Showing posts with label Gorkhas in Manipur. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gorkhas in Manipur. Show all posts

Gorkha martyred in Manipur terrorist ambush

9:06 AM
Manipur May 22 : Gorkha community deeply condole the sad demise of Mahesh Gurung and 5 other personnel. Mahesh Gurung of 29 Assam Rifles from Dehradun was martyred during a terrorist ambush reportedly by CorCom (Coordination Committee) militants at Hangshi, around 15 km from its battalion headquarters at Joupi village, in Chandel district of Manipur. The ambush took place between Hengshi and Tuiyang villages around 12.30 pm when the JCO and other jawans were returning after inspecting a landslide scene in the locality. Saheed Gurung had joined the duty only past month after spending his holiday at home. Saheed Gurung leaves behind his wife Seema Gurung, a 11 year old son, and a one day old baby daughter.

Mahesh Gurung of 29 Assam Rifles from Dehradun
Six personnel including an officer of the Assam Rifles have been killed in an encounter with terrorists in Manipur's Chandel district. The men belonged to a Quick Reaction Team.

Sources in the government said that an umbrella group of terrorist organisations planned and executed the attack. Four AK rifles, one INSAS Rifle and one LMG rifle have been taken away by the militants. CorCom, which is responsible for many bombings, is an umbrella group in Manipur comprising the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), Progressive faction (PREPAK-Pro), Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF – the political wing of the People’s Liberation Army – PLA), United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and United Peoples Party of Kangleipak (UPPK).

Home Minister Rajnath Singh - who reviewed the situation with top security officials -- directed the forces to take the "strongest possible action" against the terrorists involved.

Reinforcements have been sent to the area and a massive combing operation is underway.

Last year, 18 army personnel were killed in the same district in an ambush by a group of Naga militants.

Open Letter to Pawan Chamling Manipur for his statement about Indian Gorkhas

8:10 AM
Writes Prateet Pradhan

Open Letter to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling by Prateet Pradhan on behalf of the Gorkhas in Manipur for his statement about Indian Gorkhas.

Sir Chamling, you are an lone Gorkha CM in India and for that everyone used to be proud of you. Its democracy and you kept your words. But please let me keep my words too. Indian Gorkhas as told by you are all former soldier of Indian Army who later settled here. But i think its not the fact. Their are various Gorkhas dominated regions in India  which came to the Union of india through various historical events(From the than Nepalese Kingdom like Parts of Uttrakhand and also Sikkim through the Treaty Of Sagauli 1816). I am from Manipur and i called myself Manipuri and Gorkhali at a same time. Also, in my whole life i have not come across the term "So Called Gorkhas".  

We may not be majority in our States but one thing is clear and that even our vote matters a lot. We are also good enough to elect our own representative. Their are various Constituencies in India (like Assembly Constituencies of Digboi, Margheritha, Sadiya, Tezpur etc in Assam, Kangpokpi and Sekmei AC of Manipur to mention a few apart from those within GTA) where the votes of Gorkhas matters a lot to decide the faith of an Representative. Even the recent election results of West Bengal and Assam gave us an example by electing 5 Gorkha MLAs. Still we are being called as minorities and the unity we sought are explained as an outcome of our Minority Status.

Gorkha youth selected for Indian National football team

9:55 PM
Manipur: A proud moment for Manipuri Gorkhas. Ajay Chettri S/O Ganesh Pandey of Kanglatongbi, Hatikhuwa in Manipur has been selected for Indian National football team. He will now represent INDIA under-19 team.

His former clubs and academies- 

  • Gorkha Jyoti Youth Club
  • Kqnglatongbi Gorkha Youth Association
  • Mohun Bagan Seal Acdemy-West Bengal
  • Royal Wahingdo ahengdo Shillong

Gorkha youth selected for Indian National football team
Gorkha youth, Ajay Chettri, selected for Indian National football team
Ajay was selected by All India Football Federation to represent Indian National U-19 football team. Earlier This month he was called for trail by AIFF after he showcased exceptional football skill representing Royal Wahingdo U-18 in recently concluded I-League matches. After the trial now he made it to National Under-19 team. What an inspiration for young footballers..

Lets congrats his achievement and wish him good luck, guys. Jai Gorkha.!!!

Via Prakash Chettri for Kanglatongbi Gorkha Youth Forum

Gorkha community in Manipur celebrates the Nav Barsha (New Year)

Kangpokpi, April 01 2016 : The state level Nav Barsha 2073 (the Hindu New Year) was celebrated in styled at Shantipur, Kanglatongbi on Wednesday, April 13 .

Sekmai AC MLA Kh Debendro Singh graced the event jointly organized by Nepali Sanskriti Suraksha Parishad (NSSP) and Shree Shree Durga Mandir Shantipur, Kanglatongbi at Shantipur Kanglatongbi Mandir premises as the chief guest.

Bhumi Prasad Basnet, Executive Member, ADC Sadar Hills; Shiva Kumar Basnet, Pradhan, Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat; Bishnu Bhandari, Unit President, NSSP, Arunachal Pradesh; Narayan Sharma, Patron Member, NSSP CC New Delhi; Khema Mishra, HoD, Dept of Nepali, Darang College, Assam Atwal, SO, PWD, Govt. of Manipur attended as guest of honour while Mani Kr Limbu, president, NSSP Manipur attended as functional president.

According to Vikram Samvat a traditional calendar system which follows Luni-Solar system- 2016 Nav Barsha is Vikram Samvar 2073 year while the State level event organized at Shantipur, Kanglatongbi also marked the first day of Baisakh.
Around 4000 people from across the State and delegates from Kathmandu, Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh attended the New Year celebration at Shantipur, Kanglatongbi.

Gorkha civil bodies including Gorkha Welfare Union Manipur; All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union; Sadar Hills Gorkha Union; Manipureli Kirat Sangh; Nepali Sahitya Parishad Manipur; Bishwa-Karma Youth Association; Kanglatongbi Gorkha Youth Association; Bharatya Gorkha Parishang Manipur Unit and various clubs and women societies from different parts of the State also attended the revelry.

The Gorkha community in the State celebrates the Nav Barsha by dutifully performing the customs and traditions.

MLA Kh Debendro witnessed the Gorkha antique items put on display during the introductory function of the New Year celebration and hoisted the Nav Barsha flag after planting a tree as a mark of the beginning of New Year.

A minute condolence was also observed to pay tribute to the departed Gorkha leaders while aged persons from the community were also presented gifts to mark the occasion apart from presentation to the dignitaries.

Speaking at the occasion, the local MLA said that culture is an important right which every community need to preserve while adding that without culture development of a society is not possible.

The MLA appreciated the Gorkha community for maintaining and preserving their culture and tradition while keeping in mind the value and significance of it.

Urging the Gorkha community to maintain their culture and tradition without modification, the MLA stated that many culture and tradition has been declining due to modification.

While lauding the Pradhan of Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat for his tireless effort in developing the Gram Panchayat of Kanglatongbi, the MLA said that during the Digital India Week celebration last year Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat bagged the third position.

The MLA also assured that he will always keep open a big door for the Gorkha community of the State in time of their need and development.

While motivating the Gorkha community to tirelessly work for the development of Manipur, Shiva Kumar Basnet, Pradhan, Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat said that all are born here and brought up on the soil of Manipur and all will die here too.

"So, it is our duty to wholeheartedly work for the development of the State," he added.

According to the organizing committee, literary meet was also organized during the two days event with resource persons from various States including Matrika Pokhrel, Bibas Pokhrel, LB Chhetry and Krishna Parsain from Kathmandu in attendance.

