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Gorkhaland
Crisis of Statehood

  • Romit Bagchi - Assistant News Editor, The Pioneer, Dehradun

June 2012 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Gorkhaland is an attempt by a journalist to unravel the various layers of the ongoing crisis in the Darjeeling hills, where the Nepali-speaking community is locked in a political struggle with the state of Bengal, of which it is a part. The author endeavors to delve into the deeper recesses of the psyche of the Gorkha community settled in these restive hills and attempts to put the prevailing stereotypes under a subjective scanner.

The author approaches the century-old tangle from four perspectives: the history of the region, the problem of assimilation of the various ethnic groups, the course of the movement, from Dambar Singh Gurung to Bimal Gurung, and the hurdles in the way of the fulfillment of the statehood dream.

The problem appears insoluble given the odds set against the formation of a separate state, and the people are poignantly aware of the impossibility of realizing this collective reverie. Yet they cannot give in. The writer attempts to give expression to this poignancy at the collective level—the frustration which gets accentuated into a fratricidal mayhem with or without provocations.


Preface  
Introduction: Gorkhaland-A Psychological Study  
Chronology of the Gorkhaland Movement  
 
PART 1: THE MOVING TRAJECTORY
History and Assimilation  
'Nepal' Factor in Gorkhaland Tangle  
Evolution of Political Views  
Subhash Ghising, Sixth Schedule and Caste  
GJMM and Alliance Politics  
Bengalis and Adivasis vis-à-vis the Gorkhaland Movement  
Gandhism and Ethnic Paranoia  
Subhash Ghising and Bimal Gurung vis-à-vis the Developing Hill Trajectory  
GJMM on Downslide?  
Solution through Talks?  
Heading towards Crisis  
Madan Tamang's Assassination and Its Possible Impact on the Hill Politics  
 
PART 2: SHIFTING SCENES
Bandh Boycott and GJMM  
Dooars and GJMM  
Opposition Consolidation and GJMM  
Mamata and GJMM  
 
PART 3: REFLECTIONS
Black Darjeeling  
Legends and Darjeeling  
Darjeeling Beckons  
 
PART 4: VIEWS
Ashok Bhattacharya  
Subash Ghising  
Gurudas Dasgupta  
Sougata Roy  
Dil Kumari Bhandari  
Sirsendu Mukherjee  
Kanu Sanyal  
Debaprasad Kar  
Birsha Tirkey  
Sidhartha Shankar Ray  
Bharti Tamang  
Bimal Tamang  
Epilogue: Incredible Revival  
Appendices  
Glossary  
Select Bibliography  
Index  

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