FROM THE RAMAN BORDER CHECKPOINT, once you enter West Bengal from Sikkim, it’s easy to tell how much spine-rattling road is left before Darjeeling. The closer the jeep gets to the romanticised hill station, the more you’ll see the green and white and yellow paintings on guard rails, embankments, sign posts, shop doors, homes and everything in between.
All the paint requests, demands, cries out for one thing: a new Indian state, Gorkhaland.
The colour scheme belongs to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the ruling political party and latest spearhead of demands of statehood for the Gorkha community of Nepali-speaking Indians mostly in the Darjeeling area.
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