Friday, November 14, 2008

Two things you never knew about Nehru and Sikkim


BY SHITAL PRADHAN


Today is Children Day, better known for the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. There is no doubt that everyone knew about the special relation that Nehru shared with Sikkim. Nehru had preferred to spend his retirement life in Sikkim which never happened and if it would had happened we might never knew Sikkim could still had been an independent country till now. Nevertheless i am here talking about two special things about Nehru and Sikkim that few people remember or talk about. Nehru visited Sikkim twice in his life time along with his daughter Indira. Nehru inaugurated the world famous Tibetology at Tadong.

But the big thing, a lesser known fact that after the death of Nehru his ashes were brought to Sikkim and dispersed in air around places like Gangtok, Pemayangste and Kanchenjunga ranges. Other interesting fact, we know Late Chogyal Tashi Namgyal was a well known painter but it is interesting to read that his portrait of Nehru still holds a place at a room in Anand Bhawan, just above the bed used by Nehru.

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