Status of Gorkhaland Agitation

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17-Jul-2017

Why in news?

The stir for a separate Gorkhaland state now had entered its fifth week.

What is the present status of the agitation?

  • Seven people had lost their lives so far.
  • There are lots of twist and turns in the agitation
  • A “fast-unto-death” programme has been announced by senior leaders, It has also been decided that the agitation will continue indefinitely
  • The officials barred the internet connections across the area where the agitation is on progress.

What is the stand of Sikkim?

  • Sikkim is the very closer state to the Darjeeling area.
  • Sikkim appears to have positioned itself in the emerging political configuration.
  • It gave its open support to the Gorkhaland cause by making public a letter to Union Home Minister, has created ripples.
  • Sikkim has begun suffering disruptions in essential supplies.

What are the apprehensions about the agitation?

  • The Bengal government believes the agitation is encouraged by union government for a political turmoil.
  • The insurgency groups around the chicken neck region making plans for the agitation.
  • There are also suspicions that the agitation is funded by foreign forces like China and Nepal. 

Quick fact

Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC)

  • It was a semi-autonomous body that looked after the administration of the hills of Darjeeling District in the state of West Bengal, India.
  • It was operational from 1988-2012, also once known for a short period of time as Darjeeling Gorkha Autonomous Hill Council (DGAHC).
  • DGHC had three subdivisions under its authority: Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Kurseong and some areas of Siliguri subdivision.

 

Source: The Hindu


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