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Contents: Gorkhaland (Issue 20)

Contents: Gorkhaland (Issue 20)

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Guest-Editorial: Gorkhaland

By Rajendra Prasad Dhakal
It is in this new colonial setting’s ‘contact zone’ that these ethnic groups mixed with each other, which triggered the motion of transculturation culminating in the formation of Indian Nepali identity in and around Nepali as lingua franca. There are instances of German priest distributing preaching materials in 1841 which shows that the language had become popular by then. It is in India not in Nepal that Nepali society was born.

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Colonial Governmentality and the Nepali Nationalist Discourse

By Bidhan Golay
If the true process of intellectual decolonization has to take place, then it must begin by looking at the history of Darjeeling as essentially the history of governmentality, as a history of colonial modernity. To look at it this way may perhaps help us to bring out the material interpretation of history of Darjeeling.

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Whither ‘labour’? Shortfalls of the ethnic discourse in Darjeeling

By Miriam Wenner
Contrary to the concerns of tea plantation labourers, who emphasised their hopes for an improvement of their positions in (or outside of) the tea industry, and gave equal importance to the material and symbolic dimensions of Gorkhaland, political leaders of the ruling Gorkha Janmutki Morcha (GJM) seemed to ignore such aspirations.

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Where are the people in Politics?

By Rudra Sharma
As and when the Gorkhaland movement takes a militant turn and socio–economic life of the people is disturbed, the State Government, the Political leaders and media from Bengal inevitably raise the issue of Tourism, express concern for the tourist and point out that the economy of the hill will be adversely affected. Nobody talks about the concern of a common man in the hills, as if the political disturbances will not affect them or since they support the movement, their sufferings are their lesson for the support.

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Citizenship, Autonomy and Political Closure: Re-examining Accommodation of Diversity

By Samir Sharma
The GTA Act, 2011has replaced the DGHC Act, 1988. This Act of 2011 immediately put the Darjeeling areas under the three-tier Panchayat system. But the three tier Panchayats have not materialised in the GTA region due to the state Government’s reluctance, though there is a demand for this. Hence there is a lot of politicking on the issue.

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Gorkhaland or the Sixth Schedule

By Sandip C Jain
And before this column concludes, may I take the liberty of asking Mr. Ghising and Mr. Gurung one single question? If yes, then I would love to ask them why Gorkhaland or why the Sixth Schedule? “For the development of the Hill population” will definitely be their answer!! But, then, isn’t peace the single most important ingredient for development? If it really is development they are fighting for, then peace should be their mantra.

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Gorkhaland Movement: History, Flaws & Prospect

By Vijay Thapa
While the Britishers were well aware of this spirit and martial quality of the Gorkhas, they were looking forward to use some easy tactics in a bid to cut a profitable deal. This became possible when the internal squabbles in the Palace forced the Nepal King to hastily submit before the British, going against the enthusiasm of his subjects. Thus the most humiliating ‘Treaty of Sugaulee’ was signed on December 2, 1816.

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Gorkhaland: Promises and the Promised Land…

By Sandip C Jain
The history of the struggle of the Gorkhas in the Darjeeling Hills can draw a few parallels with this story in the Old Testament in the sense that in its 103 years of struggle, many men of high stature have come promising the poor and innocent people of Darjeeling to take them to their Promised Land, i.e., to lead them towards a Separate State, but it is here that the similarities end.

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Marginality in Contemporary Indian Nepali Writing

By Man Prasad Subba
This humiliation and insult at the hand of the most powerful seat at the centre shook the entire Nepali community of the land like never before. And the poets poured out their anguish, playwrights took their agonized protest to the stage, short-story writers came up with the theme of cultural identity and musicians also composed songs evoking the deep-rooted feelings of Nepali ethnic culture.

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Two Poems

By Madhusudan Lama
They make me stand
Beside a cracked wall
Memento of a recent earthquake
They smile
And make me smile
Click click click…

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News of Drought

By Man Prasad Subba
With a flick of the remote control
I teleport myself
to an entertainment channel
And to another whisky
On ice

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Documentary Film: Machis ko Sinka

By Radha Mohini Prasad
Machis ko Sinka, is a student diploma film shot in Kalimpong in the background of Gorkhaland Movement. It is reflective of the contradictions in political rhetoric and the ordinary lives during the Gorkhaland Movement.

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