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Gorkha Leader Madan Tamang Killed

Posted by completenepal on May 21, 2010

Darjeeling, May 21, 2010 (11:00 AM): In what came as a total shock and surprise to all in Darjeeling and to the nation, the All India Gorkha League (AIGL) President, Madan Tamang was mortally attacked, this morning by unknown persons wielding sharp weapons and Khukuris.

As Madan Tamang and his colleagues were getting ready to speak at the open air Clubside meeting, just below Chowrasta in front of Keventers, a shower of stones (brick-bats) were thrown at the meeting from behind the audience. In the ensuing confusion, a group of unknown men with Khukuris and other sharp weapons rushed to the dais area and struck Madan Tamang, among others.

In the ensuing clash a number of bystanders and people in transit were also injured. Most of the injured received wounds from sharp weapons including Khukuris, the traditional Gorkha weapon.

The police, present at the scene, immediately fired 5 rounds into the air tear to quell the violence.

A seriously wounded Madan Tamang was then rushed to Planters’ Hospital just past Chowrasta near Gymkhana Club, but due to lack of proper facilities there, he was then immediately recommended to be shifted to the Darjeeling District Hospital a few hundred meters below on advice from the Doctor present there.

According to a reliable source at the Darjeeling District Hospital, Madan Tamang was declared dead on arrival. His head was literally detached from his body, the source reported.

Madan Tamang was not, however, being transferred to Siliguri as reported by NDTV.

The AIGL had earlier planned to organize a meeting at Chowk Bazaar, Darjeeling to mark its Foundation Day of the party. However, due to rallies by the Naari Morcha and opposition from other supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the All India Gorkha League had instead chosen to meet at the Clubside venue in the upper parts of Darjeeling town.

With such an out-rightly shocking attack in broad daylight, all eyes and suspicions are currently automatically turned upon the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and its supporters at such a politically delicate and sensitive time.

The Governor MK Narayanan recently (on May 18, 2010) met a United Forum team led by Madan Tamang, followed by yet another 21 member team led by GJM a day later (19th May 2010). The two had been bitter rivals on the ‘Ways and Means’ towards their joint objective of ‘Statehood of Gorkhaland’.

GJM Secretary, Roshan Giri, speaking to NDTV, immediately after the incident denied any involvement of his party in the incident and vehemently condemned the attack.

“This goes totally against our Gandhian principles,” he said and added “now it will be upto the Administration and the Police to find out who is actually behind this shocking incident.”

When asked how this would affect his Party’s standing and the upcoming dialogue, “to continue the talks” which the Governor, MK Narayanan, who is still in Darjeeling, had requested, Mr Giri told NDTV over the phone that, “The GJM is following the Gandhi-badhi Path and we do not yet know who is behind such an incident.”

The GJM was earlier scheduled to hold its 2nd Political Level meeting in Delhi on the 25th of May 2010, but that was seemingly suspended after the GJM delegation walked out of the earlier talks in Delhi on the 11th of May 2010, when the West Bengal Secretarial Level delegation arrived in Delhi without a mandate to discuss the crucial “demarcation of territory” issue.

Source: The Himalayan Beacon


One Response to “Gorkha Leader Madan Tamang Killed”

  1. Dirgha Raj Prasai said

    Dear editor,
    The real history is that-We, the Nepalese people cordially request the Indian government to return the missed Land of Nepal from Sugauli Treaty-1816 with British. But,why Indian Government minimizing the demand of Nepalese people? The Sugauli Treaty insolently imposed by the East India Company and demanded the Nepali territory from Tista in the East to Kangada in the West. ‘It would be appropriate and justifiable to consider the East India Company’s ulterior motive beforehand in invading Nepal at various eastern, southern and western lands. They had pre-planned objectives in spreading the colonial domination throughout the Indian subcontinent. To this end they covertly prepared themselves and launched war against Nepal. They succeeded to some extent in dominating the Gorkhali fighting patriots at great cost.
    Under the cloak of intimidation, threat and coercion, the Treaty of Sugauli was concluded. It would be justifiable and helpful to discuss the mode and method of British offensive aggression prior to assess the validity, legality and occupation of the Nepalese territories by the British under threat, coercion and intimidation on the pretext of the so-called dictated Treaty of Sugauli. The sovereign craving of the people in restoring the illegally occupied territories to Nepal by the Colonial Power must be supplemented. Taking all these customary and treaty provisions of the International law norms, NEPAL has a right to get back the ceded territories. Colonial Power, the British left India setting up new sovereign states that claimed sovereign statehood. Pakistan was one of them. The sovereign people of Nepal have every right to claim the lost territory of former Nepal. The outcome could be accepted as decided by the norms of State Practice and that of International Law.
    A Nepali Scholar, political analyst Dr. Shastra Dutta Pant writes- ‘The total area of Nepal was 204, 917 sq. km. The Sugauli Treaty reduced Nepal into 147; 141 sq. km. Nepal’s territory still left to India is 63,776 sq. km. India has to return this territory, the proof of which is discussed hereafter. Moreover, Nepal had to abandon its plan of making a single Himalayan Range by absorbing Brahmaputra and the Jammu Kasmir Valley across Tista and Satalaj respectively. The Sugauli Treaty was brought into practice after Nepal had made ratification on the letter of exchange on March 4, 1816. Nepal had to get back its lost territory from India as per the term and conditions of the Sugauli Treaty and the treaties signed after 1950.
    The Indian Government, a sovereign government, has full right whether to accept fully or partially the act, rule, agreement, and treaty, signed by colonial British-India. By exercising the same right, India has dismissed the Sugauli Treaty by signing peace and amity treaty with Nepal on July 31, 1950. The dismissal of this treaty suggests that the territory prior to the Sugauli Treaty customarily belongs to Nepal. Still, India has to give the lost territory back to Nepal willingly. If India denies, Nepal must make a claim in International Court of Justice. Forty four years after the Sugauli Treaty, Nepal and British India Government singed a treaty with three sections on Nov. 1, 1860. The Section 2 of the treaty says, “The British Government declares that the whole low lands lying between Grokhpur district and the Rapti River, and the whole low lands lying between the Kali and the Rapti river belonging to the Rajahs of Nepal prior to the Sugauli treaty and later to the British Government will be returned to be the sovereignty of the Royal of Nepal”. As per the term and condition of the Section 2 of the Sugauli Treaty, India should have gradually returned the lost territory to Nepal.
    From the beginning, we Nepalese people have been worrying and demanding the lost Land of Nepal. Just after the establishment of democracy in Nepal-1950, national poet Madhav Ghimire wrote a national poem stating the greater territory of the country and our pride. ‘We had reached east to Tista-West to fort of Kangada, to which imperialistic power where we surrendered?’ Let it be noted that Yogi Naraharinath (great historical researcher) had said, “Sugauli Treaty-1816 is fake.” He had filed a write petition at the Supreme Court (SC) demanding that the territory Nepal’s lost-land should be returned. The SC had dismissed the petition without any discussion. I have been writing in many newspapers that India should return the territory from Tista to Kangada with dignity. For national awareness, I have named my daughter as Tista who is now scientist in Ronast and my son Kangada is geologist who is working in hydro-power.
    Now, Maoist chairman Prachanda also has started openly speaking against the injustice of the Sugauli Treaty. But how will this issue be resolved? Nothing will happen by pouring bitterness from our mouth only. Nationality should be from within our hearts. When the Maoist party was in power, they did not speak against foreign intervention and the wide-spread corruption. When they were in power, their activities, attitude and talks were not of one nature. People say that, the leadership is identified when one is in power. The Maoists were also the same, when they were in power, it a matter of grief. They didn’t show any respect towards the nation, national identity and conventional beliefs.

