|National Seminar on “Small States and Gorkhaland”|
“Gorkhaland” represents the aspirations and dreams of every Gorkha living across India, to belong and accepted as equal in each and every respect.
The two day seminar on “Small States and Gorkhaland” was organized to bring in experts and National level leaders to Darjeeling, so that we could have a healthy exchange of ideas, share information and to learn from them as to what the possible roadmaps for Gorkhaland could be.
I am most grateful to all the esteemed panelists and participants who took out their time to be with us and to share their vast experience and knowledge, and for encouraging us on our quest for Gorkhaland.
I thank all those who have worked very hard to make this seminar a success especially our study forum member, Shri Swaraj Thapa who took the initiative for this seminar.
The presence of national leaders here in Darjeeling, and their willingness to support Gorkhaland statehood is a testament to the fact that, I have never gone to Delhi to seek funds or power, but have always worked for the cause of Gorkhaland.
I am certain that all of those who were present here in the past two days, not only came here to speak on the creation of smaller states and Gorkhaland, but to extend their support and show their solidarity with our cause. We look forward to their continued guidance, in moving our main goal – Gorkhaland forward.
This seminar was historic, as this is the 1st time that such a seminar involving national leaders from all over India was held in Darjeeling. Now it is our responsibility to ensure that the discussions held in this seminar and the issues raised here are converted to document forms and conserved. I request the intellectuals to do so.
The fact remains that we should not indulge in clashes, be it amongst ourselves or even with Bengal for that matter. Time has come for us to rise above the mundane, and work with higher ideals. Bengal has already agreed to the spirit of Gorkhaland, by accepting the name, now we have to convince the Central government, and request our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji with folded hands to kindly do justice to the aspirations of the Indian Gorkhas.
We have been associated with BJP for over 6 years now, and we are honored to be a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance and we will have continuously fulfilled our duties of a junior alliance partner. The Central government is in favour of smaller states, and I am certain that our dreams will be fulfilled by Prime Minister Modi ji, under whose able leadership our nation is reclaiming its glorious past.
Gorkhaland is for everyone, Bengali, Bihari, Marwari, Adivasi, Kamtapuri all alike and not just the Gorkhas. Gorkhaland is for Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and everyone else. I assure our non-Gorkha friends you will have an equal stake in the new state. Equality and Justice for all will be the defining characteristic of Gorkhaland, which is sorely missing in Bengal. All of us have to be United and work diligently towards fulfilling our collective dream
In the past two days we have learned lot about possible roadmaps to Gorkhaland, and we will do our best to take full advantage of the suggestions provided by our esteemed experts.
Once again, I thank Shri. Nar Bahadur Bhandari, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Shri. Keshav Rao, Shri. Kashi Singh Airy, Shri.Tapi Gao, Shri. Ahbhijit Majumdar, Shri. Mahesh Chadha, Shri. O P Shah, Shri. Ashok Chaurasia, Shri. John Barla and Shri. S N Pradhan for reigniting the hopes of all the Gorkhas living across the length and breadth of India. I thank them all for providing us the wealth of their experience and for the solidarity extended to our cause.
via: Bimal Gurung Official