Source: The Sangai Express

Senapati Gorkha Samaj condemns brutal rape and murder of Pampha Rai

10:28 AM
Senapati, Apr 6 : The Senapati Gorkha Samaj, Senapati has also strongly condemned against the brutal rape and murder of Pampha Rai, reports our correspondent.

In a statement, Senapati Gorkha Samaj also conveyed solidarity to the victim’s family members.
Appealing to the authority concerned to deliver justice to the victim and her family, the statement also urged all the organizations in and around Senapati district to extend assistance by demanding befitting punishment to the accused.

Pampha Rai Murder accused banished from locality, JAC announces bandh on NH 39

9:08 AM
IMPHAL/KPI, Apr 4: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) against the brutal killing of Pampha Rai, 2nd MR, Imphal West has announced a bandh on NH-39 from 6 pm of April 5 till 6 pm of April 6 demanding punishment of the murder accused.

In a statement, the JAC said demanded the Govt to try the case in a fast track manner. It also demanded the Govt to take fitting action against the parents of the accused who misled the victim’s family.

The JAC sought the cooperation of all concerned in its fight for justice.

Meanwhile the murder of the woman continues to attract condemnations from all over.
Murder accused banished : A public meeting held today at Langjing Achouba has decided to banish Pampha Rai murder accused Palujam Jameson and his family from the locality.

The public meeting was jointly organised by the Langjing Achouba Development Committee, Langjing Achouba Women Welfare Association and the Western Star Club.
Pampha Rai Murder accused banished from locality, JAC announces bandh on NH 39
Pampha Rai Murder accused banished from locality, JAC announces bandh on NH 39
Similar punitive action would be initiated against people who are found giving shelter to Jameson and his family, reads another resolution of the meeting.

The meeting further resolved to support any course of action that may be taken up by the JAC constituted in connection with the murder of Pampha Rai.

Notably, Pampha Rai was found dead inside a room of Venus Hotel, Lamaka, Churachandpur in the morning of April 2.

Later, a mob attempted to dismantle the house of Jameson but police prevented them from vandalising the house.

On the other hand, the Executive Member of ADC Sadar Hills, Bhumi Prasad and newly formed Sadar Hills Gorkha today lodged their strong resentment over the murder of Pampha Rai and condemned the incident in the strongest term.

The ADC Sadar Hills Executive Member, who belongs to Gorkha community and represents the Gorkha people from Irang Part-II in Sadar Hills administration, condemned the murder of Pampha Rai in a hotel at Churachandpur on April 2.

The Executive Member also extended condolence to the bereaved family members and relatives in their time of sorrow and pain.

He also appealed the authority concerned to deliver justice to the victim and her family.

Meanwhile, Sadar Hills Gorkha Union also separately condemned the murder of Pampha Rai.
Hari Prasad Nepal, president, Sadar Hills Gorkha Union said that the heinous crime is unacceptable while conveying the union’s heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

The Sadar Hills Gorkha Union leader also urged the authority concerned to frame charge sheets against the culprit at the earliest and deliver justice to the victim and her family.

The union also warned that it will not remain a mute spectator if the demands of JAC formed against the murder of Pampha Rai are not delivered in time and added that it will endorse and support any movement of the JAC in connection with the incident.

Via thesangaiexpress

AMGSU condemns rape and murder of Pampha Rai in Manipur

2:01 PM
Churachandpur, Manipur, April 03 2016: All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union (AMGSU) today expressed strong condemnation over the rape and murder of Pampha Rai whose body was recovered yesterday at Hotel Venus at Churachandpur.

Pampha Rai (30), d/o Bir Bahadur of 2nd MR, who originally hail from Kanglatongbi and Jamson Singh (27), s/o Tikendrajit Singh of Langjing Achouba Leikai had checked in at Room No 204 of Venus Hotel in Churachandpur on Saturday at around 10 am, LB Adhikari, general secretary, AMGSU, related.

He alleged that Jamson had sneaked out of the hotel room at around 4.30 pm after he allegedly raped and hung the lifeless body of Pampha Rai inside the bathroom.

The hotel owner came to know of the crime only when police personnel rushed and recovered the lifeless body of Pampha Rai inside the bathroom.

AMGSU has appealed the authorities concerned to frame charge sheets against Jamson who had surrendered himself at Bishnupur Police station and confessed his crime.
Demonstration in front of 2nd M.R Gate. Roads were close for some time in protest against
the killing from around 2 p.m on Sunday.
The student body further said that it will fully support and work together with the JAC formed against the rape and murder of Pampha Rai.

Meanwhile, the All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union has also expressed their strong resentment against the CO of 2nd MR for allegedly trying to prevent media persons from meeting the victim's family.

The students' body has appealed the public to support the JAC in delivering justice for the victim.

The following message was sent to us by our reader Prateet Pradhan

"As the Report of Murder of our Sister Pampha Rai of 2nd M.R family line came, AMGSU came into the contact of the family of the victims since early morning of Sunday, 3rd April. AMGSU helped to the family of the victims in all the possible ways like gathering public and leaders of other organisation, meeting advocates for legal advise, meeting Police personnels and conduct of the post mortem under video coverage. The union also supported the JAC form against the brutal killing of Pampha Rai and also the Vice President of the JAC has been appointed from the Union. The union shall also support JAC in further action." - Prateet Pradhan

The images are of demonstration in front of 2nd M.R Gate. Roads were close for some time in protest against the killing from around 2 p.m on Sunday.

Source: The Sangai Express


8:26 AM
Writes: Dinesh Sharma

Sahitya Akademi, Delhi and Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Manipur jointly hosted a one-day literary meet "Swatantratottar Bharatiya Nepali Kathako Pravriti" with a panel discussion on post-Independence Indian Nepali Literature, on 27th March, 2016. The program was held at Charhajare, a tiny Gorkha village in Senapati District bordering the hill district and the valleys of Manipur.

Shri Devendra Kumar Devesh, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Sahitya Academy Delhi and Shri Prem Pradhan, Nepali Language Advisory board (Sahitya Akademi) attended the program as Guests of Honor. Shri Lok Bahadur Basnet, President-Nepali Sahitya Parishad, and Smt. Durga Devi, retired Professor D.M College, Manipur also attended the program.

Other dignitaries present during the occassion were P.V Shelman from North-East Centre for Oral and Tribal Literature (NECOL), Manipur University and Shri Biswajit Roy from Kolkata, Shri Arjun Pradhan from Darjeeling, Sukraj Diyali from Silliguri, and Gopichandra Pradhan from Darjeeling.
The discussion of the one-day program centered around the changing trends in post-independence Indian Nepali literature. Ms. Pushpa Sharma, Lecturer Presidency College, Manipur presented a paper on "Swatantratottar Bharatiya Nepali kathako prabriti", a discussion on the changing trends in Indian Nepali short story.

Dr Tankanath Khatiwada, Lecturer Presidency College presented a paper on "Swatantratottar Bharatiya Nepali Sahitya maa Yuddhha", a discussion on post-independence Nepali war literature.

Shri Milan Bantawa from Darjeeling presented his paper on 'Swatantratottar Bharatiya Nepali Katha ani Uttar Adhunikta', a discussion on post-modern elements in Indian Nepali Literature.
The literary program was organized by Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Manipur and was supported by students, organizations and individuals from various Gorkha organizations across the state.

