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Uttarakhand In Turmoil

People’s Democracy, August 22, 2004

A WAVE of spontaneous actions, bandhs, rasta roko, chakka jam followed the death of Baba Mohan Uttarakhandi while in the custody of the government, he had been picked up from Beni-Tal Udiyar where the legendary Baba had gone on a fast unto death demanding from the government a settlement of issues which are and have been dear to the Uttarakhandis. The issues were:

  1. Naming of the state as Uttarakhand
  2. Declaring Gair Sen as the capital of the state
  3. Special provision for the protection of Uttarakhandi resources like land, forests, water etc if need be under section 371 of the constitution
  4. Develop Beni Tal as a tourist area as envisioned by comrade Chandra Singh Garhwali
  5. Transferring those employees to UP who had opted for UP at the time of division of the state and creation of a new state, thus opening up the possibility of employment for Uttarakhandi youth. [more]