North Bengal witnesses an independence day with a difference

Darjeeling, August 15, 2017: Independence day commemorations in North Bengal displayed a marked difference this year. While the Indo- China standoff continued, Bhutan-India Friendship Association celebrated Indian independence day in the border town of Phuentsholing. While most of the areas in the plains of North Bengal commemorated the day amidst floods, for the Hills it was independence day in the ongoing indefinite bandh. Former deputy commander of the banned Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) also hoisted the tri colour.  Read full story

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More Gorkhas don’t want Gorkhaland

One significant indication coming from the just concluded civic elections in the hills is that less and less people can now be enthused to vote for the GJM for achieving a separate Gorkhaland. Not only has Trinamool Congress wrested the Mirik municipality from the GJM, it has opened accounts in all the other three civic bodies as well.  The GJM’s alliance with the BJP, the ruling party at the Centre, did not improve its tally but in fact reduced it. For the first time the GJM leadership, especially Bimal Gurung, realized that the Gorkhas are having a second thought on whether their well-being and development depends only on creating a separate State for themselves or to be in West Bengal and march hand in hand with all other sections of the people of this State. Read full story

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