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NEW DELHI: GJM National Committee members visit Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 4, 2011


The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha since its inception has always pledged on bringing Gorkhas across the nation on the same platform and have stressed upon uniting Gorkhas residing in various parts of the country. Within 46 months, GJM has been mostly successful in achieving this feat as it has its Sakhas (branches) spread across North-Eastern states, Delhi, Uttarkhand, Hyderabad, Kolkota, Jharkhand and Sikkim. The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration bill was successfully passed in the Assembly yesterday and it will start working towards development of the Gorkhaland area, but the movement of the separate state of Gorkhaland will alongside continue on the National level. The GJM founder-president Mr. Bimal Gurung has always reiterated that the main goal of the organization is achieving the separate state of “Gorkhaland” and hence, he will not rest till it is achieved. Read the rest of this entry »


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SIKKIM: Gangtok show for Prashant film – India premiere to be in sikkim

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2011


Gangtok, July 29: Prashant Tamang’s third Nepali film Kina Maya Ma will premiere in India with a screening

Chunnilal Ghimire at the news conference in Gangtok. Picture by Prabin Khaling

in Gangtok on August 27.

Gangtok-based filmmaker Chunnilal Ghimire said the premiere would be at Vajra cinema hall. “After the movie runs in Gangtok for some time, we will take it to Darjeeling and Kalimpong for screening,” said Ghimire. This is the first feature film of Channel Ace Productions run by Ghimire.

Although a love story, the film has references to the Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling, the hometown of Indian Idol 3 winner Prashant, who plays the lead role.

If Sony’s talent hunt through the music reality show launched Prashant as a singer four years ago, it also sowed the seeds of a new party that now controls the Darjeeling hills.

In 2007, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was born after its president Bimal Gurung cashed in on the strong anti-Subash Ghisinghsentiment that swept through the hills during the campaign to help Prashant win the contest.

The GNLF chief had refused to publicly back Prashant even as the entire Gorkha community in Bengal and across the country put its collective might behind the singer.

Prashant won the September 2007 contest and bagged a Rs 1-crore music contract with Sony.

In Kina Maya Ma (why in love), Prashant is a singer from Nepal who falls in love with a girl from Sikkim. According to the director, in the film, Prashant gets stranded in Sikkim while returning to Nepal because of a “strike” in the neighbouring hills, a reference to Darjeeling and the statehood agitation there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tribals, Nepal-origin voters key in the Dooars

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2011

Malbazar (WB): Ethnic divisions are likely to dominate elections in West Bengal’s Dooars region, which has 12 assembly seats, with the choice of the Adivasi and Nepal-origin electorate likely to be a deciding factor. According to poll analysts, a large percentage of Nepalese-origin voters are likely to be inclined towards the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-Congress combine following Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung extending support to it.

Out of the 12 Assembly seats in Jalpaiguri district in Dooars region that boasts of lush green forests and tea gardens, the Nepalese-origin people and Adivasis have an influential presence in at least 10 seats and a roughly good percentage in the other two segments.

With this in mind, the ruling Left Front is going all out to garner the support of the tribals, who constitute a large percentage of the electorate in the region. Of the 12 seats in the region, Left Front had won 11 while Congress got the Jalpaiguri seat in 2006 elections.

However, Trinamool Congress had won the Rajganj seat in 2009 bypolls defeating the CPM. But the polarisation of votes can change the equation and spring a few surprises this time around, the analysts said.

The adivasis, who are mainly tea garden workers, are mostly grouped under the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, which is fighting the elections from six seats in the region under the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha banner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Text of Memorandum submitted to Rahul Gandhi by GJM President today

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2010

The Himalayan Beacon


Shri Rahul Gandhi
Hon’ble General Secretary
All India Congress Committee
New Delhi

Hon’ble Sir,

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) makes an earnest appeal to the Central Government and to your esteemed authority to show empathy and understanding towards the justified demand of Indian Gorkhas for a separate state of Gorkhaland. The demand, originating in 1907 enjoyed the popular support of the people in the Hills and Dooars. It is a demand based on our identity and political aspirations for self-rule within the framework of the Indian Constitution. In the past, several political parties, groups and leaders have reiterated the demand which culminated in 1980’s in the form of violence, bloodshed, loss of lives and property. but all proved to be futile due to misunderstanding, misinterpretation, misrepresentation and disinformation as orchestrated by the scheming left front government of West Bengal. A separate state of Gorkhaland has been the political aspiration of the Gorkhas for more than 100 years. The late Prime Minister Sri Rajiv Gandhi was well aware of the plight of Gorkhas and the ambiguous status that they suffered at the hand of the State Government hence was sympathetic to the cause. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ghisingh claims he will return to Darjeeling shortly

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 13, 2010


Jalpaiguri (WB), Aug 13 (PTI) Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) supremo Subash Ghisingh today claimed that he would shortly return to Darjeeling hills, from where he was driven out by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in 2008, as the situation had improved there. Ghising, who had first voiced the demand for Gorkhaland and led a violent movement from 1986 to 1988 before settling for the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), had earlier said the situation there was not conducive for his return. “We will return shortly. I am not announcing the date,” Ghisingh told reporters at his residence here, guarded by the police, where he has been living since his ouster from Darjeeling. He also claimed that the interim DGHC proposed by the Centre and on which tripartite talks were being held currently with the GJM and the West Bengal government was opposed by the people of Darjeeling. Ghisingh said there should also not be any dilution in the Sixth Schedule status that he had proposed for ensuring greater autonomy in the Darjeeling hills. Under the Sixth Schedule, the DGHC, which runs the administration in the Hills, was to get more powers similar to those enjoyed by the Autonomous District Councils of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura. A Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) on Sixth Schedule status to the DGHC was signed between the Centre, the West Bengal government and the GNLF in December 2005. The agreement was signed by the then Union Home Secretary V K Duggal, then West Bengal Home Secretary Amit Kiran Deb and Subash Ghisingh in the presence of then Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. The GNLF supremo’s insistence for Sixth Schedule status for the Hills had caused him to fall out with his then close aide, Bimal Gurung, who is currently the president of the rival GJM.

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