ISBN 9788132107262,Gorkhaland : Crisis of Statehood

Gorkhaland : Crisis of Statehood


Romit Bagchi



SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9788132107262

ISBN-10 8132107268

Hard Back

Number of Pages 480 Pages
Language (English)


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 endeavours 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. Table of Contents Preface Introduction: Gorkhaland-A Psychological Study Chronology Of The Gorkhaland Movement I: 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-?-Vis The Gorkhaland Movement Gandhism And Ethnic Paranoia Subhash Ghising And Bimal Gurung Vis-?-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 II: Shifting Scenes Bandh-Boycott And Gjmm Dooars And Gjmm Opposition Consolidation And Gjmm Mamata And Gjmm III: Reflections Black Darjeeling Legends And Darjeeling Darjeeling Beckons IV: Views Asok Bhattacharya Subash Ghising Gurudas Dasgupta Sougata Roy Dil Kumari Bhandari Sirsendu Mukherjee Kanu Sanyal Debaprasad Kar Birsha Tirkey Siddhartha Shankar Ray Bharati Tamang Bimal Gurung Epilogue: Incredible Revival Appendex Glossary Select Bibliography Index