Beyond token protests (such as a torch rally or a hastily called and then recalled bandh) you will not hear much talk about Gorkhaland in the Darjeeling hills. Right now its more about the squabble over primary teacher posts, the demand for money, bad roads, crime etc etc.
In that sense the Indian system has won. It has managed to wear down a demand by attrition.
When the people rallied behind GJMM (as it had done behind the GNLF about twenty years ago) it was difficult not be idealistic. The GJMM managed to uproot the GNLF out the hills with ease, the sixth schedule was scrapped without a fuss. Given the almost providential nature in which things were happening their way, the GJMM diehards did not find it too hard to swallow their leader's promise of a Gorkhaland by a certain date (March 10, 2010 to be precise).
But then such ones hadn't learned from history. The Indian polity has a certain default setting built into the system. To have a demand (however contentious albeit legitimate) met you need to engage with the state as a political entity. That is the rule of the game. Otherwise you would like the Maoists seek to fight to change the rules of that game and get absolutely nowhere.
The GJMM therefore had to morph into a political party. A space was created for it to indulge in its political game. Once it fell for that inevitability it was game over. The GJMM is now a political party with a 100% majority in an administrative dispensation called the GTA. Being a political party , instead of a movement comes with its baggage of issues.
First there is that not so insignificant matter of being served with the trappings of power and prestige. People call you chairman etc. You get to ride in cars with red beacons. You get to do things that the big boys do like plan, allocate, bureaucratize. This is the quagmire in which you will find the remains of many dead demands. In that sense what is happening now isn't too surprising. The GJMM is a political party and playing politics is its existential dharma. Their recent trip to Delhi, the hobnobbing with the Congress after their falling out with the TMC could all be seen in that light. For the immediate future Gorkhaland is not going to be an issue in the hills. Of course like the British monarchy it will be the presiding deity to which all parties will show their due token deference. But there are other things that will occupy the stage. Much has happened since Bimal Gurung called Mamata Banerji, 'mother'.