Bengali chauvinism fuels Darjeeling unrest as statehood demand escalates

It is strange that despite previous examples of the tendency to ignite linguistic chauvinism, politicians always have the same fatal route.

The last instance of such shortsighted policies is the decision of the West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, to make Bengali a mandatory subject of classes I to X in the state.

The disastrous impact of this myopia is found in Darjeeling, where it has led to a renewed demand for a separate state, namely Gorkhaland by the Nepali-speaking population of the region.

Although after the agitation, the Chief Minister expressed his desire not to make compulsory subject, he would not make a commitment in writing.

The result was that the unrest has led to a virtual stalemate in Darjeeling and adjacent areas, including tea gardens.

As a person known for his stubborn, compulsive path instead of sobriety and great competition, Mamata Banerjee seems to have worked with ideas on controlling the situation, with the exception of sending more policemen and paramilitaries in the area and asking for the Army to wear flags March.

The best course for her would have been to ensure that Nepali ethnicity that no language would prevail at all as Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri assured Tamiliens opposed Hindi in the 1960s that they would continue English as a connecting language, provided that people who do not speak Hindi They wanted

But Mamata Banerjee probably believes that such a retreat makes him lose his face.

Anyway, the decision to play the Bengali card is based on the fear of incursions that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would allegedly be made in West Bengal due to the belief that it is also soft on Muslims.

His show parochialism was, therefore, to retain his middle class core. But it was clear that he did not take into account the impact on Darjeeling.

However, history tells us how the seed East Pakistan separates Taliban Bengal / East Bengal West Pakistan were planted when Mohammed Ali Jinnah declared Urdu as the national language; And how a civil war erupted in Sri Lanka when most Sinhales tried to impose their Tamil minority language.

It is obvious that the West Bengal government should have addressed the language problem more carefully, especially when the demand for an independent administrative unit in the Darjeeling region is old, dating back to 1907, when settlers of the Association wanted to be Part of the Morley-Minto reforms and again raised with the Simon Commission in 1930.

In 1947, the Common Communist Party of India presented a memorandum to the Constituent Assembly, calling for the formation of a compound of Gorkhasthan Darjeeling, Sikkim and Nepal.

More recently, the issue has become apparent in the mid-1980s, when a separate state suit was raised by Ghishh Subhash but the head of government of the time, Jyoti Basu, managed to calm the situation Darjeeling Gorkha autonomous formation of a Council Of the hill.

However, after Ghisingh moved away from the scene, a new party, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) under his former lieutenant Bimal Gurung, won identified and is currently leading the upheaval.

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