Protesting against Bengal government’s move to make Bengali mandatory for students studying in hill schools, a students wing organisation has put posters all over the town of Kalimpong. Kalimpong became part of West Bengal this year.
Protesting against Bengal government’s move to make Bengali mandatory for students studying in hill schools from classes 1 to 12, a students’ wing organisation has put posters all over the town of Kalimpong.
The Gorkha Janmukti Vidhyarthi Morcha, the students’ wing of GJM who were responsible for pasting the posters, called this “linguistic imperialism” imposed by the Bengal government and said that this infringed upon one’s right to education in mother tongue.
Violation of right to education
GJVM general secretary Bhushan Tamang told reporters in Kalimpong, which was recently made a district by the state government, yesterday, “Making Bengali compulsory in hill schools is a direct infringement on our right to education in our mother tongue and discriminatory towards our language, Nepali.”
Tamang said that earlier textbooks were issued in Nepali language only, but now Bengali books had been sent in their stead.
Nepali speaking politicians keeping mum
“This is dictatorial and we oppose this blatant imposition of Bengali language on our people,” Tamang said. He also criticised the Nepali speaking politicians for keeping mum over the issue and urged all “self-respecting Gorkhali” to speak out. Kalimpong became part of Bengal this year as the state’s 21st district after it split from the Darjeeling district.