Articles by Marcus Dam
Dec 12, 2017
Gorkhaland agitation: Amid Mamata Banerjee and Bimal Gurung's political battle, Darjeeling gears up for tourism, business festivalThe wintry air is crisp in the Hills of West Bengal’s Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts but the haze of uncertainty is yet to clear from the political landscape. And it is in such surroundings that the local ruling dispensation, prodded on by the West Bengal government that has set it up, is taking recourse to staging a tourism festival as well as a first-time business meet there, both of which will not only be showcasing the region’s potentials as a destination for holiday-makers and investors alike but also, perhaps more critically, its claims of success in restoring normality after months of political turmoil sparked by a 104-day-long lock down to press for a separate “Gorkhaland” state.
Nov 11, 2017
Gorkhaland agitation: Centre, West Bengal govt need to sort out many differences for future talksThe hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in West Bengal might have got back to the “normal” rhythm of life.
Oct 27, 2017
Darjeeling's proxy political feud: GJM leadership crisis sparks war of words between BJP, TMCWhile the BJP has made no bones about its support for GJM president Bimal Gurung, Trinamool Congress has supported Binay Tamang's political ascendancy.
Oct 25, 2017
Gorkhaland issue on back-burner as Bimal Gurung, Binay Tamang tussle for GJM stewardshipThe Gorkhaland stir seems to be on back-burner in Darjeeling with attention diverted to the tussle for stewardship between Bimal Gurung and Binay Tamang.
Oct 14, 2017
Darjeeling lockdown ends, but fissures within Gorkha Janmukti Morcha could throw region into political uncertaintyDeepening divisions within the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha seems to have thrown the region’s political future into question. The GJM's strike was called off late last month.
Sep 27, 2017
Darjeeling witnesses an uneasy truce, but lasting peace will hinge on much-awaited tripartite talksWith Darjeeling hobbling back to normality, there came disquieting signs of a fresh spell of political uncertainty. The question uppermost in the minds of its residents was "how long will the calm last"
Aug 31, 2017
Mamata, regional parties caught in a limbo over Gorkhaland stir: Darjeeling, Hill region headed for political uncertaintyThe crucial talks in Kolkata between Mamata Banerjee and leaders of the regional parties, demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland to be carved out of the hills and parts of the plains in north Bengal, has thrown up more questions than answers.
Aug 01, 2017
Gorkhaland unrest: As strike fatigue sets in Darjeeling, regional rivalry may change political landscapeEven as a strike fatigue sets in, like the dense monsoon mist, on the hills of Darjeeling that also encompass adjoining Kalimpong district, a sub-text is emerging.