Sunday, January 25, 2009

Darjeeling Registered Postage Cover



This time around Kolkata i found a registered cover from Darjeeling...what interested me the most the letter was send from Greenland Tea Company.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

'Gorkhaland': Netting support

Statesman News Service

SILIGURI, Jan. 23: The communication revolution is now making its presence felt in north Bengal. Along with the agitations in the Darjeeling Hills and Dooars in support of Gorkhaland, a movement for the demand is silently taking place on the Internet.

Gorkhaland supporters based in different parts of India have created several community groups on social networking sites like Orkut, Ibibo, Myspace and Facebook to enlist support for Gorkhaland from non-resident Gorkhas all over the world and generate international opinion in favour of the demand.
The groups, with names like 'Gorkhaland', 'Jai Gorkhaland', 'Free Gorkhaland', 'Gorkhaland ~ Our Birthright', 'Gorkhaland Awareness Campaign', 'Gorkhaland ~ QA New Beginning', 'We Support Gorkhaland', 'Gorkhaland On The Way' and 'Gorkhaland ~ Final Countdown' have members in different parts of the world.
As is clear from the dates of their scraps and postings, the groups were created soon after the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha launched its agitation in August 2008.
Though the identities of the owners of these communities are unknown, the fact that some diehard supporters of Gorkhaland maintain them, for the most part, is evident from their group descriptions.
Like the contentious "GL" number plates, these communities have already created a lot of resentment among a large number of Internet users belonging to various ethnic and linguistic groups in the region. Said Mr Santosh Sarkar of Jalpaiguri: "The scraps, postings and introductory descriptions in these groups are replete with false claims and provocative propaganda, which are a veritable threat to communal harmony among Indians."
Mr Ranjan Jha of Siliguri suggested that the administration should take immediate action against the moderators of these communities because their contents were misleading the members of social networking sites, most of whom were young people in the age group of 15 to 25.
Mr Kundan Lal Tamta, IG, North Bengal, admitted that the police were unaware of the development, but made it clear that unless someone lodged a formal complaint to the police against these communities, they would not enquire into the issue. The IG argued that until it was proved by an incident that these communities were stoking communal fire there was no point in blocking them.

Friday, January 23, 2009

my rss feed size problem got solved

I had been facing problem with my rss feed for over 2-3 months and i am happy finally it is all solved. I am thankful towards Vin from Blog Doctor. I had tried with every where but i could not had my problem solved but when i received a mail from Vin and when he had asked me to follow just few lines i was simply surprised. I never had thought it would had worked but i am glad it finally happened.

My feed size was larger by 512 and i was not able to know how to decrease it. It seemed very simple at the final so to anyone who has such problem i share with you the formula.

Settings---->Site Feed---->Post Feed Redirect box


Delete all that is in that box and save settings.
So my new rss feed url is

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/blogspot/RDUn

http://sikhim.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss



What is Sikkim History all about?


updated on 22.05.2020

I am not an expert on Sikkim History nor am I any prolific historian; my interest on Sikkim’s past makes me feel, there are various vacant spaces yet to be filled. When I was going through different pieces of paper on Sikkim history, I feel we know very little about our Sikkim. Time has come, the account of Sikkim history should be reworked from its primary period, though we know that we have inadequate resources with us.
I am sure to capture the early days of Sikkim (from that era where we find the first settlements to this land) in 2020 isn’t as easy as it seems, but we can give an attempt. As a student of Sikkim History I feel it is not within our perimeter to come up with the entire scene from the beginning till now at once but we can create a room for our coming generations to carry forward those works we shall leave for them. 



