Gorkhaland Goes BJP

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal
This is part of an article that appeared on today’s Op-Ed of the Kahtmandu Post. The other part is here. The complete article in PDF is here.

The high pitched movement for the state of Gorkhaland within India by the Nepali-speaking people of the Darjeeling area has reached an awkward situation. The Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM), the party that resurrected the Gorkhaland movement, and its firebrand leader Bimal Gurung have handed over the task of taking up the issue of statehood in Delhi to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The GJMM has supported the candidacy of BJP’s Jaswant Singh from the Darjeeling seat in the parliamentary elections to be held on April 30. Continue reading Gorkhaland Goes BJP