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Hills in awe of funds & promises Ghisingh’s days of solitude

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 28, 2009

Gorkhaland Personnel pay homage to the ‘martyrs’ at Chowrastha on Monday.

Gorkhaland Personnel pay homage to the ‘martyrs’ at Chowrastha on Monday.

Siliguri, July 27: Accompanied by a handful of followers and son Mohan, Subhas Ghisingh is spending his days in seclusion.

Today was just another day for the GNLF chief. There was no crowd of followers in front of his house in Collegepara, 45km from here, although it was his party that had started the saheed diwas or the martyrs’ day in the memory of 1,200 people who died during the 28-month long Gorkhaland agitation. Driven out of the hills, 73-year-old Ghisingh did not attend any rally or meeting today.

“We understand the significance of the day, but cannot observe it here in Jalpaiguri. People in the hills had laid down their lives during the Gorkhaland movement 20 years ago. It deserves to be observed in the hills and not in plains,” a GNLF worker said. “Although we were forced to leave the hills we would still prefer to remain silent and so would our chief. We consider the observation of the martyrs’ day away from the hills an insult to those who died for the cause.”

Hundreds of GNLF workers in the Terai, however, paid homage to the “martyrs”.

“We had contacted our chief two days ago and sought his permission to pay tributes to our martyrs. Since he agreed and appreciated our decision, we organised programmes in Panighata and some other places in the foothills,” said Rajen Mukhia, the president of the GNLF’s Terai unit, over the phone from Panighata, 35km from Siliguri.

“We had started our agitation in the eighties, demanding separate statehood for the fist time. Many of us had to face police atrocities. Things have, however, changed now. Anybody can raise the demand and nobody is there to take action against them,” said Mukhia.

“But Gorkhaland will continue to remain our ultimate goal.”

“We have decided to keep silent and watch the activities of Morcha leaders, who have promised to achieve Gorkhaland by 2010,” he added.

Source:The Telegraph

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