An analysis of the social evolution of the ‘Gorkha’ identity, from its birth as a subjectivity created in the interest of British imperialism to its present day usage in connoting the ethno-linguistic assertion of a minority in the Indian federation is linked here to the question of political inclusion under the current ruling regime from whom autonomy is sought, to present a holistic picture of the Gorkhaland predicament. A prognostic observation is thereby made through the prism of the dialectic narrative of class and power relations, which lead to the conclusion that though the economic and political prospects of the so-called Gorkha people seem bleak either way, there does seem to exist a rationale for statehood that go beyond the current context of regionalism and presents itself in the form of a historical obligation which the Indian polity cannot ignore.
  • The Master Director

    The Master Director

    Book Review
    The Master Director, a book authored by Thomas K. Shor, a Boston based author and published by Harper Element, an imprint subsidiary of Harper Collins is a fascinating journey into the lives of both the author and Gurudev Karma Wangchuk, a Buddhist Spiritual Master based in a small village, near Darjeeling, India. The book was never planned, much as the author points out when he lands in India in the midst of chaos and shadowy settings of the Mumbai Airport. It was an outcome of the twists and turns of meeting unexpected people and ending up in unexpected and often unforgiving situations. Indeed, when the author finds himself at a small tea plantation in Sikkim having escaped the violent political agitation in Darjeeling Hills, he feels spiritually emboldened. Further, when an unknown individual invites him to his house and offers to seek an audience for him with a ‘Reincarnated Buddhist Monk’ a ‘Tulku’ highly venerated by both the Buddhist and Hindu populace, he feels blessed.

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