Showing posts with label Gorkha youths. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gorkha youths. Show all posts

Anirudh Thapa captain of the Indian National Football Team (Under-19)

8:45 AM
After Sunil Chettri, here's our own Anirudh Thapa, born on 15th January 1998 in Uttarakhand, has given us more reason to watch and follow football, the most followed sport by our community, ever closely. The captain of the Indian National Football Team (Under-19) Thapa came into the spotlight when India defeated hosts Nepal to win the U-16 SAFF Championship. Anirudh Thapa is a talented midfielder whose dribbling and passing skills are a treat for the eyes.

He did his schooling from St. Stephen's in Chandigarh. This is where he started playing football at the age of 10. The 18-year-old comes from Dehradun in Uttarakhand and is currently plying his trade at the AIFF Elite Academy based in Goa.
Anirudh Thapa captain of the Indian National Football Team (Under-19)
Anirudh Thapa
Thapa joined the AIFF academy in Kalyani in 2012. He was also integrated in the India U15 squad in the same year.

In 2013, Thapa won the SAFF U16 Championship. He also participated in the AFC U16 Championship where he scored once in four appearances.

The attacking midfielder went to Malaysia to compete in the Asia U16 Championship in 2014.

In 2015, Thapa was the youngest member selected to be part of the India U19 squad who were runners-up in SAFF U19 Championship. Thapa scored twice in four matches in the competition.

He won the U19 I-league in 2015-2016 season when he captained the AIFF Elite Academy. He played 14 games and notched up three goals.

Thapa's family backs him to the hilt.

Football is his love, he eventually sees his growth in the world's most followed sport. Aspiring to become one of the best, he continues to dream to play for the national team in the foreseeable future.

Reimagining encounters with Hari Prasad ‘Gorkha’ Rai - Mahendra P. Lama

5:09 PM


May 7, 2016- Though I always deeply enjoyed reading literary works of Hari Prasad ‘Gorkha’ Rai and heard so much about him from my revered father RP Lama and his friends at Su-Dha-Pa (Surya Bikram-Dharnidhar-Parasmani) hall of Nepali Sahitya Sammelan in Darjeeling, I had the opportunity to interact with ‘Gorkha’ Rai-jyu just twice—once in New Delhi and the next time in Gangtok. However, both these encounters remained a rare occasion for me. I was struck by his simplicity and his inclusive views on life outside the geographies of Nepali-speaking communities like Sikkim and Darjeeling. In the course of our interaction, my major question was: how did he find life among the Nagas in Nagaland and Ahoms in Assam, and how could he produce so many literary works in not only Nepali literature but also in Assamese and other languages? He was candid and forthright when he said that Gorkhas, by nature, are a very friendly and jovial community and could go along with any community, particularly in a democratic set up. He further narrated how the Nagas and Assamese intermingled with the Gorkhas and extended social and political support for their upliftment. There are moments of apprehensions and misunderstanding but are largely overshadowed by the larger issues of peaceful coexistence and Indianness and more critically social cohesiveness. This was typical of ‘Gorkha’ Rai-jyu, a man who carried a halo of intellectualism in his ever-glowing face. His views are not different than what one hears from other Nepali literary figures in the North East region of India. They all nurtured a feeling of ‘regional oneness’, amidst huge diversity in their approaches to their day-to-day lives.
 Hari Prasad ‘Gorkha’ Rai
 Hari Prasad ‘Gorkha’ Rai
‘Gorkha’ Rai-jyu stands among many distinguished writers of his generation, like Acchha Rai Rasik, Lain Singh Bandel, Siva Kumar Rai, Indra Sundas, Rup Narayan Sinha, and others. Oh! How I loved reciting his famous poem Kamp Uthyo in my college and university days. They always ended with loud chants of ‘once more’. ‘Once more’ not because of the style of recitation but the contents of the poem and high decibels of ‘encore’, not because of the enthralment this recitation generated but for the bourgeoning fascinations of the Gorkha youths towards their own literary traditions. Yes, he used attractively engaging common words and expressions. Many of our friends would actually cry and howl whenever there was an announcement of the arrival of Kamp Uthyo.  I myself used to get goose bumps before I stepped onto the stage and held the microphone.

