Editorial Note: This cover story was published on June 2010 in the print edition of the Darjeeling Times magazine, a month after the assassination of Mr. Madan Tamang. It has been two years since that day and the Madan Tamang assassination case is still under investigation by the CBI. On the 2nd death anniversary of Late. Madan Tamang, we are sharing the cover story from two years back, what is sad is the fact that the urgency shown by our fellow Darjeelingeys in demanding justice back then, has ebbed out, and we the people of Darjeeling are back to being our old uninvolved, uncaring self.
“He represented the best in all of us… he represented what a Gorkhali should be… he represented the fierceness… the dedication… the fearlessness… the selflessness… the determination… and loyalty to the cause for which the Gorkhalis are renowned.”
This past month has been a month of considerable challenge and introspection for the Gorkhalis world over. The assassination of Madan Tamang has not only stunned Gorkhalis in India and the Indian media, but it has also generated considerable interest in the media world over. The very foundation of democracy in Darjeeling hills was rocked to the core, and the outpouring of public sentiment against the assassination of Madan Tamang was not only unexpected but also unprecedented in the history of the area.