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Darjeeling Hopeful Turn and Remaining Obstacles

Darjeeling: Hopeful Turn and Remaining Obstacles WITH the unanimous rejection of a 'do or die' struggle by all the 148 delegates with votes in the Gorkha National Liberation Front (ONLF) convention of its front organisations at Darjeeling on July 10, hopes for an early settlement of the grow- ingly explosive Gorkhaland agitation in the hill areas of Darjeeling have become really bright. The new found personal regard for each other expressed by the two chief protagonists in the confrontation, that is, the GNLF president Subhas Ghishing and the West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu, provide a further assurance of a continued exchange even if the final agreement is delayed, thereby precluding the possibility of a recrudescence of widespread violence that has raged in this region during the last two years. The more recent news of disciplinary measures decided upon by Ghishing against the more militant Kalimpong activists is a further confirmation of the prevailing climate of goodwill.

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