Mamata skilfully brushed off the challenge on several occasions, making new friends, even winning the civic elections from Mirik. The people of Mirik were simply thanking her on delivering on promises. What went wrong? The TMC's decision to make Bengali compulsory in schools. What she was slow to clarify was seized by the BJP-GJM combine and exaggerated: Bengali would be made compulsory even in Nepali speaking areas like the Darjeeling Hills, Gorkha identity would get eroded, Mamata was trying to wipe them out. In short, every trick used by separatists was used here. No amount of pacifying and clarifying was going to help, because now the GJM has decided and the Centre agrees that nothing short of Gorkhaland will suffice.
So where there was peace and prosperity now there is murder, mayhem and anarchy. And this is being supported by sections of the media. Grand articles have appeared in national dailies on how Bimal Gurung is the undisputed leader of the Hills. But then so is Yogi Adityanath in UP. And then our Hon. PM. No word of these gentlemen's unsavoury past. Or the fact that each commands an army of thugs to terrorise the people into submission.