Date: 28th July 2017
Ongoing agitation in Darjeeling has called the attention of the globe. Protests made by Nepali speaking Indian citizens against the imposition of Bengali language as mandatory in Darjeeling has retriggered the demand of a separate state.
We, Global Federation for Nepali Literature, would like to draw attention of the concerned authorities to address the constitutional rights of people and violation of human rights in Darjeeling, India.
Darjeeling has been stateless for decades. The agitation in Darjeeling for Gorkha-land/Darjeeling state has been around for around 110 years. Since the start of the movement in the 1980’s, Darjeeling has lost 1200 lives and more recently Darjeeling has witnessed nine further deaths since June 2017. This highlights the fact that the situation in the Queen of Hill is worsening with more violent unrest.
We pay our sincere solidarity to the political demand of a separate state as we strongly believe that their demand is legitimate and justifiable. We also wish a quick restoration and peace in Darjeeling.
Dr Lekhnath KAFLE