India > A wave of bold new books on the Gorkhaland agitation

Shop signage with “Gorkhaland” in Kurseong, in the hills of Darjeeling. New books on the Gorkhaland agitation of 1986 have started to shake off the fear-induced silence that has long surrounded the bloody events of that year. Photo: NurPhoto / IMAGO

  • Kumkum

    I was deeply moved by this very analytical review of personal recollections and collective memories of ’86. this brings to wider audience the insider’s view or emic view of a movement that was tackled by the State in ways as if it was war on a large scale. the State appears to play into the hands of answering violence with counter meaningless bloodshed. there is enough scope of personal and community encounters with the GLM as well as the simmering discontent that larger nation wants to brush under the carpet. Neither the State nor the ‘put together soldiers’ knew what the felt needs were.

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