However, Gurung added that he will continue his crusade for Gorkhas
But, of late its tranquility was disturbed by political turmoil at the height of the tourist season after violent clashes broke out between police and hundreds of protesters who want Gorkhaland as a separate state for Gorkhas
in West Bengal.
There is a reason why Gorkhas
have lost faith in the government.
The hill resort of Darjeeling has been rattled at the height of tourist season after violent clashes broke out between police and hundreds of protesters of the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha (GJM) - a long-simmering separatist movement that has long called for a separate state for ethnic Gorkhas
in West Bengal.
Though he did accompany the GJM delegation which met Union Govt says Gorkhas
trying to create ethnic strife
Dr Jitendra Singh was speaking to a delegation of Bharatiya Gorkha
Parisangha, a national organization of Gorkhas
in India, who called on him here yesterday for redressal of their long pending issues and sought his intervention, particularly considering the fact that out of over one crore Gorkha
population in whole of India today, the major portion of over 35 lakh lives in the North-Eastern region of the country.
As a new Nepal tries to emerge from the rubble of a civil war and demise of the 240-year-old monarchy, Gorkhas
serving the British and Indian armies could become a thing of the past.
, who are ethnic Nepalis, have been demanding a separate state called Eoe1/4EoGorkhalandEoe1/4A[yen] to be carved out of the eastern state of West Bengal, to protect their culture and heritage.
They stated that it is because of this reason that Gorkhas
living across India have been demanding Gorkhaland for the past two and half months.
From the Indian armed forces to the business community in the hills, the Gorkhas
have always enjoyed a position of relative socio-economic superiority compared to the other tribes.
The party sources said the Gorkhas
feel that the candidate of any national party is always driven by the party's own agenda.
Demanding more power for the Gorkha
Territorial Administration (GTA) and citing the state government's decision to introduce Bengali as a "compulsory" language in state schools as a sign of cultural usurpation and an attack on the ethnicity of the Gorkhas
, GJM and its supreme leader Bimal Gurung are on a war-path, trying to desperately revive the old agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state within India.