    In the 2066 Bs 10th Bhadra issue of Rajdhani, Prof Dipak Gajurel has written –”The Sugauli treaty that was signed in 1816 between Nepal and British India has been dismissed since 59 years ago. The dismissal of Sugauli treaty means Nepalese territory is automatically as that before the war of 1841-1816 between Nepal and British India. Current territory of Nepal in between Mechi and Mahakali has been given by Article 2 of Sugauli treaty. After the dismissal of Sugauli Treaty by a Treaty of 1950, our territory automatically remains as Tista in east, Satlaj in west and nearly Ganga River in south. However the territory is still in the control of India. Nepal has been gained it. Since 1950 treaty is still functional, Nepal should gain back the territories of east to Mechi, west to Mahakali and that of south which are in control of India.”

    Nepali scholar and a Political analyst Bijayamani Dixit says- ‘Jawaharlal Nehru, the PM of India had said that Nepal has made us proud by remaining a sovereign independent nation in Asia against British Empire reign (where sun never sets.)’ Similarly Mr Dixtit says- ‘British in India had promised to return entire Nepalese territory to the then PM of Nepal, Jung Bahadur Rana, which was taken by East India Company after Sugauly treaty. In the mean time they returned four big districts in western region termed as “Naya Muluk” and promised again to return all of the Nepal occupied territory before British rule. During the signing of Peace and Friendship Treaty in 1923, Chandra Sumsheer had asked the then British Governor General of India to return the promised land, the British response was that it will be a great headache for British as large population was moved to that area rather take the income generated from those territories – Tista to Kangada and Sonpur, Gorakhpur (south). Later that amount was raised to five million. British India used to pay the sum (Rs 50 Lakhs) even after the independence of India. After the so called 1950 revolution in Nepal the payment as well as the issue of ownership of Nepalese occupied territories has stopped.’-(May 31-2010, Janabhawana Nepali weekly)’

    In the same regard, several nationalists including Prof Fanindra Nepal demanded the return back of lost parts (Tista to Kangada) of Nepal protesting in front of Indian Embassy in the occasion of Republic Day of India in 2009. These aggressive rebel voices were not raised without any reason. Since 20 years, Phadindra Nepal is fighting to return our lost-land. The efforts of Phanindra Nepal are also praiseworthy.India let not tease Nepal. My comment also was published in the Indian Express 2009 Dec 2, ‘The controversial Sugauli Treaty signed between the British East India Co and Nepal in 1816 that compelled Nepal to concede almost a third of its territory to the British colonial rulers of India. Respectfully, I hope, cordially Indian government should return the Nepalese LAND.’ India should not see Nepal with attacking sight Nepal must not surrender to India in the sake of cooperation.

    Pradip Nepal, UML’s Party leader writes in Gorkhapatra 19th Aug. 2009 (3rd Srawan 2066 – “Darjiling area of east was taken in lease for temporary use by British Indian administrators. They used to pay Tax (Morgase) to Nepal. After 1947, Darjiling became a part of Indian Territory due Rana and later administrators of Nepal, though it was never the part of India in history. Indian ambassadors make addresses saying the co-operations of billions of rupees to Nepal. But since 1950, they hide the fact that India earns thousands of billions rupees from forcefully controlled parts of Nepal. If India wants to be good neighbor then it must raise itself from this greediness.” And it is our request India should ready to manage and control the open border between Nepal and India, from Tista to Kangada by fencing or construction of wall along the border with consent of both the countries and maintain the 7-10 border points. But,the Indian side is not willing listen the voices of nationalists of Nepal.
    You can find the long history about the greater Nepal. So, all the missed land of Nepal from Sugauli treaty-1816, Indian Govt, should cordially should return. This a great issues-Please.
    Thank you.

    Dirgha Raj Prasai

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