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Gorkhaland
Crisis of Statehood

First Edition
  • 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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