Gorkhas injured after All India Women’s Conference ‘un-Indian’ snobbery for ‘Azadi’ event

Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh has decided to take up the case legally if an apology is not issued

Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh has decided to take up the case legally if an apology is not issued

Gorkha organizations have criticized the All-India Women Conference (AIWC) for rejecting the community’s program for an “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav” event after calling “Nepali” a “non-Indian” language.

AIWC executive member Chandra Prabha Pandey sent a memo on June 9 seeking contributions from its regional chapters for the proposed “Azadi” celebrations. The requirement was patriotic songs and dances performed in regional languages.

But when performers from Kalimpong district in West Bengal sent in their contributions, Ms Pandey reportedly told them the AIWC could not put on shows in ‘non-Indian languages’.

Kalimpong AIWC secretary Aruna Pradhan tried to reason with Ms Pandey, but the latter insisted that the national anthem in “Nepali, not a language of India” was unacceptable. Ms Pandey also said the Gorkhas were migrants and therefore not eligible to perform at an event for Indians.

“By claiming that Nepali is not an Indian language and by not allowing performances in the Nepali language, that too for the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, the AIWC has been deliberately racist against the Gorkha community of our nation,” said Darjeeling MP Raju Bista. .

“Perhaps AIWC members are unaware that our Gorkha ancestors played a vital role in securing India’s independence,” he added.

“It is shocking that an organization as esteemed as the AIWC has members who seem to be completely unaware that Nepali/Gorkha is spoken by India’s 10.5 million Gorkhas, duly recognized as an Indian language under the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India,” Ramesh said. Bastola, the general secretary of Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh, said.

At an emerging meeting of its central committee held virtually on June 15, the Parisangh decided to legally take up the matter if Ms Pandey apologized in the public domain within 24 hours of the release of her statement and in person. at the next AIWC meeting.

“Our team will also file an online petition at the same time so that this incident does not happen again. We had addressed the issue of an Amazon Prime Video web series where a character from Gorkha speaking the Nepali language was shown in a bad light and derogatory remarks were made for the North East community,” Mr Bastola said.

Ministry directive

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting subsequently issued a directive based on Parisang’s objection to content censorship on OTT platforms.

The Parisangh said many people mistakenly believe that the Gorkhas in India were foreigners and had migrated from Nepal. “The Gorkhas, a product of Indo-Aryan and Mongoloid assimilation, are aborigines of India and they can trace their history back no less than 1,000 years in Assam and elsewhere in India,” he said. .