Text of Memorandum submitted to Rahul Gandhi by GJM President today
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2010
The Himalayan Beacon
Shri Rahul Gandhi
Hon’ble General Secretary
All India Congress Committee
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) makes an earnest appeal to the Central Government and to your esteemed authority to show empathy and understanding towards the justified demand of Indian Gorkhas for a separate state of Gorkhaland. The demand, originating in 1907 enjoyed the popular support of the people in the Hills and Dooars. It is a demand based on our identity and political aspirations for self-rule within the framework of the Indian Constitution. In the past, several political parties, groups and leaders have reiterated the demand which culminated in 1980’s in the form of violence, bloodshed, loss of lives and property. but all proved to be futile due to misunderstanding, misinterpretation, misrepresentation and disinformation as orchestrated by the scheming left front government of West Bengal. A separate state of Gorkhaland has been the political aspiration of the Gorkhas for more than 100 years. The late Prime Minister Sri Rajiv Gandhi was well aware of the plight of Gorkhas and the ambiguous status that they suffered at the hand of the State Government hence was sympathetic to the cause.
The struggle for Gorkha identity within the Indian Union must not be misconstrued or misinterpreted. It is not a movement to secede but to belong to this great country. The Gorkhas must be recognized as equal stake-holders in governance of the country and its future. Recognition of Gorkha “identity” will fortify the nations security and their assimilation into the mainstream of Indian life and enhances the process of nation-building. A separate state will emotionally integrate the Gorkhas with the rest of the country which will go a long way in strengthening the ethnic fabric of this great nation.
To-day, the GJM has adopted a non-violent and Gandhian mode of agitation. It has become a model for the rest of the country to follow. In fact GJM has brought back the lost political value to the fore..
A separate state of Gorkhaland in no way implies “partition” of Bengal as is campaigned by Bengal since Darjeeling and its contiguous areas were never a part of Bengal. Our Movement is an emphasis of the fact that we are historically, culturally, linguistically, ethnically, socially different from the people of Bengal.
Since Independence especially under the Marxists, we have suffered due to the misgovernance and the politics of discrimination perpetuated by the West Bengal Government and this has made our resolve even stronger. The State Government’s “step-motherly” treatment has made us feel like “second-class” citizens in our own country.
The Central Government is seriously contemplating on conceding the demand of carving out a separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana , in all probability, seems to be a reality soon. A careful study of the Gorkha issue will show how the case of Gorkhaland is the strongest and in the best interest of the National. We make an earnest appeal to your charismatic, young and dynamic leadership to consider the demand of Gorkhaland also along with the demand of Telangana.
Meanwhile Morcha also likes to inform your generous authority about the ongoing tripartite talks between Union Government, the State Government of West Bengal and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Eleventh round of tripartite talks has already been held and only a couple of issues have remained to be contentious. The State Government of West-Bengal seems bent upon dragging the issue for its own political advantage giving no heed to the gravity of the problem in the overall interest of the Nation.
We also take this privilege to extend our invitation to your gracious self to pay a visit to the queen of hills and witness for yourself as to what the State Government of West Bengal has done to an otherwise the natural haven that it used to be.