GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Bandh eased, life returns to normal in Darjeeling – till the 30th only or just saber rattling, again and again ?!!
From The Times of India
DARJEELING, Aug 26, 2010, 12.45am IST, TNN: Life returned to near-normal in the Darjeeling Hills on Wednesday, the first day of the two- day bandh relaxation announced by GJM.
Markets, shops, business establishments, schools and government offices remained opened throughout the day. However, unlike other occasions, there was no rush to stock up on essentials.
“We don’t want to stock up heavily as the commodities may go to waste if the strike does not continue. Previously, too, we put in lots of money to buy groceries and vegetables but the strike was called off,” said Rani Subba, a local resident.
GJM provided the 48-hour relief and is yet to take a decision on whether to resume the strike after the deadline.
“Our central committee leaders will sit meet on Thursday and decide on what to do after the 48-hour relaxation,” said GJM assistant secretary Benoy Tamang.
Groceries were available but greengrocers ran out of stock as vendors had not got time to make orders due to the sudden bandh called by GJM on Sunday.
“We couldn’t stock up on vegetables as the bandh call came suddenly but we did have some stock. However, we will be able to provide enough vegetables to customers on Thursday,” said Ram Prasad, a vendor at Chowk Bazaar.
GJM had called the bandh to press for the re-arrest of Nicole Tamang, the prime accused in the murder of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL) leader Madan Tamang. Nicole escaped from CID custody from Siliguri last Sunday.
Meanwhile, the district police administration said on Wednesday that three companies of the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF), which had been taken back, will be deployed in the Hills to maintain law and order. The CID has also announced a cash reward of `50,000 for information on Nicole.
“Hand over Tamang killing investigations to CBI” – ABGL relieved to be back in Darjeeling ?!!
From The Hindu Special Correspondent
KOLKATA, August 26, 2010: The State Congress leadership has demanded that investigations related to the murder of prominent politician Madan Tamang in Darjeeling on May 21 be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
They are presently being conducted by the State’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
“We are demanding that the CBI take over the investigations as the recent escape of Nikol Tamang, a prime accused in the killing of Madan Tamang is an indication of the State CID’S intention to suppress the facts”, president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee Manas Bhunia said here on Wednesday.
“We have also demanded the removal of the CID officer in charge of investigations”, he added.
Nikol Tamang had escaped from the CID custody at Pintail Village near Siliguri in Darjeeling district early on Sunday six days after he was arrested in connexion with the murder.
Dr Bhunia also said that the State Congress has set up a committee that will prepare a note on the political situation prevailing in the Darjeeling hills and the plains of north Bengal.
Gorkha League claims its 24 hour strike call to have been successful – claiming brownie points for circumstances beyond their control and claiming Janta power, how ridiculous ?!!
From The Himalayan Beacon
By Barun Roy
DARJEELING, August 25th, 2010: Laxman Tamang, (Laxman Pradhan ?!!) the General Secretary of All India Gorkha League has claimed that the 24 hour strike called by his party yesterday in Darjeeling Hills was successful.
Tamang said, “Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Central Committee member Nickole Tamang, the chief accused in our late President’s assassination had been arrested. However, he fled while still in CID custody. Our party had called for a 24 hour strike for 24th of August to demand the immediate arrest of Nickole Tamang. The strike was very successful.”
The Gorkha League General Secretary said, the Government of West Bengal and the Police were responsible in helping Nickole Tamang escape. He demanded that the investigation in the murder of Madan Tamang be handed over to the CBI.
He further said, “We had dropped the demand for the CBI probe into our President’s murder when the State Government handed over the investigation to the CID and said that the culprits will be nabbed. However, now it is evident that the CID has made the joke of the investigation. We will renew our demand for the CBI probe into the murder. In fact, our leaders have met the Union Ministers in New Delhi and demanded of the same.”
Inquired about the programmes of the party, Laxman Tamang said, “We will take the people into our confidence and whatever programmes we will pursue will be in their favour.” He also informed that some members of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Darjeeling More area was showing their willingness to join Gorkha League.
Durga Malla statue unveiled – in Hamiltongunj, Central Dooars
August 26, 2010: A statue of Martyr Durga Malla was unveiled at Hamiltongunj in Central Dooars Dilkumari Bhandari, President of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha and former MP of Sikkim on the occasion of Balidaan Diwas to honour the sacrifices made by Gorkha martyrs in the fight for Independence and in protecting the territorial integrity of India and specially martyr Durga Malla.
It is recalled that on August 25, 1944, Durga Malla, a major in the Azad Hind Fauz, had been hanged in Delhi by the British.
At the event in Hamiltonganj in the presence of district administration, intellectuals, local leaders and both the Gorkha and Adivasi people and all National Executive members of the BGP and the invited MPs tributes were paid to Durga Malla and other Gorkha martyrs.
