Welcome to another edition of Darjeeling Today! We thank you for your overwhelming response and good wishes. However, Slow and Steady seems to be the right strategy for us under the present circumstances.
Currently, Darjeeling is under tremendous pressure, our town is in a great dilemma and is probably on the verge of facing a new turning point. The need of the hour is Unity, our people ought to unite and prepare our town for a brighter future. Trying to escape reality and indulging in In-fighting will not help us in any way, as a result, we have created vacuum within us, under such circumstances lending hands are visible all around us, which might not be a true helping hand.
The Reign of Terror of the ‘80s silenced the voices of the people during the violent agitation. Consequently, the hills were filled with a disillusioned populace. Darjeeling suffered for 21 years not because of violence of bad people but because of the silence of good people. Now, opportunity should be created for the people to speak up, let the people decide their own fate than by few individuals, it is high time that they be returned their voices. Public consensus should be prioritized, else chances of history repeating itself is high.
Unexpectedly, the onset of winter in Darjeeling this year was marked by a series of amusement and entertainment events, a rarity in the town for many years now. From Beauty Pageants to Rock contests and Football tournaments, our town was caught in a frenzy of activities, evidently indicated the motivated objectives, which was projected as normalcy being restored, however, the audience in each of the programmes were far less in number when compared to the throng that gathers in political rallies.
In the realm of our society, Promises are being made, History is being written every passing hour and we are keeping track of each event because it concerns us, our values, our people, our land, our Darjeeling … Perhaps, had we been socially conscious before we would not be in the state we are in today. We reside in a place where there are No proper medical facilities, No electricity when children are preparing for their exams, No drinking water, No higher educational institutions, No mid-day meals for poor children, No employment opportunities for the educated.… the list is endless, there is only a big NO everywhere in the hills. Therefore the people of The Hills are in an indescribable state of utter helplessness and hopelessness. Can one expect to fabricate a good society with an empty stomach and a disturbed soul? All we can do is love our home town, Darjeeling and hope that we see the light of a brighter day soon.
With warm regards
Udhyan Chamling Rai