Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 18 June 17,Using violence for a cause
The recent Indian hill resort Darjeeling Separatists group, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), strike turned into violence and many fled (‘Tourists flee as Darjeeling troubles boil over’, Gulf News, June 13). GJM was asking for a separate state for them and the dialogue between them and government has been going on for years and this time they have come with a firm determination and the strike turned violent. The government was forced to deploy soldiers and 12 were injured during the clash was sad. Protests and strikes can be conducted in a peaceful manner and violence is not the answer. I hope the government will consider their request and if it is genuine it can be implemented. Already many states were born from strikes and protests, hence why GJM was fighting for years. Will the government take up their call? We will have to wait and see.
From Mr K. Ragavan