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JHARKHAND MOVEMENT-On a Slippery Slope

Centre for talks on the demand for a separate Jharkhand state by December 30, the hitherto fragmented Jharkhand movement appears to have re-emerged as a challenge to the ruling powers in eastern India. The moving spirit behind the revival of the. four-decade old movement for a separate state of tribals (comprising the Bihar Chhotanagpur plateau and the adjoining areas of West Bengal, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh) is the recently formed JCC (Jharkhand Co-ordination Committee) consisting of 50 odd groups who support the demand. The JCCs biggest achievement so far has been to come to some sort of understanding with the JMMS (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Soren) which still holds sway among large sections of the tribal population of Bihar, although its leader Shibu Soren had been in some sort of an alliance with the Con- gress(l) ever since its electoral understanding with it in 1980. But, presumably to placate the younger, radical elements in the JMMS and to retain his following among the increasingly disgruntled tribal population, Soren turned a somersault when he agreed to join hands with the JCC to address a unity rally in Ranchi on November 15.

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