We Gorkhas are very simple people, for which we are being exploited from last 107 years. We are denied financial and educational rights. Its a shame that we are sitting here on our 26th day but still we haven’t received any media coverage neither has any authority come to talk to us”. Hurt by alleged statements by politicians, She says “Dare not call us Nepalis, Chinese or Bangladeshis, we are Indians. Some people call us chinkis but remember if our demands are not met,we will really turn into one and then don’t come to us in the name of National security.
Taking to this correspondent she says ” Gorkhas in Bengal are deprived from political security as well as national identity. Therefore, Gorkhas living in different parts of India have raised voices of Gorkhaland. Darjeeling, Tarai and Dours are enough space for Gorkhaland. The population and Geographical features are also favourable to create Gorkhaland. It would be impossible to maintain peace in the region unless and until the Gorkhas have their separtate state which is our Birth right”
The Gorkhas have planned to meet Jaswant singh of Bharatiya Janta Party and MP from their state Darjeeling to put forward their demands. ” We have come with a mindset to even fast unto death if this time our demands are not met”, says Mrs. Gurung.