In a joint meeting of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) units of Delhi, NCR and Dehradoon on November 13 at B2/2, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, the dates for the national level seminar and cultural programmes were finalised. The celebrations will be organised with the aim to promote national integrity and communal harmony in Dehradoon and Delhi in January 2012. Manoj Shankar, President, Delhi GJM presided over the meeting with other executives of Parents Body, Nari Morcha, Yuwa Morcha and representatives of Uttarakhand GJM members like Aashu Lama, Convener and Anil Singh , General Secretary.
In Delhi the programme is likely to be held for two days on January 28th and 29th 2012. On 28 Jan 2012 a national level seminar will be held wherein respected Nepali luminaries would be invited along with the members of Central Committee, GJM and also representatives of GJM units all over India to discuss and analyse on issues of social, political, cultural, educational and constitutional rights and prospects Gorkhas residing in the country.
The issue of national identity of the Gorkhas residing all over the country will also be a prime topic for discussion. The seminar would be followed by a grand cultural programme on 29th Jan 2012. The rich culture of the Gorkhas will be on display in order to set an example and convey a message of national integration in the capital city. More than 5000 people are estimated to participate.
The programme in Dehradoon is likely to be held on 22nd January 2012 and it would be a mixed cultural programme wherein not only nepali culture would be portrayed but artists of garwali, punjabi, kumauni origin shall also be invited. In view of the upcoming assembly elections in 2012 wherein GJM is determined to file its nomination for candidature in the Assembly elections keeping in view the tremendous approximately 18 lakhs vote of Gorkhas in Uttarakhand. The Gorkha votebank can bring a huge difference in the result of elections and accordingly importance of Gorkhas residing in Uttarakhand can be highlighted before the entire country.
Similarly a message can be conveyed to the central government that Gorkhas in India are not just confined to Darjeeling hills and north eastern areas but a major chunk of Gorkha population also reside in the northern belt of the country. Around 5000 people are expected on the said occasion in Dehradun.