Icon and Ace Bollywood Cinematographer Shri Binod Pradhan was
Felicitated today in the presence of Sikkim CM Dr. Pawan Kumar Chamling
and Baba Ramdev by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration GTA in Darjeeling.
[Sriju Bal Tamang for TheDC]
The newly constructed bridge connectes the people of Labdah - Mungpoo Constituency and Latpanchar-Sitong constituency which built at a cost of Rs 7.28 crores, and is 74 meters long and 5.5 meters in width.
Baba Ramdev and Acharya Bal Krishna also announced to open their Patanjali Yogapith, Yoga Centre, High Facility education and other Ayurved and medicinal plant related centre in the Jgighat Riyangtar.
Baba Ramdev has also changed the name " Jogighat" to Yogighat.
Below are the photos of Bridge inauguration ceremony, please click on image to view large.
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his much-awaited arrival in Darjeeling this evening, yoga guru Baba
Ramdev ( See photos here:Baba Ramdev in Darjeeling ) skirted questions on the demand for a Gorkhaland state saying it
was a political issue. In the same breath however, he said he respected
the sentiments of the people.
On his maiden visit to the Darjeeling
hills to conduct a three-day yoga camp from April 17 to 19 being hosted
by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Ramdev received a
humongous welcome as he arrived in a motorcade from Bagdogra airport.
Sitting astride his disciple Balkrishna
Acharya and GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung, the yoga teacher said,
“Gurungji is here to talk about Gorkhaland. It is a political issue and
is attached with the sentiments of the people. However, any issue that
is in the interest of the nation and its people will always get my
When asked about the actual purpose
behind Ramdev’s visit, Gurung said it was his long cherished dream to
bring the yoga master to the hills for a camp.
“Please, let me make it clear that Baba
Ramdev is here to conduct a yoga camp and his visit has nothing to do
with politics,” said Gurung.
Baba Ramdev will conduct the camp from
5am to 7.30am at Chowrastha. We have placed 15 LED screens in and around
Chowrastha and at the Gorkha Ranga Manch Bhawan.”
The GTA has also requested Ramdev to
establish a unit of the Patanjali Yogapeeth in Darjeeling and he has
replied in the affirmative. “I have been asked to set up a Yogpeeth in
Darjeeling. The Himalaya and the
northeast region are a treasure of trove
of several medicinal and herbal plants. You will get a unit of the
Patanjali Yogapeeth very soon,” said Ramdev. Gurung said the GTA would
identify the land for the Patanjali Yogapeeth unit.
During his stay the yoga guru will
inaugurate a steel bridge at JogiGhat in Mungpoo, 28km from Darjeeling.
The bridge will connect Mungpoo with Latpanchar. (EOIC)
cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy
apparent sympathy being shown by the BJP’s top brass to the demand for a
Gorkhaland state has always been a weapon for rival parties to corner
the saffron front’s Bengal unit and debunking its vows of keeping the
state undivided. This Achilles’ heel is once again making the state BJP
suffer ahead of the civic polls, especially after the speech by former
cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy recently in Darjeeling. On Tuesday Swamy said, “The demand for a separate Gorkhaland
state is a valid call. I support it and assure that the new state will
BJP veteran Swami’s statement in public
has, however, caused quite a stir in the plains of Siliguri and its
environs. And in an effort to mitigate the damage done to the image of
the state BJP, Siliguri organisational district BJP president
Rathindranath Bose has said, “We don’t support the demand for a
Gorkhaland state and will oppose all such calls aimed at dividing the
Reacting to the development Trinamool
Congress leader Krishna Chandra Paul said, “BJP is vested to divide
Bengal and create chaos here. We will never let it happen.” (HS)
hashtag may have failed to trend on Twitter, but it has ignited a feeling of
camaraderie among the Gorkha community of Darjeeling and surrounding
areas, says the popular local online media, Darjeeling Chronicle.
A day after senior BJP leader Dr.