Another poem I frequently recited in public was Bairagi Kainla’s Mateko Mancheko Bhashan:  Madhyarat Pachiko Sadaksita. We simply photocopied these poems in an old manual photocopy machine at a pretty high cost and distributed it. These recitations still echo in the lawns of the Fraser Hall of St Joseph’s College and North Bengal University in Darjeeling and the Mavalankar Hall of New Delhi. That was the late 1970s and 1980s when Indian Gorkhas across the country were struggling and collectively fighting for the recognition of the Nepali language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India; the decades when the Indian identity of the Indian Gorkhas were brought to the political table and negotiated in the name of a separate state of ‘Gorkhaland’ comprising of Darjeeling and adjoining Dooars region of West Bengal.  This was the time, when in the name of ‘foreigners’, a large number of Indian Gorkhas were inhumanly displaced and ousted in several North East States in the name of ‘cleansing their lands’. This was the time when the Indian nation state failed to protect their own hapless but true citizens amidst the parochial cacophony of ‘foreigners go back’.  History will never forget these atrocities and discriminations against the Indian Gorkhas who valiantly fought and immensely contributed in India’s freedom struggle and in the building of modern India. Who will deconstruct the present history and reconstruct the more inclusive history is a question the Indian Gorkhas have been asking. We lost the game as majority of our political leadership who could take up these issues are literally uneducated, both in terms of acquired degrees and knowledge. This is a tragedy among the Indian Gorkhas.

What I like in Kamp Uthyo (literally meaning uprooting of a camp from his anthology of poems Babari published in 1974) is its depiction of a soldier’s life and its uncertainty; more critically the story of separation that underlines the entire narrative, the beautiful elucidation of a soldier’s dilemma who has made friends around the camps with humans, flowers and nature’s ecology.  The soldier has reached Shillong from Darjeeling, and settles down in the military camp. The depiction of Gorkha soldier’s attachment with his roots in Darjeeling and his unparalleled ability to adapt to a new geography and society makes the reading both absorbing and powerfully touching.

Like in the past, the inimitable soldier has to leave Shillong now as they have to camp in some other frontier. By now, he has friends around with their names typical of a hill society, developed some mutual infatuation with a local girl named Sita and strong attachments with the societal practices, community living styles in Shillong. He realises and accepts that there lies uncertainty in his new destination but like a true soldier he is ready to bravely face death. A sense of sacrifice and unenviable attachment to their motherland prevails in him, something with which Gorkhas are born with. He imagines that flowers will bloom in his cemetery and passersby could assume it to be a magnificent garden. This is the way he personifies the life of a soldier who devours his physical being at the frontiers of battlefield—a superb personification where one is born to die but meaningfully like a Gorkha soldier.

Good bye Shanti! Good bye Bire! 
Good bye my friend Dhane! 

Good bye Manu! What do I say to you 
Never will come that day 

Good bye Hari 
Good bye to all of you! 
The symbols of quietness—my dear Sita 
You are like a Goddess 
Shall always wrap and unfold you into my own story 
My rude sister Maily 
Shall meet you during my dejected moments. 

do say my goodbye to that sister 
who accompanied me to Suna-Kurung falls 
Please count these goodies to the one 
who quietly peeped me from her window panes 

Oh now the bugle is sounding 
I have to go for a ‘fall in’ 
Where a Gorkha has not reached? 
everywhere whether ‘fall in’ or in no ‘fall in’ 

Against the grumping sound of boots 
Six tonner vehicle moved with noise 
We are moving to the next camp 
It’s just a recollection once again 
So many Mannus were killed in Marmma 
Many Danus were left behind in Burma 
Camp is uprooted once again 
I am on a move as a soldier 
Donot know what awaits us 
there in the unknowns, 
May be I will remain dead flat 
in the battlefield not seen now 
And there will blossom bouquet of flowers 
On the cemetery I will remain in 
Some stranger walking past could think it to be a garden 
My bare bones and other remains 
would then quietly narrate my story 
Chanting the gregarious call of Aayo Gorkhali 
(here arrive the Brave Gorkhas) 
I shall reach far beyond 
Good bye forever ! Good bye and again good bye 
My dear Sita 
Forever be near me and nearer me.

His short stories are absorbing and gives us fresh waves of joys and shocks of acute pain and of course, penetrating anguish. He is a deadly connoisseur at creating something that is beautiful. His short story Banani Banki Sundari (beauty from Banani forest, published in Bharati, Kalimpong, 1973) and reviewed in the prestigious Masterpieces of Indian Literature  (National Book Trust, New Delhi, 1997) by this author refreshed memories about the rebellion in Mizoram. In this complex and chilling story, Lainsemi lived with her mother in Mizoram hills and had developed intense love for Captain Raj who was posted there to supervise the operations against the rebels. These rebels once forcedly took away Lainsemi from her home, took her to their camp and invaded her morals from her soul and sent her back bereft of physical value. On her way back, she meets her Captain-lover who was returning from Darjeeling from a short leave. And then she narrates to him all that happened.

