Friday, November 14, 2008

Two things you never knew about Nehru and Sikkim


Today is Children's 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 relationship that Nehru shared with Sikkim. Nehru had preferred to spend his retirement life in Sikkim which never happened and if it would have happened we might never know Sikkim could still have 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 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 the air around places like Gangtok, Pemayangste, and Kanchenjunga ranges. Another 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 in a room in Anand Bhawan, just above the bed used by Nehru.

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