Amar Singh MP & President of Federation for new states, Raja Bundela, P Niroop and Jaya Prada and BGP Officials, Joel Rai, Prof Munish Tamang, Dil kumari Bhandari , Enos Das Pradhan, Sukhman Moktan , Dasrath Tirkey PWD Minister, Wilson Champramari MLA, KK Lohar ADM of Jalpaiguri, Rajen Sundas BDO and others were present in the programme.
Speakers like Amar Singh and Jaya Prada said that for the Gorkhas of Dooars and India formation of a separate state is the only solution and we would definitely raise the voice wherever and whenever necessary.
An added highlight of the programme was a blood donation programme, a seminar and cultural programme in the afternoon .
Durga Malla statue unveiled
From Himalayan Beacon
August 25, 2010: A statue of Martyr Durga Malla was unveiled at Hamiltongunj in Central Dooars. On the occasion of Balidaan Diwas to honour the sacrifices made by Gorkha martyrs in the fight for Independence and in protecting the territorial integrity of India and specially martyr Durga Malla. It is recalled that on August 25, 1944, Durga Malla, a major in the Azad Hind Fauz, had been hanged in Delhi by the British.
At the event in Hamiltonganj in the presence of district administration, intellectuals, local leaders and both the Gorkha and Adivasi people and all National Executive members of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, and the invited MPs tributes were paid to Durga Malla and other Gorkha martyrs.
An added highlight of the programme was the announcement of the winner of All India Schools Essay Competition organized by the Parisangh. For the winning essays on “The Indian Freedom Movement and the Gorkhas” winners will later be taken on a tour of Delhi, where they can visit the spot where Durga Malla was hanged.
Amar Singh MP & President of Forum for (the formation of) new states, Raja Bundela, P Niroop and Jaya Prada and BGP Officials, Joel Rai, Prof Munish Tamang, Dil kumari Bhandari and others were present in the programme.
Durga Malla remembered
From The Sangai Express
Imphal, August 25 2010: As in other parts of the country, Balidan Diwas was observed in the State today in remembrance of the supreme sacrifice made by freedom fighter Durga Malla of Gorkha community.
It was on this day in 1944 that Durga Malla was hanged to death by the British at Red Fort on alleged charge of waging war against the British crown.
Organised under the aegis of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, Manipur State Branch, the main observance function was held at Kanglatongbi where rich tributes were paid not only to freedom fighter Durga Malla but also to Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri and freedom fighter Captain Ram Singh Thakuri.
Patriotic song competition, recitation contest and lecture programmes were also organised to mark the occasion.
MLA of Sekmai Assembly Constituency Heikham Borajao and president of Gorkha Parisangh, Manipur State branch KB Karki were respectively chief guest and president of the observance function which was also attended by member of Kanglatongbi Zilla Parishad Rajkumari Sedain, president of Manipur Gorkha Welfare Union Ram Bahadur Chhetri and president of Nepali Sahitya Parishad Durga Sharma as guests of honour.
All those who spoke at the occasion stressed on the need for the younger generation to get inspiration from the freedom fighters who did not hesitate from sacrificing their lives for the cause of safeguarding the independence of their motherland.
General secretary of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, Manipur State Branch Shiva Lama Karki Lama Karki lamented that present generation has forgotten sacrifices of Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri who ended his life at the gallows along with Yubaraj Tikendrajit and Thangal General.
In remembrance of his sacrifice one statue should be installed for the people to pay respect, he said, while drawing the attention of the Government in this regard.
In continuation of the function, artistes of Sunrise Gorkha Youth Club, Kalapahar presented cultural dances.
Noted singer Sarita Gasmir was also among other artistes who render.
Shaheed Durga Malla Honoured in Delhi – now matured enough to reciprocate Indian Gorkha statehood call within India ?!!
By Aditya Sood
New Delhi, March 28, 2010: Shaheed Durga Mall occupies a unique position among the great martyrs who dared and defied the British Authorities in India and stirred a revolutionary fervour in the hearts of young men and women across the length and breadth of the country to dedicate their lives for the liberation of the motherland from the British.
Born on 1st July 1913 at village Doiwala in Dehradun District of Uttaranchal, Durga Mall was the eldest of the four sons of Parwati Devi and Ganga Ram Mall.
Ganga Ram Mall was Jamadar (now called Naib Subedar) of Gorkha Rifles in the military and Parwati Devi a housewife. With the passage of time, this family was blessed with three more sons and three daughters. The eldest among the four brothers, Durga Mall was an extremely self-respecting, laborious & dedicated.
On 15 August 1944, Veer Durga, the great patriot, was taken to Delhi Central Jail from the Red Fort. After ten days, on 25 August 1944, he was sent to the gallows. Thus ended the journey of one more noble son of mother India.