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Gorkhaland cry rents the air in Gurgaon

Gorkha protesters took out a rally in Gurgaon and raised slogans against the alleged treatment meted out to members of the community in West Bengal

gurgaon Updated: Jul 04, 2017 23:25 IST
Abhishek Behl
Members of the Gorkha community chant statehood slogans during a rally in Gurgaon on Tuesday.
Members of the Gorkha community chant statehood slogans during a rally in Gurgaon on Tuesday.(Praveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Over a hundred members of Gorkha community took out a rally in support of a separate Gorkhaland state, in Gurgaon on Tuesday. The community has over 70,000 people from Darjeeling working and staying in the city. The protesters, who gathered under the banner of Gorkha Youth Gurgaon, said they were upset with the manner in which the West Bengal government was treating fellow members of the community there and demanded that the Union government intervene in the matter at the earliest.

Holding up placards and shouting slogans, the protesting Gorkha men and women first gathered at Sahara Mall at MG road and held a meeting. From there,the rally snaked towards CyberHub before returning to MG Road via Sikanderpur metro station.

“The Gorkha community is very upset with the manner in which our people are being treated by the West Bengal government. Our language is recognised by the constitution and the identity of the Gorkhas must also be recognised,” Rahul Lama, executive member, Gorkha Youth Gurgaon, said.

Another protestor said that the reason they were holding this protest was to ensure that their voice reached the government in Delhi. “We work so hard to earn our living and have been loyal to the nation and served it with dedication. Why are we being denied our right?” a protester said.

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Rebecca Rai, an activist from Delhi, said that the Gorkhas across Delhi and NCR will hold protests to highlight this demand of the community. “As we don’t have political recognition, people from our community suffer discrimination and harassment. People outside our community are indifferent to us. They don’t even speak to us. There are numerous cases in Delhi NCR where we were targeted because of looks and way of livig,” Rai said.

Majority of protesters, particularly women, were of the opinion that if Gorkhas had political backing like people from the Northeast, their problems would also have been highlighted and addressed. “It would be better if we have a state of our own. We deserve it,” Ruby said.