The proposed state of Gorkhaland consisting of the district of Darjeeling and adjoining Duar-Terai region of Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar districts accommodate over 25 lac population. The region as a whole is a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-lingual in character. The society in the area is made up of various elements drawn from diverse origin. The social diversity is perhaps the most powerful manifestation of the area. The social groups with diverse ethnic and linguistic origins, representing various racial stocks and social status have found a place for themselves at different points of time adapting themselves to the different ecological niches offered by the physiographic and climatic setting of the area. Their dispersal across the region has resulted in a social mosaic with ethnic distinctiveness.
Amra Bangali (meaning "We are Bengalis") a radical Bengali political outfit active in West Bengal, Tripura, Bihar, Orissa, Assam and Jharkhand has lately attempted to challenge the national identity of the Nepali speakers in India. It vehemently opposes the demand of Gorkhaland as the outfit perceives it as a conspiracy to once again divide Bengal. The two main objectives of the outfit are: 1. Restoration and development of Bengali language and culture; 3. Re-organization of the territory of Bengal with all like-minded people having respect for Bengali language and culture, and name this new geographical area as Bangalistan.