Calling the event a huge success, Kritimani Khatiwada, General Secretary stated that “this is perhaps the first time that a program of this scale was directly organized in collaboration with Sahitya Akademi, Delhi. The contribution of Manipur Gorkha scholars to Indian Nepali literature is immense and this is a fruitful recognition of the same.” While thanking all organizations and individuals and organizations for the success of the program, Khatiwada hopes that Manipur Gorkha community continues to witness more such programs in coming days and generate more interest amongst the youths and students towards the language.

POSTSCRIPT: In written records, the first Indian Nepali literature came out of Manipur as “Manipurko Ladaiko Sabai” in 1893 by Tulachand Aale . Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Manipur plans to hold an elaborate celebration of the literary milestone with its 125 years’ celebration in 2018. The proposal has been forwarded to Sahitya Akademi and the Parishad humbly request the support and wishes of everyone for this landmark celebration.

[Pictures courtesy: Rahul Rai]

AMGSU condemn the attack on Gorkhas in Manipur

8:02 AM

Imphal: The All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union (AMGSU) has strongly condemned the arrogant and high- handedness attitude of 4 four persons of Naga Tapon Village of IT Road Irang Part II Senapati for disrupting the observation of Saraswati Pooja and Quiz Competition  on February 13 at Irang Part II Govt High School, Panikheti where girl students and teaching staff were assulted.

According to a release, the offenders also brutally thrashed the innocent Panikheti village authority member Nar Bahadur Adhikari and his wife Kamala Adhikari. They have been admitted in Mission Hospital, Kangpokpi in serious conditions.

While condemning the inhuman act, AMGSU appeal all the students’ body to look into the matter as this is really a matter of concern for the students’ body and further urged the authority concerned to provide befitting punishment to those involved in the crime at the earliest.

Via thepeopleschronicle

4th Gorkha Sports Meet – Football began in Imphal Manipur.

9:51 PM
Imphal, Jan 24 : The 4th Gorkha Sports Meet – Football, organised by the Gorkha Youth Association, Kanglatongbi began today at Government Hindi High School Ground, Kanglatongbi in Imphal Manipur.

The opening function was graced by IFCD Minister Ngamthang Haokip, Sekmai AC MLA Kh Debendra, Sugnu AC MLA K Ranjit, Kanglatongbi GP Pradhan Shivakumar Basnet as chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.

In today’s opening match, Kanglatongbi Gorkha Youth Association (KGYA) registered a comfortable 2-0 victory against Mantripukhri Gorkha Youth Association (MGYA).
4th Gorkha Sports Meet – Football began in  in Imphal Manipur.
Representational image
The winning goals of KGYA were scored by Roshan and Manoj. Altogether 16 football teams are participating in the tournament.

Via thesangaiexpress

MC Mary Kom promised free training for aspiring boxers from Darjeeling

10:45 AM
Writes: Amitava Banerjee

Ace boxer Mary Kom said on Monday she will retire after the 2016 Rio Olympics but will continue to coach budding boxers and devote time to her boxing academy.

“After Rio I will retire. I will look after my own academy,” Kom, the five-time amateur world boxing champion, told reporters at Darjeeling’s Nepali Girl’s Higher Secondary School.

“Since many years I have proved myself in the ring. Till now I have to continue proving myself in the ring,” added Kom, speaking on the sidelines of the annual sports as part of the 125-year celebrations of the school.

The Olympic bronze medallist, who has leveled charges of regional bias against judges and referees alleging she had to face discrimination because she belonged to the northeast last week, is positive about Rio.
MC Mary Kom promised free training for aspiring boxers from Darjeeling
MC Mary Kom promised all aspiring boxers from Darjeeling
 free training in Manipur.
“I am trying my best to qualify. I am getting all help from the government,” said Kom.

The ace boxer said a lot of changes have come about in the boxing arena since she won the medals at the Asian Games and Olympics and a movie based on her life was released. She said many youngsters who were inspired by her achievements want to take up boxing now.

Kom extended an open invitation to all the budding boxers of the Darjeeling Hills promising absolutely free training.

“If anyone from Darjeeling is truly interested in boxing, come to Manipur I will extend all support. I will provide everything free. I hope the youngsters of Darjeeling take up sports, not only boxing, as a career,” she said.

In her address as the chief guest, the 32-year-old boxer said she is proud to be a girl, a woman and a mother.

“However, being a girl one has to face many challenges but you have to fight and prove yourself. When you prove yourself people will support you. I have done it, you all can do it too.”

She asked the students to follow her success mantra.

“Discipline, dedication, hard work, sacrifice and willpower will help you achieve your dreams,” the mother of three said amid thundering applause.

She was accompanied by her husband K Onler Kom.

Source: Hindustan Times

Gorkha Rashtriya Sangoshti / Gorkha‬ National Symposium – Day 1

12:19 PM
The program started at 11:40 A.M with the lighting of the lamps by a few dignitaries such as Col. Alley, Roshan Giri, Jyoti Kumar Rai, Amar Singh Rai and Binay Tamang. 

This was followed by a warm welcome of all the other dignitaries, especially those who had travelled from other parts of India with traditional Nepali topi and khada. Mr. Diwakar Gurung was the Master of the Ceremony. The program was marked by numerous traditional and cultural dance performances by the Mangar sangh troupe, Khas Hitkari troup, Kirati Khambu Rai troupe among others. 
Some of the main points raised by the guest speakers are as follows:

Ajay Mangar, Mangar Sangh: On behalf of the Janjati Mahasangh, Mr. A. Mangar pointed out that except for a few communities in post independent India, the majority of the Gorkha communities are yet to get the tribal recognition, despite repeated attempts to secure one. The lacunae was in their unilateral approach, which, according to him needs to be rectified through a unity and collaboration among the different non-tribal Gorkha communities.

Binay Tamang: Mr. Tamang briefly spoke about the plight of the Gorkha communities not only in the hills but more importantly all over India and called for “chattis jati, chattis varna” unity amongst the Gorkhas diaspora in India. He specifically said “phutera hoina, jutera afno astitwa ko ladai larnu parcha.” He mentioned that the report on the seminary of Gorkhaland Statehood that had taken place a few months ago will be released tomorrow.
Gorkha Rashtriya Sangoshti
Roshan Giri: Mr. R. Giri pointed out that the demand for tribal status for the ten non-tribal Gorkha communities, excluding the schedule caste was to bring “unity” and eventually “uniformity” amongst the diverse Gorkha communities across India. He was critical of the 6th schedule demand by the GNLF, and called upon the people not to confuse the demand for tribal status with 6th schedule.
Prem Tamang, President of All Assam Gorkha Student Union Assam: Mr. Tamang, acknowledged and thanked Bimal Gurung for “bringing Gorkhas together” and uniting them across India. Pointing out the “identity crisis” that the Gorkhas cross India face and the need for “Gorkha Identity”, he assured the support of more than 35 lac Gorkhas living across Assam – for Gorkhaland as well as for the tribal status of all the non-tribal Gorkhas in India.

Nabin Tamang, President, Nagaland Gorkha Association: Stating that the cause of Gorkhaland as an “emotional issue”, and morally supporting the demand for the tribal status for the non-tribal Gorkhas in India, Mr. N. Tamang, however cautioned the audience and the dignitaries about the unintended repercussions such demand on the Gorkhas living in various parts of India, specially Nagaland. Giving a brief background of the Nagaland, he pointed out the danger of potential conflicts that such status of the Gorkhas across India could entail. 

Arun Upadhyaya, President, Assam Gorkha Sammelan (ASG): Mr. A. Upadhyaya spoke of the support of the AGS to GJM under the leadership of Bimal Gurung. He spoke of the various technicalities for the recognition tribal status, and stressed upon the need to undergo Sociological, Anthropological, and Ethnographic (SAE) study.

