The political demand for a Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal is back on the streets of Darjeeling hills. The period of apparently peaceful coexistence between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-led Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) and the West Bengal government has come to a halt. When the West Bengal government ordered a financial audit of the Gorkha Territorial Administration during it's Cabinet meeting in Darjeeling to look into financial transactions, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha raised the issue of a separate Gorkhaland state again. The official reason was- making Bangla a mandatory language in schools of West Bengal- though Mamata Banerjee has since clarified that this does not apply to the Darjeeling hills. There was Kashmir-style stone-pelting and extensive damage and arson of government properties including police posts, government vehicles, private vehicles, panchayat offices, and so on. The West Bengal government responded in an extremely unfortunate "law and order" maintenance mode by deploying security forces, which has resulted in multiple deaths of Gorkhaland protesters. The impasse is still on amidst some hope of talk and negotiations.