An important political figure in the history of West Bengal politics, ghising was the key challenger to the Left Front government's might in the 1980s.
A Gorkha Rifles soldier and later a teacher, he formed the party and demanded for a separate Gorkhaland that resulted in a bloodbath between 1986 and 1988.
Immense force was used to Jyoti Basu, the then chief minister, to avoid the state from dividing. He also paid a high price to bring peace in the hills.
After Ghising's death, his close aide Bimal Gurung said,"The sad demise of Mr. Subhash Ghising is a political loss to the Hill people. His contribution towards the development of the Hills will always be appreciated. I extend my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and pray that God give them the strength to bear the loss."