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The book, which deals with the multi-layered crisis born of the Nepali-speaking people’s resolute unwillingness to remain a part of Bengal, seems to have been written in a hurry. And a journalist can hardly get over his sense of hurry. Being full of care we seem to have no time to stand and stare. The crisis of statehood the book deals with is not a static thing either. The trajectory seems to be moving with baffling pace from one mode to another. It is difficult to keep pace.
Romit Bagchi is a senior correspondent with The Statesman posted in Siliguri. He is currently looking after the north Bengal and Sikkim bureau of The Statesman. He joined the widely circulated English daily in 2007. He has published a number of articles on the ethnic unrest related to north Bengal and the political situation in Sikkim. An avid reader, Bagchi is interested in topics such as ethnic complexity, the Indian Renaissance as pioneered by Raja Rammohan Roy, Indian politics, and particularly, Indian spiritualism. www.sagepub.in