Today we hold responsible towards our ancestors (hereby I am not talking about Rishley, Das, Ray and others, I believe our local people could had come with exact and more prominent accounts of our past) for not recording their times of yore and who knows the future age groups interested in learning about Sikkim shall act the same towards us if we too fail to put aside what little we know about our Sikkim.
I am sorry to say but I personally discovered many events of our past missing from the pages of Sikkim history. Just to say that we know little on the subject of Sikkim’s prime is more of a layman excuses. If efforts are to be taken I believe we can make most of it. Until now, we had looked back Sikkim’s earliest record as dating back to 9th century when Guru Padmashambhava had his mysterious flight to Tibet via Sikkim. Well let’s not make our prime much of a folk tales, we had the evidence of the findings of the Neolithic tools from the state which says that the earliest men were present in Sikkim prior to 10,000 BC and I believe that is much before Guru Padmashambhava’s visit. But after that what happened about those tools is little known. Those tools are the valued assets of the Government of Sikkim and it should be brought back to where it belongs. How often we come across in news about such prized diggings. But are we really concerned about it?
Another instance, discovery of a murali maize fossil in 1950s from Sikkim has placed Sikkim as the secondary origin of maize; also takes our existence towards 5,000 to 10,000 BC. If only we dare to find out our prime past we have ample chances that we can trace our origins, but if we wish too, is the big question? To add more on these findings how do we fit the result of the fossil rock of algae discovered near Namchi to the present scenario. Isn’t the land of Sikkim much older than we had ever assumed?
Let me talk about few stories which try to defy what we had been following so far. Let’s begin with Kabi, a journal mentions that blood of a limbu woman was used for the treaty while there are other books that mention the blood brotherhood treaty was held between lepcha, bhutia and limboo, one of a book on Sikkim history mentions Chanakya’s death was successfully planned by the Lepchas, our so-called history says the generation of Khaye Bhumsa was predicted to rule the mountainous region of Sikkim but it is strange it took 300 years of wait, what happened to those missing years ?
How many of us do have knowledge on the then Sikkimese Lepcha population sharing refuge at Antoo Hills of Nepal after the death of their Lepcha Prime Minister during Chogyal’s timeline. We never dare to know who was that Lepcha man that helped Joshep Dalton Hooker identify with the names of the floras he gathered from the Himalayan belt of Sikkim. The list seems long…..how many of us know about S. Mahinda Thero, a Tibetan Buddhist from Sikkim who is regarded as a nationwide hero in Sri Lanka for spreading Sinhalese literature during freedom movement in that tiny Island.
A mountain featured at the revenue stamps of Sikkim since its first issue has not changed, it is a record!! How about Sikkim Rocketmail Experiment (1935) that made Sikkim the first country to have world’s first parcel mail dispatch over the river. Most of the books written about the early Sikkim is referred from 1884 published H.H. Rishley’s “Gazetteer of Sikhim”, say it a mother of all Sikkim based book. The book is no doubt very neatly written and very informative but can we put it as the final output of our history!
From a small Himalayan Kingdom to a 22nd state in the mighty Indian Union, the stamp sized state of Sikkim had witness many major transformations. Much like folklore, the history of early Sikkim is divided between the facts and the uncertainty. Sikkim is mysterious, very rich in legends and yet we have never presented ourselves in the scientific ways. We never tried to collect the exact data of those numerous folklore that had been part of every man’s life since ages.
Defining the exact time of events - those of pottery pieces found around the fields of Daramdin and stories of the Great Flood at Mt. Tendong could possibly put the state of Sikkim on the world map in a different dimension. The foot prints found at Chungthang have developed a sort of controversy over the two scholarly men of the bygone centuries. There are mixed believers that those foot impression belong to either Guru Rimpoche or Guru Nanak! These are just few outlines from the strings of legend that are associated with our Sikkim.
From my little knowledge, I have tried to classify Sikkim into three part viz…early, middle and modern period just to ease out my research work. The primary phase or the early days of Sikkim starts from the time this mountainous land was created till the episode of Kabi, where the Blood Brotherhood Treaty is said to had happened. This phase shall look for the folks and legends associated with Sikkim and try to give a proper explanation to it.
To some extent we can say that Sikkim was re-born at Kabi; we do have certain information in sequence on Sikkim’s political, socio-cultural environment after that. Due to this I filled up my middle age of Sikkim from Kabi Brotherhood Treaty towards 1950 when Sikkim agreed to be the Protectorate of India. I believe the seed of the statehood was very well-written in 1950 and the year 1975 when Sikkim merged into mighty Indian Union was just a formality. The period from 1950 till now is my modern period of Sikkim history.
My only institution about recalling the importance of understanding Sikkim is just a mere fact that we believe in age old ethnicity and words of scholars but the real truth remains the fact that our future generations needs to be explained the mystic forces of time immemorial that build up our Sikkim, from the days of so called earliest life of the first men in this land to the three century old Namgyal Dynasty and further towards the making of the Sikkim that we live-in today.
History of a place seems incomplete without proper documentation, let we say; we have old photographs related to Sikkim at our houses can we not share those immemorial treasures. The history of Sikkim is not confined within you and me; it is more of ours, for our coming generations.