The biggest gains of all from the Mahotsav was to showcase the enormous untapped talent of young Gorkhas who were singers, musicians, poets, historians and commentators. After the Dwi Shatabdi Mahotsav, the Government of Uttarakhand set up the Gorkha Kalyan Parishad for the Gorkhas and appointed Lt. Gen Shakti Gurung, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, as its Chairman with a Cabinet rank. It was the first acknowlegment by the government of the aspirations of the community which had for long felt marginalised in every way.
The dual success of the Mahotsav and the setting up of the Gorkha Kalyan Parishad gave rise to the felt need to take forward the gains of the Mahotsav and resurgence of pride of being a Gorkha through a radio programme. The aim was to continue to inform, educate and entertain the community to know their culture, history, folklore and songs. Elsewhere across India and the world a more dominant culture was slowly overpowering Gorkha culture and language, and it was felt that through a radio station the young as well as the community at large could connect with their culture, ways and history.
While having a community radio is a long term goal for which the community intends to raise money over a period of time, The Gorkha Kalyan Parishad has already set up a recording studio and tied up with Radio Khushi, a community radio, to broadcast our programmes. Radio Khushi broadcasts from Mussoorie and has a wide reach, covering the whole of Dehradun, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Haridwar, parts of Saharanpur, Rorkee, Ponta Sahib, Narendernagar, parts of Tehri, Pauri and Bijnor.
Our Nepali radio Programme is called “Gham Chhaya” which means “Sun and Shade.” Already the promos are running every hour on Radio Khushi. The initial tie up is to broadcast an hour long programme two days of week – Sunday from 6-7 PM and Wednesday 9-10 AM. Both these are prime time slots. The first programme gets aired on Sunday, 3rd April, 2016. Over a period of time we intend taking up more airtime so as to broadcast more days in a week.