Trajectory of a Movement
Nilamber Chhetri
GORKHALAND: CRISIS OF STATEHOOD by Romit Bagchi Sage Publications, 2013, 445 pp., 895
April 2013, volume 37, No 4

The book is an effort by a journalist to unravel the complex political and social factors involved in the re-emergence of the Gorkhaland Movement in the State of West Bengal, after a period of nineteen years. While discussing the trajectory of the movement the author divides the book into four sections. The first deals with the historical antecedents of the movement and carries the discussion on the first phase of the movement raised by the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF). Following the course of events this section takes into account the debacle faced by the GNLF in the Hills owing to the invocation of the Sixth Schedule provision in the post-Gorkhaland decade. The author takes into account the dwindling influence of GNLF in Hill politics and the development of an alternate front in the form of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM), and the re-emergence of the Gorkhaland movement.

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