Subramaniam Swamy said in public that (the) “formation of Gorkhaland is
mandatory, and it will happen in due course of time” - Darjeeling
Chronicle, popularly known as DC, took ‘Gorkhaland’ to the popular
mini-blog site ‘Twitter’ with the aim to make the statehood demand a
“Our objective in trying to trend
#Gorkhaland was to get India start talking about our issue. It did not
matter to us if we generated negative criticism. It did not matter if
people wrote goods things about Gorkhaland or made bad comments; what
mattered was that India needs to start talking about Gorkhaland,” said a
The person further said, “We cannot
penetrate traditional news sources that are controlled by large
corporations and who are close to ruling parties, but we can very well
inform the rest of India about our cause using Twitter and Facebook. If
the BJP and AAP can change the public’s perception about them online,
why can’t we do so for Gorkhaland?”
DC’s launched its initiative on April 14
with support from various online platforms such as Talk Sikkim, The
Voice of Sikkim, Indian Gorkhas, Glorified Gorkhas, All Assam Gorkha
Students Union and. An analysis of #Gorkhaland shows the topic peaking
about 1:30pm IST on April 15, garnering nearly 600 tweets. Another 400
tweets were required for the topic to trend globally.(EOIC)
Famous Yoga guru Baba Ramdev along with Acharya Balkrishna reached Darjeeling on 16th April where massive crowd was present to welcome him at Bagdogra Airport,Siliguri, Kurseong and on the way towards Darjeeling. On 17th April he'll conduct yoga camp in Darjeeling and on 18th Ramdev will inaugurate newly constructed Jogighat Steel Bridge at Riyangtar Mungpoo.
Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM), usually a bitter
critic of Gokha Janmukti Morcha(GJM), has welcomed the latter’s
initiative in organizing the two days seminar on creation of a
Gorkhaland state which was attended by important speakers from Delhi.
CPRM, too, supports the idea of
Gorkhaland, and has often criticized GJM and its predecessor Gorkha
National Liberation Front of compromising with the West Bengal
government in their anxiety to form the hill council.
On Wednesday, after a central committee meeting to discuss GJM’s
seminar on Gorkhaland, CPRM spokesperson Govind Chhetri said: “We
welcome and congratulate GJM on having organized the seminar which was
attended by speakers from various political parties with influence in
Delhi. It will certainly give impetus to our statehood demand”.
Speakers such as Subramanian Swamy from
the BJP and Keshav Rao, the Telangana Rastriya Samity TRS MP from
Telengana, voiced their support in favour of creating a Gorkhaland state
in the two-day event organized by the Study Forum, GJM’s intellectual
CPRM pointed to the common stress made by the speakers from Delhi to
unite and struggle for statehood in peaceful and democratic way. “Most
of the speakers have advocated for joint struggle with participation of
political opponents. Pro-statehood parties in the hills are in majority
and also leaders from other states have promised to extend support. GJM
being the largest party here and an ally of the BJP must take initiative
to reach out to others,” Chhetri said.
Significantly, CPRM underscored the stress placed by speakers at the
seminar on the need to unite and struggle for statehood in a peaceful
and democratic way. “Most of the speakers have advocated for joint
struggle with participation of political opponents. Pro-statehood
parties in the hills are in majority and also leaders from other states
have promised to extend support. GJM being the largest party here and an
ally of the BJP must take initiative to reach out to others,” Chhetri
However, CPRM also set conditions for a joint struggle for separate
state. “We will join hands with GJM to make the statehood demand
stronger but will only do so without compromising. We want the GJM to
let go of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) to build
pressure on the government to make think of other options,” Chettri
said. “One cannot sit in a government chair and at the same time agitate
against it,” he pointed out.
“Just see the example of how Uttarakhand and Telangana were created.
They did not consent to any alternative arrangements including its
leaders accepting government posts,” said the CPRM spokesperson. His
obvious reference was to GJM president Bimal Gurung, the GTA chief
executive, a post which he had given up in the second phase of the
agitation post-2007 and again accepted, later.
“The time is right. The BJP is in the Centre and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has already said that the dreams of the Gorkhas were also
his. However, if they (BJP) are sincere then they should
start the process to bring an official bill for creation of a
Gorkhaland state in the parliament which will not be so difficult for
them,” Chhetri said. (EOIC)