Darjeeling protest

Darjeeling Rebounds: What’s Next

DARJEELING, West Bengal Darjeeling, at 175 years of age, once again demonstrated its resilience this year. Yield plummeted in the months after several hundred thousand workers took a 104-day break beginning in mid-June. The walkout, never officially declared a strike, drained the profitability from India’s most lucrative producing region. Street violence following the uprising...

2017 Darjeeling Protests: A Timeline

Darjeeling is a district in the foothills of India’s Himalayan mountains in the state of West Bengal. The region is famous for producing that nation’s most valued tea, so when tea workers decided to walk off the job earlier this year and bring tea production to a halt, the tea industry watched with anxiety....

Gorkha in Darjeeling Agree to Discussions Ending Tea Strike

DELHI, India On Monday Gorkha leaders of a two-month strike that has shut down the tea industry in Darjeeling showed the first signs of reducing tensions by agreeing to talks scheduled for Aug. 29 in Nabanna. Kalyan Dewan, a leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and head of the co-ordination committee representing striking...

Security Forces Sent to Quell Darjeeling Unrest

DARJEELING, West Bengal The Indian government turned off the internet as several hundred heavily armed security forces arrived in Darjeeling over the weekend to help quell a 34-day strike by West Bengal Gorkha seeking statehood. Organizers announced the agitation will “turn terrible” if their demands are not met. The strike halted the second flush...

Darjeeling Uproar Disrupts Tea Operations

Tempers cooled in Darjeeling for the Muslim holy day Monday following 12 days of protests by Nepali separatists, some violent. The unrest has caused thousands of tourists and climbers to flee. The second flush harvest is halted, factories stand idle and tea shipments are delayed or never departed from the high Himalayan gardens. The...