‘Gorkha’ Rai-jyu will ever be remembered for many generation to come. Saraswati, one of his three daughters, took the cudgels of bringing together his memories and contributions in a volume. What is of critical importance for his family and friends is to recollect and re-document what he left for posterity as oral history and unpublished manuscripts. Somewhere in the preface of one of his books he wrote:

“I must confess that I have this habit of writing poems and singing them as songs whenever I get the right moment, theme and actors. ... I never took care of these papers which were drafted and corrected from all sides. Many a times I just tore them into several unrecognisable pieces and forgot them for all the time to come.”

Saraswati could revisit his papers and bring them to public purview as societal intellectual property. This phenomenon is universal among the Gorkhas all over. The ‘oral history’ programme, the ‘winter sojourn’ project and the ‘book discussion’ event and of course ‘Ethnicity and Biodiversity Museum’ which we initiated in the very first five years (2007-2012) of building Sikkim University, a national university, in Gangtok have been exactly aimed at realising these objectives.

We started documenting our rich but unrecorded intellectual heritage through ‘oral history’ (Maukhik Itihas) programme. Our teachers and students visited villages and rugged terrains looking for the custodians of this knowledge and interviewed them, recorded them and transformed them into documents and unusual sets of knowledge base and intellectual capital. In the past we steadily lost so much in terms of knowledge and wisdom when our parents and grandparents faded into oblivion. No one documented them and we lost the game. Whereas same traditional knowledge base was capitalised by the Chinese, Japanese and companies like Coca Cola to generate huge development resources and extend and ensure human security. Therefore, in order to connect the oral history programme with the societies and communities in and around Sikkim we simply said:

Baje Mare Boju Mareen, 
Duiwata  pustakalaya  lierai  gae 
Aba yesto  huna dinnau hai

Thereby meaning:

Grandfather passed away, 
Grandmother crossed the horizon, 
Along, took away two beautiful libraries, 
We shall not let it happen again

The ‘winter sojourn’ (Hiundo Yatra) project aimed at connecting the University and higher education with the communities. The students and teachers will go to a destination in Sikkim and around to study themes like water, brooms, cardamom, trafficking of women, cultural heritage, health, pastime games, forest, local women vendors, etc, from an inter-disciplinary perspective. This helped our students and teachers to understand and assimilate the issues within the locales of their university and also connecting the village folks and city dwellers with the higher education. This generated adequate researchable local and regional issues from within our geography, natural resources and communities so that we steadily move to ‘globalisation of locals’ (knowledge, culture, traditional medicinal systems, adaptation story of climate change, food, literary heritage, and also disaster management techniques etc) and not what is dominantly happening now the ‘localisation of globals’ (Jeans, Samsung, Apple, Pizza, Hamburger, KFC, Honda and Toyota). ‘Book discussion’ (Pustak Chalphal) event was designed to imbibe reading habits among the younger generation and take them nearer to their roots where language, literature, culture, music, sports and young talents profusely flourished in the past.

And finally in the initiation and building of Ethnicity and Biodiversity Museum the aim was not only to realign the locals, national and global citizens with the extravagant and prolific cultural heritage and biodiversity of this region but also make museum as a bastion of research and sustainable development discourses.  This is perhaps the first such museum in the entire Eastern Himalayas which was designed by our own teachers and students and management staff with the help of National Museum, National Archives of India and British Council. Rather a proud moment for the hill folks around. There was public fund guzzler-political ‘leaders’ who do not value institutions as they live in the ideology of individualism and destruction of what nature have endowed. Sikkim University initiated all these programmes and built all these institutions blatantly ignoring and sometimes durably exposing this political class with myopic vision and chicken-like thinking. These are the ways forward for all of us who value culture, literature, heritage and renegotiating our children and communities to their glorious past. ‘Gorkha’ Rai-jyu’s writings and speeches very much allude to all these.

Lama is a professor of South Asian Economies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Also served as the Founding Vice Chancellor, Central University of Sikkim. Considered as the architect of the reopening of Nathu la trade route between Sikkim in India and Tibet Autonomous Region in China after 44 years in 2006, he is a member of Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations from India

Via ekantipur

Youths arrested for Gyanuday school break-in, theft in Darjeeling

9:38 AM
Darjeeling, 20 Mar 2016 The Sadar thana police yesterday arrested two youths on charges of theft by breaking into a school. One of them has been identified as Sanjay Chhetri (19), while the other is a juvenile and his identity has not been disclosed.

