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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
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
Legends And Darjeeling
Dil Kumari Bhandari
Siddhartha Shankar Ray
Epilogue: Incredible Revival