Articles by Marcus Dam
Apr 12, 2019
Lok Sabha Election: From Amit Shah's NRC promise to Mamata's identity safeguard guarantee, BJP and TMC go all out to woo GorkhasA sub-plot not to be missed to the electoral saga unfolding in Darjeeling will be the contest between the Banerjee-backed Binay Tamang-led faction in the GJM and its rival BJP- supported Bimal Gurung camp.
Apr 04, 2019
Fear of arrest may have stalled Bimal Gurung's campaign, but Gorkhaland issue is back to reshape poll discourse in DarjeelingThe outcome of the electoral contest for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat will go a long way in determining the political future in the hills which has been framed by the Gorkhaland issue for more than three decades
Mar 14, 2019
Tough contest on cards for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat as BJP faces Gorkha community's ire, TMC hopes to cash inThe Trinamool Congress has never won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, but hopes to cash in this time around on the altered political narrative.
Jan 24, 2019
Mamata Banerjee pulls out all stops to ensure BJP loses Darjeeling seat: Binay Tamang's alliance admission puts wings in TMC chief's sailsHaving thundered at a "United India" rally she had organised of 23 Opposition parties in Kolkata, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has pulled out all stops to ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is defeated in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha, which with its own distinctive political dynamics, has become a fight for prestige for her.
Jan 08, 2019
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, GJM chief Binay Tamang ups ante; seeks more recognition and power for Gorkhaland Territorial AdministrationWhether or not Binay Tamang's proximity with Mamata Banerjee could coalesce into an electoral alliance of the GJM and her Trinamool Congress in the coming parliamentary polls is the question doing the rounds in local political circles.
Sep 27, 2018
Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, uneasy calm over West Bengal hill districts as Mamata Banerjee, BJP up the anteCalm has certainly returned to the hills but underlying it all swirl questions of the political future of the region as it negotiates the roadblocks ahead.
Jul 28, 2018
Mamata Banerjee's proposal to rename West Bengal 'Bangla' may stir hornet's nest in the Darjeeling, Kalimpong hillsThe West Bengal government needs to walk the extra distance towards assuaging any anxieties that its move to rename the state as ‘Bangla’ might have caused.
Jul 24, 2018
With singing competition 'Darjeeling Rising Stars', police hopes to regain residents' faith after Gorkha stir last yearThe local police organised 'Darjeeling Rising Stars' as part of a venture to rebuild people's confidence in the force after the Gorkhaland protests last year.
Apr 11, 2018
Bimal Gurung denies seeking meet with Mamata, intention to surrender in audio clip as Binay Tamang makes development pitchPolitical discourse in West Bengal’s Darjeeling and Kalimpong has suddenly turned febrile with an audio clip of fugitive Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung emanating from an undisclosed location.
Mar 16, 2018
SC order dismissing GJM leader Bimal Gurung's plea seeking protection from arrest could alter political calculus in hillsThe Supreme Court has dismissed GJM leader Bimal Gurung’s petitions seeking protection from arrest. The ruling could alter the local political calculus.