The police said Chhetri is a resident of Dhara Gaon near Dali, and he and the other suspect have just appeared for their Std X examination. They said the authorities of Gyanuday School near the Ava Art Gallery area of town lodged a complaint with the police station stating that some unidentified persons had broken into the school office and made off with valuable items.

“According to the complaint lodged by the school authorities, some unidentified people broke into the school office on the night of March 17 and stole school property. We acted on the complaint and zeroed in on some locals, who gave us some leads. Accordingly, we arrested the two youths,” said Darjeeling SP Amit Javalgi.

He said it was the juvenile who revealed Chhetri’s name. “We acted on information from our sources and picked up the juvenile first. He said it was Chhetri who had all the loot including stolen cash,” Javalgi said.

The suspects broke into the school and took off with Rs1.50 lakh in cash, a laptop, two mobile phones, two external hard disks and a camera. “We have recovered Rs1,39,500 as the two had bought two mobile phones with the remaining cash. The other items that were stolen have been seized,” said the SP. He said the two do not have a history of crime, but the police are ascertaining whether there were insiders involved in the break-in.

“The two do not have any criminal antecedents and could have committed the theft to make quick bucks. We have started and investigation and are re-constructing the crime scenario. It is too early to say if insiders were involved, but we have kept this option open,” Javalgi said. The chief judicial magistrate court has sent Chhetri to 14 days judicial custody, while the juvenile has been packed off to the correctional home in Jalpaiguri.

In a separate incident, the Sadar police arrested a youth named Bikki Thattal with 20 grams of heroin this afternoon from Mall road near the Mahakal Mandir area. Thattal is suspected to be a drug peddler and he will be produced before a special court on Monday, said police sources.

Via: EOIC, pic: Himalaya Darpan

Rewati Chetri represents India in 27th World Miss University

6:20 PM
Writes Sanjog Chamling

Rewati Chettri / Chetri , Femina Miss India 2015 Miss Popular & Miss Multimedia, Gorkha girl from Assam's 'Ant Hill' Haflong is representing India in the 27th World Miss University which is held in Beijing, China in 2016.

World Miss University is an international beauty contest held annually in Seoul, South Korea since 1986, with an average of about 70 contestants every year.The event is to select World Miss University Peace Corp Representatives.

As an event was organized by the International Association of University Presidents after the United Nations named 1986 the Year of Peace, the organizing committee dispatches peace missions to regions in conflict like Kosovo and Rwanda. These days, the event is organized by World Miss University Organizing Committee which has headquarter in Manhattan, New York, USA.

The current titleholder is Michelle Lucas of the Philippines who was crowned on December 19, 2015.
Rewati Chetri represents India in 27th World Miss University
Danced for Pinga song from Bajirao Mastani for Talent round in 27th World Miss University
Rewati has already made the Indian Gorkhas proud several occasions in the past and we hope she'll make us proud this time around too. However, one cannot deny the fact that by representing nation in the event such as World Miss University she has already made the community, rather the whole of North East proud of her.

What can you do?
Vote for Rewati to win Miss Popular at World Miss University 2016. Follow the below link.

Gorkha Achievers, Gorkha Pride: Hail! Women Power!!

3:11 PM
Writes Dinesh Sharma

As the year comes to an end, we try and look back at some of our Gorkha women achievers and inspirations who have made the community proud in their respective fields. History tells us that women are the unspoken heroes and architect of any progressive and advanced society. Here is a Gorkhey salute to all the women who have made us proud and have taken lead in bringing about social change in our community.

Gorkha Pride

Gorkha Achievers

Women Power!!

Via ; gyasa

Kalimpong lad gets scholarship 2015-2018 to pursue his PhD in China

5:48 PM
Mr Anmol Mukhia from Kalimpong has landed the prestigious Ministry of Human Research Development (MHRD), Chinese Government Scholarship 2015-2018 to pursue his PhD in China. This scholarship is fully funded by the combined Government of India and Government of China. The MHRD provides the rare opportunity where he is the only one to be selected for PhD in International Relations from all over the India for the year 2015.
Anmol Mukhia with H. E. Ambassador Tien of Republic of China to India
Anmol Mukhia with H. E. Ambassador Tien of Republic of China to India
Anmol comes from Kalimpong and he completed his schooling from Kumudini Homes. Following which, he did his undergraduate degree in Political Science at St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling. He then joined Sikkim University for his Master’s degree in the fields of International Relations/Politics, and completed MPhil research from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

He has won numerous research grants, and has presented papers and showcased his research internationally, including at the prestigious Harvard University.

