Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, the regional party of the Uttarakhand Himalayas. This site will endeavour to provide news and information about the UKD's political campaigns as it fights for the future of Uttarakhand.
Since its formation in 1979, the UKD has been fighting for change as a grassroots political vehicle of the people. As the first party to take up the statehood issue, the UKD laboured for many years, laying the ground work for what would emerge as a successful movement for all-around development for the long neglected Himalayan region. However, enormous work remains, as the unfulfilled expectations of the Uttarakhandi people call out for the continuation of a regional voice in the politics of the state dominated by national parties and their national priorities.
We have long stressed that only through a new Uttarakhand can a new India be constructed with a renewal of democracy and the human and social rights of its diverse citizens.
The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal was founded on 25 July, 1979, under the chairmanship of the then Vice-Chancellor of Kumaon University, Shri D.D. Pant.
In addition to leading the separate statehood movement by building a large and inclusive identity for the region's diverse peoples, the UKD has since focussed on social justice and balanced development for the Uttarakhand region of the Indian Himalayas.
In 1980, the Jaswant Singh Bisht opened the party's account by winning the UKD's first legislative assembly seat. In 1985, Kashi Singh Airi won in Pithoragarh, becoming the party's longest serving member, winning again in the new Uttaranchal state assembly elections of 2002.
In 1994, the party helped successfully steer a anti-reservation stir into a massive movement for a separate hill state, the only way to address the region's development issues specific to its rugged highland geography.