Source: India TV

The Darjeeling unrest and protest have once again become prominent after the TMC Government of West Bengal made the Bengali language mandatory in the hills. The protests started after the GJM, the major stakeholder of the hills, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, has started showdown on the streets. The GJM has called for an indefinite strike until the demands of separate Gorkhaland is met. So, the entire Dooars, Terai, Siliguri, Mirik, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Darjeeling would be reorganized to form the Gorkhaland, demanded GJM.

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The protestors have taken the street and calling or shutdown in the region. The leaders said that the signboards where Bengali is written will be removed and only English and Nepali would be allowed in the hills. The GJM Supremo Bimal Gurung said that the state has taken the resources of the hills and returned nothing. The State offices and GTA or Gorkhaland Territory Administration offices would remain closed as the uncertainty returns to the hills. The leaders said that the Bank will remain operational for Monday and Thursday for the public transaction. However, school, colleges, hotels, and hospitals have been excluded from the shutdown calls.

The uncertainty over the Darjeeling hills looked normal after a long time when Mamata Banerjee stroke a deal with the local leaders believe the experts. However, the return of Bengali language has once again caused the issue. This area is mostly dominated by the Nepali and Gorkha people and only few Bengali live there. However, Dooars, Terai, Siliguri, and Kalimpong have high numbers of Bengali residents.

The Anti-Bengali rants have already started in the hills and the Army has been deployed. No fresh violence has been reported so far. However, the forces are on high alert. Darjeeling was originally part of the Sikkim Kingdom before the British took it over from them and included in the Bengal province. Sikkim later joined the United Republic of India after Independence.