Gorkhaland, related problems due to lack of development: Patkar

February 8th, 2009 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Siliguri, Feb 8 (IANS) Social activist Medha Patkar Sunday said that the Gorkhaland agitation and recent disturbances in northern West Bengal were a result of years of neglect and lack of development in the region.
“These kinds of happenings are offshoots of years of deprivation and lack of development,” Patkar said at a mass convention on communal harmony here.

“But this is not a one-off case. We are seeing similar moments in various parts of the country,” she said.

Urging the authorities to identify and redress the real issues for a long-term solution to the problems in the northern part of the state, Patkar said: “What is worrisome is that some political organisations use such incidents to further their vested interests. They also try to trigger ethnic riots, thus complicating the situation”.

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