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Why Gairsain?

By Nitish Pandey

For 50 years they fought for a dream; that of a State meant for the welfare of people staying in hills and when they did get Uttarakhand, their joy was short-lived. Dehra Dun was named the “interim” Capital of Uttarakhand. Throughout the Uttarakhand struggle, Gairsain had been projected as the capital and Dehra Dun was not mentioned even in the passing. After fasting for Gairsain for 39 days, Baba Mohan Uttarakhandi, a leading figure in the agitation, died on 9th August 2004. The “nakli rajdhani” of Uttarakhand, soon became the de facto capital. [more]