Buddhi Singh Rana, President, Gorkha Samaj Kalyan Samiti, Roorki, Uttarakhand: Mr. Rana was saddened by the fragmentation within the Gorkha communities, particular by the (state) government, but was happy that the demand for the tribal status has been resurrected, particularly under the leadership of Bimal Gurung. He pointed that that till date we have resorted to the Gandhi an principles but can resort to the ways of Subash Chandra Bose as well.

Sanu Tamang, Secretary General, All Arunachal Gorkha Welfare Society: Mr. S. Tamang gave his full support to the cause of Gorkhaland – “practically, physically and financiall.” He expressed his concern about the looming threat of the Gorkhas being driven out from AP because of the change in status of the Permanent Residence Certificate to Residence Certificate. He forcefully requested the formation of North East Gorkha Federation.

B.R. Joshi, Meghalaya Gorkha Welfare Union: Mr. Joshi briefly spoke about the numerous issues that the Gorkhas in the North East region experience. Talking about the valour and bravery of the Gorkhas during the Indo-Burmese war, he lamented that despite such acts of bravery that the world recognizes, the Gorkhs’s do not have “hamro afnu swaraj(ya).” He further gave his full support to the demand for the tribal status for the non-tribal Gorkhas in India.

Trilok Raj Jaisi, Organising Secretary, GJMM, Mizoram and Mizoram Gorkha Youth Association: Mr. Jaisi gave his support to the Gorkhland Movement as well as the demand for the tribal status for the non-tribal Gorkhas across India. He acknowledged that being from Mizoram, despite being fine socially, the Gorkhas in Mizoram lack political voice. He further called for the Gorkhas to unite.
Vikas Basnet, Executive member Sadar Hills, Automonous District Council, Manipur: Mr. Basnet stated that the Gorkhas in Manpur are “not secure” and are treated as “foreginers” in the absence of Gorkhaland. Because of the lack of political voice, he pointed out that Darjeeling and the Gorkhaland movement here has provided the Gorkhas across India, particularly Manipur the platform – the voice. He also feared the repercussions of anything that happened in Darjeeling but wholeheartedly supported the Gorkhaland movement as well as the demand for tribal status for the non-tribal Gorkhas across India.

N.B. Pradhan, Gorkha representative from Haryana: Mr. Pradhan was cautious of the attempts to divide the Gorkha unity and called upon the current leadership to take the struggle to Delhi. He also called for a “non-violent, non-khukure” and deliberative solution to achieving Gorkhaland. 
Rustam Chettri, GJM representative from Delhi: Mr. R. Chetri expressed his severe disappointment for overlooking the unit in Delhi and keeping it in suspension for the past four years. He asserted and recognized the significance of having a functioning units in places like Delhi, where there are numerous cases of discriminations and harassments.

R.P. Waiba, Ceremony Chairperson: Mr. Waiba pointed out that unless we get Gorkhaland, no Gorkha is secure. He summarized the observations of the speakers for a greater unity among the Gorkha communities across India.

Finally, Mr. M.S. Rai, Secretary, Gorkha Janjati Sangarsh Sangoshti Committee: Mr. Rai concluded the program.

One of the common traits that emerged very distinctly among all the guest speakers was the appeal amongst the Gorkha’s all over India to “come together and work in unity” towards the cause of Gorkhaland and the vocal consent, particularly from the dignitaries coming across India in securing the tribal status of the ten non-tribal Gorkha janajati communities in India.

Gorkhas So far...: The No Land’s Wo/men in India (Part-II)

4:41 PM
Writes Tikendra Kumar Chhetry
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
Sikkim University
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Let two stories be placed in the beginning of this part of ongoing series pertaining to the ground reality of the Gorkhas in the country.

“In the western corner of our village, there once upon a time was Kaushik Sir’s residence. Our village lies in the interiors of the district, Chirang. Before the formation of Chirang district this village was under the Bongaigaon district. Being an interior, it had always been a safe haven for the extremists. We had to feed them and lodge them often. It was in the year 1988, a group of extremists reached Kaushik sir’s home in the evening and asked for food and a night’s stay. Kaushik sir did not have the option but to oblige. Unknowingly, a boy named Shyam Bhandari from the neighbouring village reached the sir’s house. When he found the group of the extremists in the house, Shyam left the house abruptly. He came to me and slept with my son after a casual talk. Next day, early in the morning, the group left the house. But on the way, there was an encounter with the Army and two of its members were killed by the Army.

After a couple of the days, a group of extremists reached Kaushik Sir’s house and assaulted him, accusing of informing the Army through Shyam Bhandari. Kaushik Sir refused to accept the allegation. The group suddenly spread throughout the village. None of the villagers knew what was happening. After a while we heard the words “got him”, “got him”...“he is here” and there was silence all around. A sudden gunshot broke the silence. In our place such instances hardly surprises anyone. Next morning we found the bullet riddle body of Shyam Bhandari on the northern end of the village with a piece of written paper warning “this is the result for being an army spy”. 

We understood they suspected that Shyam had passed the information that caused the encounter. But, we knew Shyam was not a spy. He was an ordinary boy who regularly visited our village for a casual gossip with his friends. In fact, it is like a convention in the parts of our world for many other youths to visit neighbouring village after dinner to meet friends. We knew, neither he was an enemy to miscreant nor their target nor he had any interest on their mission. But an unfortunate co-incidence led to his death. Next day the news reporting was such ...a migrant boy from Nepali speaking community was shot death by an unknown extremist group due to some misunderstanding between extremist group and migrants’ family... the news further emphasized – Foreign Migrants’ families are growing safer hideout for the extremist groups in the interior villages in Assam... After the news spread, police started to raid our villages. Torture remained unabated from both the sides, Police and extremist group. Now the question arises- who actually was Shyam and more importantly was he a migrant?

Shyam was not any migrant boy. He was son of retired soldier from another village in our district. His grandfather was a grazier permitted for same village under the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation Act (ALRA) 1886 during colonial administration (ALRA will be dealt in depth in the other upcoming Parts of this series). After the news spread, instead of proper investigation and governmental assistance to victim’s family, the other villagers were charged by the administration as if all Nepali speaking villagers were illegal foreign migrants. We had to produce our documents again and again even on the days Badadasain, the most important day in the year, so as to prove our identity. But if we dig out the history and our reality, our history in the village is older than the history of present administration system in this district, this state and in fact, this country itself. It is in the fitness of things to mention that our ancestors had all protection in this village during the days of colonial administration under ALRA, 1886.

Now the Second story... It was an evening some day in the year 1987. There were reports of attacks and killings of Nepali speakers in Jowai, Meghalaya and hence security personnel were deployed to control the situation and I was part of it. Jowai was the first location where Nepali speakers were the victim of the so called ‘inside-outside’ syndrome. While in duty we suddenly came across a crying baby in one of the corners of the Jowai market. Beside him lay another baby... motionless. As we approached them we realized that the one on the ground had died. The baby was still crying and as we extended a helping hand. The baby realizing that we had come to help said something in his vernacular which we could not decipher. We brought him to the camp where we came to know that he was a Nepali child. Somehow we could manage a person who could interpret us the reason as to why the baby was crying. The interpreter explained that the dead baby was the elder brother of the crying baby. The parents of the babies had gone to the coal mine for work leaving them alone. That particular day, an attack on the Nepelese took place all of sudden, in the day the attack on Nepali speakers took place. Members from the community were attacked wherever they were found.
It was the second day that the death incident had taken place; their parents hadn’t returned yet. At the evening of the first day of attack some attackers came and kicked the elder baby. Both cried the whole night and daythe day after but nobody came to their rescue in fear of the attackers... We kept baby with us for few days and later, he was given to one the Gorkha family who still safe and agreed to take up his custody. Then i tried to find out the reasons behind the attack on the Nepalese. I read local news papers and conversed with the local people. The community was alleged as migrant and thus were mercilessly targeted. Even babies were not spared...

