Monday, January 10, 2011

My visit to Madan Tamang, too little, too late!!

From earlier on in 2010, here is a clip from a Hindu report on the procession that the people of the hills, Gorkhali and Nepali, Bengali and Bihari, the British and the French took out after Madan Tamang was killed as he was preparing for a meeting in the idyllic town of Darjeeling.

A sense of simmering outrage over the politics of hate that has seized the Darjeeling Hills in recent times was evident as hundreds of mourners joined the funeral procession of prominent leader Madan Tamang as it weaved its way in intermittent rain along the roads of the hill town on Monday.

Even as some expressed their anger by bringing down some rooftop flags of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) in a public show of defiance towards the region's principal political force, the murder of Madan Tamang has precipitated an unprecedented crisis in the party with 10 senior leaders, including some belonging to its central committee resigning. More could follow suit.

Time has passed.  Storefront displays proclaim that the veggies you are buying are from a store in Gorkhaland.  Water is still scarce and no brainstorming is going to fix that.  The infrastructure and the support systems are overloaded, and lives are lost in claiming peoples and lands.  

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