Articles by Marcus Dam
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.
Mar 13, 2018
Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling: West Bengal CM warns Centre not to assist anyone 'bent on sundering region'Making a strong pitch In Darjeeling for peace in the Hills, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee urged the Centre on Tuesday “not to assist anyone” bent on sundering the region “into tiny bits” for minor electoral gain.
Feb 07, 2018
Sikkim fomenting unrest in Darjeeling for its benefit, claims Mamata Banerjee; vows to arrange 'industrial meet' in HillsIn what could reopen old wounds over the political situation in the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused Sikkim of trying to foment trouble in the region.
Feb 06, 2018
Mamata Banerjee sidesteps demand for separate Gorkhaland, hints at revised arrangement for regionObliquely rejecting, yet again, the demand for a separate 'Gorkhaland', West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hinted on Tuesday of the possibility of a new administrative arrangement for the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Jan 16, 2018
Bimal Gurung's 'olive branch' fails to cut ice with Mamata Banerjee govt; deadlock likely to continueThe West Bengal government's response to an olive branch extended by GJM leader Bimal Gurung has been somewhat laconic and dismissive.
Jan 09, 2018
Mamata Banerjee skips Darjeeling hills visit twice in fortnight; for her, discretion is better part of valourMamata Banerjee chose not to visit the hills of Darjeeling, Kalimpong for the second time after skipping a tourism festival within the past fortnight.
Dec 28, 2017
Mamata Banerjee skips tourism festival in Darjeeling; is 'normalcy' in the hills a mere eyewash?While the proposed industry meet has been deferred to February 2018 the question driving political discourse in the hills now is what might have prompted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision not to turn up for the start of the tourism festival.
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.