Now the question arises - what is the essence of these stories? Why have I started with the two anecdotes instead of building upon the argument that i initiated in the part-I of this series? Let me clarify. But before that first I would like you to acquaint with the fact that the first story is an excerpt of a story described by a respondent to a researcher who has carried and completed his thesis on Gorkhas of Assam few years back. This is only one of the many field narratives those this writer read in the mentioned thesis. These stories are tiny examples of visible pictures that in what condition large number of Gorkha population is living in their own country as No Land’s Wo/men since years.
The second story is the outcome of my interaction with the security personnel who was deployed during the anti-Nepali attacks in Meghalaya in 1987, while I was on the way to Delhi in 2013. The interaction initiated with a newspaper that I was reading which contained the news about the Gorkhas of western Assam, which my co-passenger, the army personal happened to notice. The news referred to was about the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) which issued a notice against the Gorkhas living in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), western part of Assam. The notice of the outfit groups read that ‘all Nepali speakers living in Bodo dominated areas should pay Rupees ten lakhs to the outfit group per household at par as a text levied on foreign nationals for the corresponding year’. The notice had warned that failure in making the payment may cause forceful eviction or an extreme action against all Nepali speakers from the region right after ten days of the commencement of circulation of notice. A person named Kul Bahadur Giri was shot in public when he failed to pay the amount fixed by extremist outfit in Chirang district, about which a mention has been made in the part-I of this series. I recall this story when the crisis of Gorkhas in Manipur was covered by the local media in Gorkhas populace area and at the same time the incidence of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian baby, whose body was found on the sea shore after he died along with his mother and his brother while migrating from his native country Syria, after the ongoing Syrian crisis. This news though was covered locally, nationally and globally. The news intrigued me and i could not help without relating it with the second story that I have mentioned. But i don’t know if this juxtaposition is justifiable or sensible. Sensible or not, yet I would like to.
Gorkhas So far...: The No Land’s Wo/men in India (Part-II)
North East India
I am unable to say whether the case of those babies (wherein one died) discussed in second story is similar to Aylan Kurdi or not. But the similarity I find here is that both Aylan Kurdi and the Gorkha child met with death. A dissimilarity here however is- Aylan Kurdi died not in his native country, Syria but while trying to migrate to Europe with his family. On the other hand, the Gorkha child who died in the second story, died as a migrant in his own country, the country where he was born and brought up. Another evident difference lies in the fact that Kurdi baby died while he was in the company of his parents while the Gorkha child died in wait for his parents, who never ever returned. None could tell the fate of his parents; whether they were killed in the coal mine as many others were.

These stories may create confusion initially but, a deep insight into it definitely brings the relevance of the argument in progress. The argument on this series was started on the backdrop of the recent crisis among Gorkhas in Manipur created by the three controversial bill passed in Manipur Legislative Assembly (MLA). The bills passed in MLA are pro-indigenous people. The Inner Line Permit (ILP) [the details of which will be dealt in depth in forthcoming series] which is related to the Bills seek to protect the socio-economic status of locals from unwanted encroachment from the non-locals. The ILP, however has caused a sense of phobia among the Gorkhas in the region. But my point is- Why do the Gorkhas need to feel threatened by it; after all they are to be one of the stakeholders of these bills as they are indigenous community whose history smells the centuries old sweat that poured by their ancestors in Manipuri soil. So why the Gorkhas in the state has to panic over these bills, rather they have to be triumphant as to be protected.

Should the community which has a history older than 200 years in Manipur; the community which also settled with the formal approval from Manipuri King Maharaja Gambhir Singh, much before the state became a federal unit of present India; the community who protected Monarchical Manipur from the invasion of Burmese intruders and troops; the community of the descendant of ‘Victoria Paltan’, later the community who were given grazing permit by British colonial administration in the state be scared after the recent bills passed by their native state assembly?

Should the community for whom a long reserve area, in between Sekmai and Kangpokpi in 1915 and partially extending it later to include Maram, Siddim Pukhri and lrang Part I & II (under No. 2 Para V. Durbar Resolution 1, dated 17 February 1915) was created during the period of First World War be panic over ILP? Should the community members who study the Meiteilon throughout childhood, the community members who can speak Meiteilon, Kuki, Hmar many more other better than Nepali, live with Naga friends recite Ougri Sheireng, listen to Khamba Thoibi with awe, enjoy the colours of Yaoshang, celebrate Lai Haraoba with equal enthusiasm, and cannot live without eromba, ngathongba and ooti as daily staple be feared of bills which tend to protect people living in Manipur since history? Ordinary answer may arise here is NO. So, on what ground the Gorkhas in Manipur who claim to be the descendants of such deep history in the state as well as stakeholder of socio-cultural synthesis are feeling the crisis of existence after three bills were passed in MLA and got afloat in political circle in Manipur? What is validity of psycho-phobia and anxiety among Gorkhas in Manipur after the said issue? To substantiate the argument in this regard, I have furnished few very recent cases those took place against Gorkhas (leading to their insecurity) in country in Part-I of this series. The subsequent series will try to probe into this pertinent issue of the Gorkhas with the history of anti-Gorkha policy in the country; how the community was attacked and deliberately tried to evict in the name of ‘foreigners’, ‘outsiders’, ‘social burden’ etc. All these and much more will be excavated in part-III.

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Manipuri Gorkha: Why Are We Outsiders?

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By Dinesh Sharma, Founder Member, Gorkha Youth And Students Association

A Manipuri lays claim to both his Manipuri and Gorkha identity, showing us how simple and complicated that can be. As one of Manipur’s ongoing flashpoints, lessons from history beg the question – are Gorkhas valorised in wars and dismissed in peace?

I am a fourth generation Gorkha settled in Manipur, who grew up listening to grandmother’s stories of Japanese drones and of our grandfathers fighting to protect the land, alongside the rulers’ armies. Are these tales any different from the stories of a Meitei, a Naga, or a Kuki child? Yet,I am a confused person today. The approximately sixty thousand strong Gorkha community is facing de-recognition and possible eviction from the state of Manipur. We stand accused as encroachers and a threat to the social fabric of the state. This despite, a history dating back almost two hundred years in Manipur.
Manipuri Gorkha: Why Are We Outsiders?
Exactly a century ago, in 1915, an important artery in Jiribam in Northern Manipur was better known as Man Bahadur Limbu Road. How did this come to be? The book, The Role of Gorkhas in Making of Modern India tells us that the Gorkha first arrived in Manipur during Maharaja Gambhir Singh’s reign in 1824. Recruiting Gorkhas from Sylhet in 1825, the king called this unit Victoria Paltan. This was done to secure Manipur from Burmese troop intrusions. The Gorkhas of 16 Sylhet Local Battalion, (Later-8 Gorkha Rifles), were included in the Police Levy of Manipur. Later when the British arrived, Gorkha settlers were given grazing grounds in the northern part of the state and issued land ownership documents or pattas. Infact before the beginning of the twentieth century, the Gorkha/Nepali Gwalla (cowherd community) lived in the Manipur valley. But since the Meitei community were not major users of milk or ghee and land was becoming scarce in the valley, the government decided to shift the populace to the northern parts. Creating an 18 mile long Gorkha/Nepali reserve, in between Sekmai and Kangpokpi in 1915 and partially extending it later to include Maram, Siddim Pukhri and lrang Part I & II. The Manipur State Administrative Report 1915-16 in Chapter V confirms this. (Do check No. 2 Para V. Durbar Resolution 1, dated 17 February 1915). So besides the military settlers, there were cow herds who lived in a 140 sq. mile area until 1915.

