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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.
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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.
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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



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What is Sikkim History all about?


BY SHITAL PRADHAN

I am not an expert on Sikkim History nor I am any sort of prolific historian but my interest on Sikkim olden times makes me feel, there are many vacant spaces yet to be filled. When I was going through the different pieces of paper on Sikkim history I believe there were much stuff we still do not know about our Sikkim or I say we know very little about it. 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 epoch when we find the first settlements to this land) in 2008 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 of near the beginning era of Sikkim 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 anchestors (hereby i am not talking about Rishley, Das, Ray and others, I believe our local people could had come with exact and more prominient 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 yore 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 past 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 were the valued assets of Government of Sikkim and it should be brought back to where it belongs. How often we come across in news that such tools are dug out. But are we really concerned about it? Another instance that the finding of the murali maize fossil in 1950s from Sikkim had 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’it 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 to prove, are we sure it was all due to that prediction. Where is the written version of the blood brotherhood treaty? How many of us do have a slight knowledge on the then Sikkimese Lepcha population sharing refuge at Antoo Hills of Nepal after their Lepcha Prime Minister was killed by the Chogyal. 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…..to the latest 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 litreature during freedom movement in that tiny Island. Let’s be more specific can anyone name the mountain that is shown in the revenue stamps of Sikkim since 1930s, it is more of a strange the photograph used has never changed for the last 80 years, 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 eon of certain incidents including 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.

I am not an expert of Sikkim history yet of my little knowledge I had 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 assotiated 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 some-information in sequence on Sikkim its political, socio-cultural environment after that. Due to this I filled up my middle age of Sikkim from Kabi Brotherhod 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 recaling 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.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Amazing quotes


This is an amazing web site for inspirational quote and i simply cannot help myself without going through it....i am sure my readers shall too enjoy these pictorial quotes.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Magnificient 80s : A Sikkim Trivia

  • January 9,1981- Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan appointed as 2nd Governor of Sikkim.
  • April 13, 1981- The Union Finance Minister, Mr.R. Venkataraman inaugurated the Central Blood Bank of Sikkim.
  • November 6, 1981 - His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa passes away.
  • January 30, 1982 - Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal passes away at the age of 59.
  • May 1, 1982 - First Helicopter service between Bagdogra and Gangtok inaugurated.
  • June 5,6, and 9,1982 - A portion of Tsongu Lake turned red.
  • August 22,1982 -Chief Minister, Mr. N.B. Bhandari inaugurated R.D.D. Complex at Jorethang.
  • May 23, 1983 - The Eighth Finance Commission headed by Shri Y.B. Chavan visited Gangtok.
  • June 13, 1983 - The 691 ft. long concrete bridge over the river Teesta at Melli inaugurated. The bridge was named after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • January 16, 1984 - Enforcement of the Cardamom Act, 1965 (42 of 1965) for the benefit of the poor cardamom growers of Sikkim.
  • April 7, 1984 - A pioneering collaboration signed between Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology and Nalanda Mahavihara at Patna in the presence of Dr. A.R. Kidwai, Governor of Bihar and Mr. Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan, Governor of Sikkim for collaboration in matters relating to exchange of scholars, information and other literary data.
  • May 11, 1984 - Mr. B B Gurung sworn in as the third Chief Minister of Sikkim.
  • May 25, 1984 - President Rule imposed in Sikkim.
  • June 17,1984 - Kona Prabhakar Rao appointed as the third Governor of Sikkim.
  • March 8, 1985 - Mr. N.B Bhandari re-elected and sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim once again.
  • May 31,1985 - Shri. Bhisma Narain Singh sworn in as the new Governor of Sikkim.
  • October 7, 1987 - President Mr. R. Venkataraman inaugurated G.B. Pant Leprosy Hospital at Sajong, East Sikkim.
  • October 9, 1988 - New Sikkim House inaugurated at New Delhi.
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Sikkim student wins award

FROM Mizo Reporter

GANGTOK, Jan 21 – Vineet Kumar, a second year IT student of Sikkim Manipal University, won the award in the social work category for his nationwide campaign on spreading awareness of cyber crime.

He has conducted hundreds of cyber security awareness programmes in schools, colleges and banks.

The award comprises Rs10,000 Lenovo laptop and a trophy. “The objective of the award is to give young Indians a platform to showcase their ideas and achievements,” said Kal Raman, CEO of GlobalScholar.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My 10 best photographs from Kolkata Tour

Howrah and a ride in a ferry...awesome combination!!

What is pasture better than this act....

Never late to be with Dhoni

Something never changes


If you are in Kolkata you do not want to miss a tram!!


Every tree has its own day

God does'nt need a home

World is changing in South City

Does these boxes still fethches letters!!


Kolkota or Calcutta: the beauty of the city is still alive

I am back from Kolkata this evening and the most off all i missed was my small blog. For my readers this is mine 10 best photographs that i had from my Kolkata tour.

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When i started my blog on Sikkim way back in 2007, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. with regards Shital Pradhan (himalayanreview@gmail.com)

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