Towards the Dark Ages

Where are we headed to? We tell the world that we can unite to make one of our lads an Indian Idol. We can give our life to protect someone’s house, someone’s country and be called a brave Gorkha! But when it comes to saving our own home, fighting for our own rights we end up killing each other. Have we all lost our mind? This is not the question of Subash Ghisingh or Bimal Gurung or Madam Tamang or R. B. Rai. This is not the question of which party is right or wrong. This is the question of whether we can work together and achieve something without hacking each other’s head. Where are the intellectuals in Bimal Gurung’s Party or for that matter Deepak Gurung’s GNLF (now that Subash Ghisingh is practically non-existent)? What happened to Bimal Gurung’s Gandhian Revolution? Has he already forgotten his own words – “our struggle shall be democratic and peaceful”? What has happened to GNLF leaders and why are their cadres so panic stricken that the only way they can operate is by coaxing individuals? Have we all lost our senses? This is twenty first century. We are building space stations and here we are back to our primitive self. How long will our destinies ruled by those armed with Khukuris? Don’t we have any conscience left? Any shred of courage to speak out our mind. Where is the freedom when we can’t even decide of our own free will? What good will Gorkhaland or Sixth Schedule status be if these very people will be ruling over us? We all have to fight not for Gorkhaland or Sixth Schedule but freedom from our own fear, stupidity and primitive mentality. If we don’t have courage to accept our own weaknesses …. if we don’t have decency to accept our own selfishness… our own greed, our wanton desire to succeed and live peacefully. Then surely we are to be doomed. If we have the devil to rule upon us then it is not his fault for we allow him to rule upon us. If we no longer have any freedom to speak up our mind then it is not the fault of a Khukuri welding hooligan who comes to silence us. It is our fault for we helped the leaders in arming him, giving him courage to strike fear upon us. Now that we have become so shameless, coward and greedy that hell is going to freeze over engulf the whole of Darjeeling Hills.

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