A century later, we stand at less than 1 lakh, as a population in Manipur. When political groups target us today, they say that Gorkha contribution to the land is zilch. This when, eminent scholars like M K Binodini, from the royal family of Manipur confirm that the Gorkha has long been part of the Manipuri cultural milieu. In the journal Netee, published by Manipur Nepali Sahitya Parishad (2006) she writes in a piece called A Yaipha Paojel,‘At the time of my father Maharaja Churachand, when he was driven on the Dimapur road, I still remember the joyous welcome and applause accorded by the Nepalese children near the road and I saw many Nepali personnel in the post of high rank and file of the Manipur State Police.’ Have they also forgotten the early Gorkha martyr, Major Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetry, hanged alongside Bir Tikendrajit and General Thangal by the British on August 13, 1891? Or that 4 Assam Rifles was raised in Manipur in 1915 with over eighty percent Gorkha personnel. 1 Manipur Rifles, raised in 1946 too inducted a large number of Gorkhas. Walk around the family quarters of the battalion in 2015 and one might find several Gorkha families even today.

Yet, when World War II reached Kanglatongbi-Kangpokpi, the Gorkha community was evicted by the government of the day. Many left and came back to their land when the war was over. But the Gorkha/Nepali Reserve had been entirely seized during the period of 26 August – 1 December 1946. Those who failed to comply with the government order or returned late had to seek refuge with their neighbours. Is this why we are accused of being foreigners, when it is also possible to see us as a victim of historical circumstance? In my own case, I have studied Meiteilon throughout my childhood, I can speak Kuki, and have lived with a Naga friend for roughly seven years of my life. As a peaceful community, we have recited Ougri Sheireng, listened to Khamba-Thoibi with awe, enjoyed the colours of Yaoshang, celebrated Lai Haraoba with equal enthusiasm, and cannot live without eromba, nga-thongba and ooti as our daily staple.

Today Manipuri-Gorkha youth can be found in the Indian armed forces as well as across Indian metros. While feeling the outrage over incidents of discrimination against Manipuris in Delhi and other cities, can I really turn a blind eye to the same in my motherland? In the city, we don’t see each other as Meitei, Naga, Kuki, Gorkha, Bengali, Bihari or Marwari. Although if someone asks me, I proudly call myself a Manipuri Gorkha. Yet here no one accuses anyone of stealing opportunities or ancestral land. We share rooms to save money, lend and borrow when we are broke. Cooking, sharing pizzas and drinks together, we wait for each other to walk back home after office. Laughing at each other’s jokes, we continue to fall in love, marry and live happily, but we rarely speak of our problems back home. Why? Because it divides and we don’t always know how to deal with the indifference back in our homeland.

An indifference which showed clearly from 1977-1983, when close to one lakh Gorkha were forced to leave the North East. The current demand of a separate Gorkhaland has its roots in such displacement. It is also fueled by a sense of abandonment by the government of India, our state and community leaders. Yes, we have rallied across the streets of Manipur during the Nepali Bhasha Andolan, one in tune with those in Assam, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Meghalaya, Dehradun or Himachal. Bhasha Divas still remains one of the biggest Gorkha social gatherings in Manipur. Yes, we still travel all the way from Manipur to Darjeeling or Delhi,as an expression of national solidarity for Gorkhaland. Often a few organizations come to Manipur during their membership drive and leave after collecting the fee. We continue to donate for every Gorkha cause, be it for unveiling Saheed Durga Malla’s statue in the parliament, or for the landslide affected in Darjeeling. Yet, who speaks for us today?

In the current ILP(Inner Line Permit) imbroglio in Manipur, the proposed bill sets the 1951 Census, as cut-off date for identifying the Gorkha population. Knowing fully well that a majority living in far flung corners were possibly left out of the 1951 Census. What is even more disheartening is the silence of Gorkha community leaders from across the country. As if we are second class citizens. Like a headless chicken, we ask to be included and understood again and again and again. George Orwell wrote in his classic Animal Farm,‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ Perhaps this is an adequate reflection of the status of Manipur’s Gorkha community currently.


Gorkhas So far...: The No Land’s Wo/men in India (Part-I)

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Writes Tikendra Kumar Chhetry for Indian Gorkhas
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
Sikkim University

Since few days there have been reports of fear and psycho-phobia of uncertainty of existence among Gorkhas in Manipur. Since the day three bills passed in Manipur Legislative Assembly (MLA), Gorkhas of the state are in constant fear and uncertainty. There are reports that community leaders from the state are approaching to state Government of Manipur and the Government of India (GoI) to make governments aware of the impact of bills on the Gorkha community in the state. So far, Bimal Gurung, Chief of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) leading a delegation has already met the Minister of State (MoS) Home Affairs, and other ministers of GoI to brief about the matter that pertains to the Gorkha community in Manipur. Similarly there is huge mobility among Gorkha leaders in Assam in regards the issue. Moreover the leaders from the community appeal all Gorkha organizations across the country to support the community of Manipur at this situation.
Gorkhas So far...: The No Land’s Wo/men in India
North-East India
There is definitely a space for the curiosity that what do these bills contain which generate fear of insecurity to existence among the Gorkha community members in Manipur. These three bills passed in the MLA are “Revenue and Land Reform (seventh amendment) Bill 2015”, “Manipur Shops (second amendment) Bill 2015” and the “Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill 2015”.  Among these three bills the third one mentioned here is creating a lot panic among the Gorkhas living in the state. Now question may arise here that why the Gorkhas of Manipur are feared of this bill when they claim that they are historic community living since centuries, since the monarchial days of the state. Should the community which produces evidences of their historic presence in the state, even with one of the historic King’s authorization since centuries back be scared of such bill rather which defends the existence of people living in the state? Possible answer which may arise here is NO. Because the community which talks about the evidential proof of its historic root of existence should not be scared of the provision of the bill as it inherit the interest of bona-fide people of the state. But the cases and situations with Gorkhas in India are always much different. When the question of the existence of Gorkha community arise in any corner of the country, the historical evidences, constitutional rights, realities of the past get other twist juxtapose to irrelevant. There is deep history of the existence of Gorkha community in the country which is more or less, so far, not unknown to most of local, state and central administrations in India but such facts are often deliberately ignored. When the issue of constitutional rights for Gorkhas, the bona fide citizens of the country floats on the political surface, community members are often reduced to be ‘outsiders’, ‘foreigners’, anti-national etc.., Hence, in this regards, the fear of uncertainty to existence that the Gorkhas of Manipur are raising now takes delivery of significance.

The bill mentioned here passed in MLA determines the year 1951 as the benchmark year to find out the indigenous and Non-ingenious people in Manipur. Good to hear. But will the Gorkha community of Manipur be recognized as indigenous despite they produce authentic history of their existence in the state? The stories of suppression and eviction of Gorkhas in India, particularly in Northeast in the past may not allow answering YES. Throughout the history of post colonial India, Gorkhas are labeled, tagged as ‘encroachers’, ‘outsiders’, ‘foreigners’ or to say all such tags which may reduce them to non-Indian who dwell illegally in this country. In doing so, not only the non-state or anti-state elements but also most often, the people in power in administration try to contribute equally in this respect. Let us not got much past to substantiate argument here, portrayal of few recent happenings may bring the possible calculation that in what status the Gorkhas in India, particularly in this region are accounted for.