He says, “I lost my father when I was at college and I thought of leaving my college purely because of financial reason. This also became my inspiration to earn pocket money with my hobby such as paintings and sketches. I also believe in God which gave me the purpose to live when there seems nothing.”

Coming from a middle-class family from our hills, to excelling in the world of academic, Anmol has proven that – we the Gorkhalis can achieve the highest degrees of perfection, if only we put our heart to it.

When asked for how to excel in life Anmol Mukhia has a simple philosophy, “Work hard and study hard... make books your best friend which will always guide you in your life… परिश्रम नै सबै भन्दा ठुलो कुरो रैछ...”

Hopefully his hard work and excellence is something which will inspire thousands of our youth to follow on your footsteps and excel in their respective fields of choice. As you head out to China, you will not only be representing India, but you will also represent the changing façade of our Gorkhali society… you will also represent the resurgent Gorkhali youths of India, who are re-writing the way world perceives our community.

Source - TheDC

Who Cares-led rally for growing incidence of crime in the hills

9:18 AM
Kalimpong: Students and youths today took to the streets in huge numbers to protest against the growing incidence of crime in the hills. During the course of 11 days in the past month, cases of sexual assault on minors have come to light from Teesta and Rangpo.

Who Cares-led rally that started from Damber Chowk
Who Cares-led rally that started from Damber Chowk

Strongly condemning such incidents and other heinous crimes, local youth organisation Who Cares staged a rally acros town. Members of the organisation demanded immediate stoppage to such shameful and inhuman acts and took out a formidable rally.

Rally participant Smita Rai rightly pointed out, “Today’s society has even forgotten the innoncence of minors and this insanity must be condemned in the strongest of words and action.”

The Who Cares-led rally that started from Damber Chowk was joined enthusiastically by people from various walks of life and they included teachers, representatives of many organisations and ordinary people. Participants were seen holding placards condemning heinous acts such as rape of minors.

Another student named Sushmita Gurung said inhumane acts of crime such as rape must be put to an end in our society and every responsible individual must come forward to assist the victims in every possible manner. Such incidents should never recur and the accused must be handed out the harshest of punishments, added another student.

After making a round of the town area, the rally converged outside the SDO office and staged a demonstration. Who Cares founder Aaron Yonzon said the day’s rally was taken out not just to speak out against sexual assault incidents.

He said, “To ensure such incidents are not repeated, we need to unite and see to it no one dares to commit such a dastardly act again.”

Yonzon also expressed deep concern over the growing incidence of violence and anti-social behaviour. It is the social responsibility of every concerned citizen to join hands in order to put a stop to such inhumane incidents. He expressed deep faith in the law, but said people such as rapists should be dealt with an iron hand.

Demanding swift justice for the victims, Who Cares initiated a signature campaign and submitted a memorandum to the SDO.

Source: EOI

Gorkha Mizo unity

12:06 AM
AIZAWL, December 29:  "Gorkhas in Mizoram are never perceived as other community by the Mizos; they had also participated during the Mizo National Front (MNF) movement too", said Lal Thanzara, Health, ICT and Minor Irrigation minister.

Call for Gorkha Mizo unity
Call for Gorkha Mizo unity
He said this when he graced and addressed the programme of the 37th Mizoram Gorkha Youth Association General Conference held at Oasis Hall, AMC Building, Thuampui.

Lal Thanzara said that Gorkhalis are among the first settlers of Aizawl, adding, Mizos and Gorkhalis have been living together in good harmony and with good brotherhood.

He urged the gathering Gorkha youths to uphold this brotherhood and the attitude of favoring one another. The Minister continued saying that so far as his knowledge is concerned, Mizoram Gorkhalis are never looked as other community by the Mizos. In the same way, the Gorkhali also do not regard themselves as other community. They also had participated in the MNF Movement, the Minister added.

“As being minority, Mizoram Gorkhalis are well attended upon as a minority by the government and will continue to do so,” Minister Lalthanzara said on the occasion."Without disturbing the integration of Mizoram, we can uphold each of our cultural values” the Minister added. Lal Thanzara expressed his wish for Mizoram Gorkhalis to feel at home in Mizoram with indigenous mindset, adding, "Provided we live in harmony, Mizoram can see further progress in various fields,” he said.

The Health minister stated that the Gorkhalis are brave, faithful, trustworthy, and hard working, “Traits are to be upheld further in future,” he advised the gathering. Mizoram Gorkha Youth Association, established on August 18, 1976. It presently has 15 Branches and 1 Sub-Headquarter, with a total of more than 3000 members, all over Mizoram.  On the occasion of the General Conference, a business session was also held in the afternoon programme.

Source : morungexpress

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