Run for Gorkha identity, half marathon in Kalimpong

Run with Roshni
To promote athletes from the Darjeeling hills in the international platform Roshni Rai founder of ‘Run with Roshni’ Project has taken the initiative to organize a half marathon in Kalimpong on May 1.
International Marathoner Roshni born in Kalimpong’s Pedong village is working hard in Mumbai for the past 10 years to bring the Nepali/Gorkhali community out of  racial discrimination and identity crisis.
Thirty-five years old Roshni has now decided to organize marathons in Darjeeling hills so that hidden talents could get an opportunity in international events through Mumbai Marathon.
“The best five runners will be given a chance to run in the Mumbai Marathon and the entry fees, lodging and food along with train fares will be borne by my project,” said Roshni.
She also said that 10 participants will be selected from Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Siliguri each for the 21 kilometre half marathon.
She says that Gorkhas should come forward in every field and earn name and fame so that they could give to people who called them “chinese’ or ‘chinky’ a fitting reply. “The friendship treaty between Nepal and India further complicates our identity crisis and, for the same reason, we want a
separate state of Gorkhaland. The Ghorkaland agitation of the1980s saw 1,500 deaths but nobody talks about it. I only want to spread awareness," she says. (EOI)

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