It was the month of May, 2013, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), an extremist outfit in Assam issued a notice addressing Gorkha community living in Chirang and Kokrajhar district of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Assam. The notice of the outfit groups read that ‘all Nepali speakers living in Bodo dominated areas should pay Rupees ten lakhs to the outfit group per household at par as a text levied on foreign nationals for the corresponding year’. The notice had warned that failure in making payment may cause forceful eviction following an extreme action against all Nepali speakers from the region right after ten days of the commencement of circulation of notice. A person named Kul Bahadur Giri was shot a public when he failed to pay the amount of money that was fixed by extremist outfit in Chirang district.

On August 8, 2013, a Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Kalimpong sub-division of Darjeeling District in West Bengal advised his Chief Minister of state to selectively strike off the name of a section of Gorkha population from the voters’ lists. He advised that Non-Indian Nepali speaking population living in Siliguri (including Dooars and Terai), Kalimpong, Kurseong and finally Darjeeling should be patiently and selectively identified on basis of Census of 1931 to send them back to Nepal to cause a natural death of Gorkhaland demand. In advising Chief Minister he undermines the history of region that how it turn from a historic frontier to present space in country and, bares the legitimacy of nationality of the bona fide citizens. He advises to instrumentalize the governmentality tool to negate the nationality of citizens who exist in post colonial space of country. Moreover, one of minister from the then west Bengal ministry brought his slogan of ‘Gorkhas Go Nepal, Go China, vacate West Bengal’, against which so far, no action has been taken.

Similarly, “notice to quit”, a warning with deadline was released by a Meghalaya based banned underground outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HMLC) against the indigenous Gorkhas/Nepali speakers living in Meghalaya. The report on “Shillong times” dated April 17, 2014 reads, “…The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has asked people from the Nepali speaking community to quit from the entire districts of Khasi and Jaintia Hills, and especially from Langpih, with immediate effect, on the ground that “the illegal Nepali foreign settlers in Langpih. These were recent instances but not new in nature to put in example for, how the stereotype of Foreigner-ness have been the source for disapproval to Indian nationality  and threat of eviction to Gorkha community in North eastern region repeatedly.

The Gorkha community even in Sikkim, where the community is considered to be majority raised displeasure in this regards. A political upheaval in Sikkim was noticeable during the Months of July and August in 2013. The federal unit which is popularly branded as the most peaceful state in violence torn Northeastern region had witnessed episodic mobilization through rallies, meetings, other sorts agitations (peaceful in nature) led by various socio-political organizations. The language used in petition that was filed in Supreme by an association of minority business community had caused feeling of disgrace among indigenous population of state, particularly among the Gorkhas/Nepalis and, hence there were agitations against it. The association which claims to represent the settler business community residing in Sikkim for generation since long before the amalgamation of state in present India in 1975 and  allegedly tagged Gorkhas/Nepalis as ‘foreigners’ in its petition.

As this has been mentioned above, there is validity in fear of threat to existence among Manipuri Gorkhas in relation to the bill being discussed. They also share and experience similar allegation, stereotype and recurrent suppressions on Gorkhas in region. As it was quoted in a report in Sikkim Express, a Gangtok based daily, dated September 5, 2015, the minority Gorkhas in Manipur (population around fifty to sixty thousands) are often considered as ‘outsiders’, non-Manipuris sidelining all the historicity of their existence. In such situation(s), how the Gorkha of Manipur may convince themselves that their indigenousness will be protected. How they may rely on this bill that, it will respect the history which reads their existence in the state. Not only the history of much past, will this bill, if it gets approval of governor of the state respect the provisions of all existing laws (Internal treaties, bilateral relation with neighbouring countries) of India which defends bona-fide citizenship rights of Gorkhas in the country? Let us wait and see with the passing time(s), till now; the bill is still awaiting the consent/approval of the Governor, the agent of GoI in Manipur. Only time may say that how long Gorkhas will have to be No Land’s Wo/men in India.

Sikkim unit of GJM condemned Inner Line Permit (ILP) bill in Manipur

11:19 AM
The Sikkim unit of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has condemned the Inner Line Permit (ILP) bill passed by the Manipur Assembly recently that has spread fear among the Gorkhas settled there for generations.
Sikkim unit of GJM condemned Inner Line Permit (ILP) bill in Manipur
We condemn the conspiracy to evict Gorkhas from Manipur and urge every Gorkha organization spread across the nation to protest against it, said the Sikkim GJM in a press statement today.

The Sikkim GJM also welcomed the support extended by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung towards the Gorkha community of Manipur. We urge the Centre to give justice to the Gorkhas of Manipur, said the Sikkim GJM.

“Gorkhas have toiled hard to develop Manipur and now they are being labeled as ‘foreigners’. This is against the Indian Constitution and undermines the contribution of Indian Gorkhas for the nation. The Union government should take immediate steps on this,” said Sikkim GJM president Dependra Dewan in the press statement.

Source - nelive

Kalapahar Gorkhas pay homage to tribal martyrs

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Gorkha people within Kalapahar and its adjoining areas in Sadar Hills paid their homage to the tribal martyrs killed in Churachandpur incident by organizing a massive condolence and sit-in-protest at Kalapahar yesterday.
Gorkhas pay homage to CCpur 'tribal martyrs'
Organized by United Kalapahar Administrative and Development Society, the condolence function was attended by various Gorkha CSOs and social leaders apart from the Gorkha populace within Kalapahar and its adjoining areas.

Numbering around 500, the Gorkhas who participated in the condolence service lit candle and paid homage to the martyrs in their traditional ways while observing a minute silence as a mark of honor and respect of the supreme sacrifice made by the tribal youths.

Apart from the condolence, the Gorkhas also conducted a mass donation for the Churachandpur victims during the event.

Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the event, Subolsingh Mohote, chairman of United Kalapahar Administrative and Development Society said that the Gorkha people in Sadar Hills solemnly shared the pain and sorrow of the bereaved families of the tribal martyrs and at the same time pompously paid homage to the brave martyrs for their significant sacrifice for the tribal cause.

`We have been characteristically brought up and sustained our livelihood with the resources of the tribal land since time immemorial`, remarked Subolsingh before adding that the Gorkha would not tolerate when the tribal are subverted to their rights and land.

Urging the tribal people of the State to be strong during the difficult situation that they are enduring, he said that the Gorkha people prayed for the bereaved families.

Subolsingh Mohote further said that the Gorkhas within Kalapahar in Sadar Hills also strongly opposed the three bills passed in the State Assembly by the government and endorsed any movement initiated by the tribal people in connection with the matter.

We want the world to know that the Gorkhas will stand by their tribal brethren in Manipur, who are deprived of their privilege, he claimed.

Meanwhile, the relay sit-in-protest against the alleged anti-tribal bills passed in the State Assembly at Kangpokpi continued till today with black flags hung everywhere in the town vicinity.

Residents of Kangpokpi Ward 5 and 6 continued the relay sit-in-protest at Kangpokpi today till 5 pm in the evening.

