From Himal Magazine: A Lepcha in your own land – Peter Karthak

http://www.himalmag.com On being an ‘outsider’ in Kathmandu and remembering the past. At the very outset, I must be a village explainer: Firstly, my full name is Peter John Karthak, and this name has been a frequent irritant in my life. Secondly, I am a Lepcha, a far-eastern aboriginal nationality of Ilam, in Nepal, a group …

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Tea wage link with polls – Morcha eye on plains

The Telegraph VIVEK CHHETRI Darjeeling, March 3: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha hopes a decision in favour of its demand for the revision of wages for tea garden workers will impact the results of the Assembly elections not only in the Darjeeling hills but also in the Dooars and the Terai. Bimal Gurung, the president of …

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Parishad sets stage for poll fight with Morcha

The Telegraph Siliguri, March 2: Twenty-four hours after the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had expressed its intention to contest in five Assembly constituencies in the Dooars, its bete noire, the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, announced today that it would field candidates in the same seats. The Left Front, which has in its kitty four of …

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