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BGP HOLDS FIRST MEETING OF MAHARASHTRA UNIT IN MUMBAI

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 11, 2009

Bhupendra Adhikari conducting the meeting in the Wilson College auditorium, Mumbai, August 9, 2009

Bhupendra Adhikari conducting the meeting in the Wilson College auditorium, Mumbai, August 9, 2009

MUMBAI: The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh held the first official meeting in the Mumbai at the Wilson College at Chowpatty. It was a historic occasion that brought people from Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Mumbai together with visitors from Punjab, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The teak panelled, portrait-lined hall of the 177-year-old college was an apt venue for the historic event.

The meeting was attended by over 100 people and a few Gorkha organisations based in Mumbai. It was presided over by former Mumbai Police Addl Commissioner of Police Lalit Dutraj. Present at the meeting were BGP Working President CK Shrestha, Vice-President and CPC Chairperson Rev Dr Enos Das Pradhan, Secretary General Sukhman Moktan, CPC Vice President Joel Rai, CPC General Secretary Associate Professor Munish Tamang, Punjab BGP President Col Rana, Chhattisgarh BGP President PK Tamang and Uttarakhand Zone 4-5 Coordinator Bhupendra Adhikari. Also present at the meeting were the principals of Wilson College and St Columba School, both being instutitions run by the John Wilson Society.

Dr Enos Das Pradhan, in his welcome speech, expressed his gratitude to the people who had come for the meeting from all parts of Maharashtra and said the BGP was a people’s movement that required commitment from everyone.

Sukhman Moktan apprised the people about the work that the BGP had done since its inception in 2001 and thanked Mumbai for its big contribution in the installation of the statue of Martyr Durga Malla in the Parliament House premises. He also detailed the election process that will bring in a new Executive in October.

Dr Enos Das Pradhan gives the welcome address, Mumbai, August 9, 2009

Dr Enos Das Pradhan gives the welcome address, Mumbai, August 9, 2009

Joel Rai told the gathering about how the BGP had determined that the political identity of the Gorkhas from all over India could be the only rationale for a separate state of Gorkhas. He said that institutional neglect of the Gorkhas had deprived them of a stake in governance. Munish Tamang said that the Gorkhaland movement was no longer about the economic development of Darjeeling and Dooars. He emphasised, in fact, that Darjeeling had long ceased to be the locus of Gorkha issues, with five-sixths of the Gorkha population resident outside the Darjeeling region.

BGP Working President CK Shrestha explained that BGP was not an organisation founded on political principles, but one which had to deal with politics in aiming to secure empowerment and regeneration of Gorkha society in India. He said that Gorkhaland was indeed a top programme for the BGP, but that it was just that–a programme and not the sole objective or the raison d’etre of the Parisangh. Even after Gorkhaland was achieved, the BGP would continue to formulate plans for putting the Gorkhas at a par with other communities in the country. He also said that in all its plans, the Parisangh would put country first before its objectives. He also spoke of how the BGP would change its style of interacting with the authorities. “In a democracy, there is no emperor whom we have to petition or pray to,” he said, and continued, “We will not let allow the Gorkha to be demeaned when we interact with governments or authorities.” He answered several queries from the people on the BGP, its aims and objectives, its political stances and its future programmes.

CK Shrestha addressing the Mumbaikars in the metro on August 9, 2009

CK Shrestha addressing the Mumbaikars in the metro on August 9, 2009

A temporary panel was formed to oversee the installation of an elected committee for the Maharashtra unit. With CB Chhetri as convenor, the panel has, among others, former Addl Commissioner of Police Lalit Dutraj, social worker Kusumlata Rai, media professional Usha Rai, lawyer Naveena Kumai, Dhurba Pradhan, Col Thapa, Sahadeep Tamang, Indra Gazmer, president of the Sunakhari Women’s Association, and others. The panel will take steps to hold a meeting within one month that would elect a committee for the Maharashtra BGP.

BGP leaders will be travelling to Nagpur in the state to hold a meeting there on September 6, 2009.

Source: http://gorkhaparisangh.org/

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One Response to “BGP HOLDS FIRST MEETING OF MAHARASHTRA UNIT IN MUMBAI”

  1. Kpa said

    Great going parisangh but mere holding seminars will not work in the long , they have to work from the grassroot level

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