Source : thesangaiexpress

Existence threat for Manipuri Gorkhas

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Community leaders seek help from Gorkha leaders across India

The existence of Gorkha community settled in Manipur for generations is at stake following the passage of three controversial bills on Monday by the State Assembly and the ensuing violence. The situation remains grim in Gorkha inhabited areas of the Northeastern State, it is informed.
Existence threat for Manipuri Gorkhas
Existence threat for Manipuri Gorkhas
Community leaders in Manipur have appealed for support from Gorkha leaders from across India after the passage of the bills seeking to restrict entry of non-locals and bar non-Manipuris from buying land and settling in the State. The Gorkhas who have a scattered population of over 50,000 in the hill districts informed protests over the bills by other community organizations has endangered the security and the very existence of Gorkhas in the Northeastern State.

Shiva Kumar Basnet, the panchayat president of Gorkha stronghold Kanglatongbi village  under Imphal west district told SIKKIM EXPRESS that Gorkhas are living under constant fear and threat of being marginalized as outsiders in Manipur.

“Circumstances have become dead set against Gorkhas. As minorities, we are living under constant fear and threat to life and property. It is high time that we raise voice against ongoing atrocities,” said Basnet. He termed the ongoing tension as a fallout of the inner line permit agitation spearheaded by the Joint Committee on the Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS).

The said bills were passed as per the agreement between the Manipur government and JCILPS. The bills are yet to get the Governor’s assent, informed Basnet. He is one among the few elected Gorkha public representatives in Manipur.

The contention is that the Protection of Manipur People’s Bill, 2015 will restrict the Gorkha minority in the State as outsiders and thus sideline them. The law has also laid 1951 as the cut- off year to determine indigenous and non- indigenous Manipuris.

Gorkhas claim they had settled in the State as early as 1819, while it was an independent kingdom. The erstwhile Manipur Darbar had recognized Gorkhas in the State’s demography and Irang district was identified as Gorkha majority area, he said.

“We have been living in this State since two centuries,” said Basnet. He also rubbished claims that the Gorkha population registered a steep rise in the past decades. “There are hardly around 50,000 to 60,000 Gorkhas in Manipur. We are also trying to ascertain the exact population by conducting a census,” he said referring to claims that influx of Nepali speaking people was rampant in Manipur.

Dinesh Sharma, a Gorkha social activist from Manipur, in his blog maintained that Gorkha community has settled in the State for nearly two centuries and have lived in an area of 140 sq. miles till 1915.

“Today, after almost two centuries, our population is not even 1 lakh. How could we possibly disturb the social fabric of the Manipuri society or even snatch away opportunities from the locals? Today, we are as much a victim of historical circumstances, miscalculation and manipulation as all of you.

Sadly, despite being a part of the greater Manipuri society for nearly 200 years, we have been pre-leveled as outsiders,” wrote Sharma in his post.

Considering the bill as a contentious issue for the very existence of Gorkhas in Manipur, a delegation also called on Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh pleading protection of the Constitutional rights of Gorkha minority. ‘Since the bill is yet to receive the Governor’s assent, we have also requested him to look into our grievances,” informed Basnet saying that Gorkhas should be given a status of permanent local Manipuri Gorkhas. Their memorandum also clarified that the allegations leveled by different groups regarding the exaggeration and projection of extremely high population of Gorkhas and its impacts are baseless and unfounded.

Basnet was in Guwahati today to attend a Gorkha Mahabhela organized by All Asom Gorkha Students Union at Digboi near Dibrugarh in Assam. He said the delegation from Manipur will meet Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung tomorrow at Digboi and apprise him on the plight of Gorkhas in Manipur.

Earlier, they had also called on MoS Home Kiren Rijiju seeking his intervention to ensure safety and security of Manipuri Gorkhas.

Gorkha community members are also organizing a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi from September 7, it is informed. Various units of Gorkha students unions and Gorkha organizations are expected to take part in the protest in the national capital.

Meanwhile, another delegation of Manipuri Gorkhas has left for Delhi to press their issues with Central leaders.

Basnet also sought the support from all Gorkha community leaders and public representatives including Sikkim to extend solidarity to the cause Manipuri Gorkhas.


Sikkim urges Centre to protect Gorkha of Manipur

3:26 PM
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has requested the Union government to ensure the safety and security of Indian Nepali speaking people (Gorkhas) in Manipur. He also condemned the ongoing situation in Manipur following the passage of the controversial Inner Line Permit bill.
Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling urges Centre to protect Gorkha of Manipur
“I am extremely sad to know about the situation in Manipur. Unrest and chaos do not benefit anyone. It is neither right nor constitutional to inflict injustice to anyone on the lines of caste, community or language. Our civilized society should not take such issues lying down. We must speak out against any act of atrocity,” posted the Chief Minister in his official Facebook page.

“As a responsible citizen of India and as a Chief Minister, I request the Government of India to ensure the safety and security of Indian Nepali speaking people,” said Chamling.

The Manipur Assembly had passed three bills on Monday with one bill particularly affecting the fate of Gorkha and other communities settled in Manipur for generations.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung has already petitioned the Union Home Ministry to intervene in the bill, particularly on the clause that keeps 1951 as the cut-off year to determine Manipuri citizenship in Manipur. This will embolden those who want to chase Gorkhas out from Manipur, he said requesting the Manipur Governor not to give his assent to the controversial bill.

The passage of the bills sparked unrest in many parts of Manipur with the government imposing curfew in the riot-hit areas of Churachandpur district since Monday. The curfew was relaxed for seven hours today to enable people to buy essential commodities.

Meanwhile, Sikkim TMC general secretary Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha has demanded urgent action from the Union government to prevent further violence in Manipur.

“Migration is a fact. Nobody can stop this phenomenon. The violence in Manipur targeting Gorkhas settled there since time immemorial is a wrong act in the name of humanity and naked curse to progress and development of the region,” said the Sikkim TMC general secretary.

“Centre should act immediately to prevent further violence in Manipur as this situation might lead to mass disturbance in the entire North Eastern region. If this inhumane act continues, it might inject fuel progressing it to civil war,” said Tshering Wangchuk. He urged the Union government to protect the dignity and property of Indian Gorkhas settled in Manipur.

Manipuri Gorkha leaders met Governor, discussed on historical facts and figures.

12:49 PM
Imphal, September 03 2015: Representatives of the Gorkha community of  Manipur, led by ADC Sadar Hills member Bhumi Prasad Basnet (Vikash), Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat pradhan Shiva Kumar Basnet, Irang part 1 Gaon Bura, Hari Prasad Nepali, Sanskriti Surakshya Samiti MK Limboo and NE Zone Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh general secretary KB Chhetry held a meeting with the Governor of the State at around 11am today where the historical facts and figures of the settlement of the Gorkha community in the State, as highlighted in a memorandum submitted on August 29, was discussed.
Manipuri Gorkha leaders
BGP Manipur a file photo
The Gorkha community has been settling in the State maintaining goodwill and friendly relation with other communities of the State, the representatives had stated.

Alleging that the total population of Gorkhas in the State have been exaggerated by some, the representatives clarified that the Gorkhas accounts for only about 50,000-60,000 of the total State population.

The memorandum submitted to the Governor on August 29 clearly indicated that the settlement of the Gorkhas in the State is in accordance with the provisions of various laws existing before the merger of the State into India in 1949 .

Gorkhas settling in the State were given the status of domicile in 1947, before Statehood.

Unfortunately, the total population of the Goths (Khutis) or the Gorkhas of the State were not recorded in the 1951 census as the Kangpokpi Gorkhas had moved towards Irang areas and into the interior jungles of Tamenglong district where enumerators failed to reach, following the De-reservation of Kanglatongbi in 1946, the memorandum stated.

The memorandum further pointed out that the Gorkha community of the State are equally indigenous as other communities living in the State and hence their Constitutional rights should be protected.

Source: The Sangai Express

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