GAJALDOBA: Resisting Eviction In North Bengal

“As refugees from Bangladesh we had settled down on a piece of land Teesta had left behind. Then came the devastating floods. It doesn’t really matter any more as to whether it was only nature’s fury or unannounced release from the barrage. Fact is we lost everything again! We came to Gajaldoba. All around was fallow marshland having risen from the bosom of Teesta. It was 1967. Parimal Mitra, The Forest Minister of the United Front was from North Bengal. He settled us here. We worked hard. After four decades the land is giving us enough. Now they say we’ll have to give up our land and vacate our homes!”

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