Extracted from CM's Facebook Page
I attended the Gorkha Rashtriya Sanghoshti along with Shri Bimal Gurung, GTA Chief Executive, Shri RP Sharma, MP Tezpur, Assam and Shri PD Rai, MP Sikkim at Gorkha Rangmanch Bhawan, Darjeeling.
At this national level meet, discussions and deliberations were held to further strengthen the demand for grant of Tribal status to the Nepali Speaking Gorkha community of India.
I suggested for constitution of a committee comprising leaders/representatives of various Nepali speaking communities from respective regions to give further momentum to bring a logical conclusion to the demand. The problems being faced by all Nepali Speaking Gorkha community across the nation is the same. The demand for providing socio-economic and political rights should therefore be fulfilled. This is not the demand for reservation only but recognizing the identity of the brave protectors of this great nation. Such brave protectors of the country should by no means make to feel insecure.
The need of the hour is to have a strong civil society amongst Nepali Speaking Gorkha community so that the spirit of true Gorkhali is kept alive.
Many Gorkhali martyrs have laid down their lives during India's struggle for independence including the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Their statues should be constructed in their respective home towns/cities. I also suggested for making a film on the contributions made by Nepali Speaking Gorkha community in various fields so that the younger generations get inspired. Called upon all intellectuals, scholars including the media fraternity to contribute with their writings, which will help in projecting good image of Nepali Speaking Gorkha community across the world. This would further garner appreciation of our community and our contributions to the nation.
I also released a book titled Study Forum, a GJM publication on Gorkhaland.