Sunday, September 27, 2009

It was a quartz.....

Last Friday i was at a house of one of my student out at Burung. Actually i had gone to visit her father since i had heard little earlier that he had some strange looking stones in his belongings. The man did hesitate to show up but i made him convince that i just wanted to see it and take some photographs. Then he showed me some...those stones according to him was gathered from the forest when he had gone for collecting woods...The one that really caught my attention was a small quartz!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Junior International Gold medalist boxer Shiva Thapa visits Gangtok

His boxing ring performance put in the picture more than his age, ten boxing gold and three bronze medals from 14 national and international tournaments that he had participated can make any sports lover go crazy. But it isn’t in case of Shiva Thapa, a 16 year old promising boxer from Assam still in his teens. From his haul of 13 medals three had been achieved in foreign soils representing India. A gold medal in 50 kg category representing India at Hyder Aliyev International Boxing Championship held in Azerbaijan, Baku (May 2008) while two bronze medals were achieved at The IV International Sports Games "Children of Asia" held in Yakutia in 50 kg category (July 2008) and AIBA World Junior Boxing Championship held in Yerevan, Armenia in 52 kg category (May 2009).

Shiva Thapa

Ranked world number two after Sergey Krasnitsky from Russia in Junior World Male Rankings in 50 kg/110 lbs Flyweight Division, Shiva Thapa is in Gangtok along with his father Padam Thapa and Private Secretary\, Nanda Kirat Dewan looking for some financial assistance in order to have an advance expertise training at London in United Kingdom. Speaking from Hotel Silverline at Gangtok, Padam Thapa, father of Shiva Thapa told that they had came all the way from Assam in hope to get some sponsors and financial build up for his son’s training proceedings. They had emailed PK Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim about their financial condition and the Chief Minister in reply to their email had given some assurance as such they were expecting to have an appointment with the Chief Minister, added Padam Thapa.

The trio of Shiva Thapa in the centre, Padam Thapa his father to his right and Nanda Kirat Deawan to his left. Nanda Kirat Dewan.

Shiva is aiming for London Olympic 2012, we are here at Gangtok to meet people and have ideas as how can we help Shiva’s talent go un-wasted, said Nanda Kirati Dewan, Shiva’s consultant. In meanwhile Press Club of Sikkim on 23rd at Gangtok felicitated Shiva Thapa for his brilliant performances in his short career.

Friday, September 25, 2009

THE VOICE OF SIKKIM {The Newspaper (1983}



VOL 1/No.28
21 August 1983


Navin C Gurung

East Point English School days

Old photographs does take you to those bygone days and one such moment was when Tashi Lama, one of my very good friend from Singtam send me old school days photograph. He was a class junior to me at East Point English School at Singtam now more famous and upgraded to East Point SSS. Tashi send me two photographs and both of them was more than nostalgic for me and i do remember that particular moment at instance.

The dance program was performed by the school students during the 1990 Independence Day at Singtam Mandi Bazaar. The ground is no more here instead a shopping complexion have been erected. In almost 19 years i have forgotten the names of few guys who were dancing then. The two person that really excited me in the photograph was of Sapna Verma and Pem Tshring Bhutia. Thanks to internet, i came across Sapna after more than 18 years this late winter and it was more than pleasure exchanging scraps with her. With Pem Tshring, we studied from Nursery till class xii after which he left for veterinary studies and is vet doctor, now more in a respectable government job.

I still remember this 15th August football match that was held at Bardang. The year was 1989. The match was played for those player under 5'3" even i was measured but i was 2-3 inch more and was not selected but we the school mates did went to watch the match. In the practice session Tashi was given practised as a goal keeper but on that particular match Pem Thsring was made the goal keeper. The result was as expected our school team lost that particular match by nine goal to nil.

And this is Tashi with the haruwa cup.....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1938 London printed Reader Digest

I had been planning to set up a personal museum at Singtam since sometime and for that i had been collection stuffs. My dream museum shall hold library, photo gallery, stamps and bank notes exhibits, antiques, old records, different newspapers, autographs and others. It might just take some time to hold my dream to come to reality but for people who appreciate my work i shall share some of those stuffs....

1938 London printed Reader Digest

My daughter prepares for fancy dress competition

My three and half year old daughter Sristikaa prepares for her school fancy dress competition.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Nachyo Babari thrills young Burung students

SINGTAM: They came, they saw but they did not conqueror and yet they were winners at their own rights. The first round exit from the audition of the Nachyo Babari held at SDF Bhawan in Gangtok on September 13 did not deter the minds of students of Burung Primary School near Singtam. The mere opportunity to perform at the stage of state level competition was more than life long experience for them. Burung Primary School on its twenty fourth year of its establishment broke their jinx when they send their five students along with their choreographer to participate for the dance competition. All girls’ group dance participants included students of age group fourteen and fifteen. All the students were visiting Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim for the very first time.

The student group had presented their dance performance from Uttam Pradhan’s Nepali debut film “Darpan Chaya”, who was one of the three judges along with Kamal Rai and Pema Tsedun. The three judges did appreciate the performance of Geeta Sharma, the dance choreographer and she was passed on good wishes to for it. Geeta Sharma in her early 20s is an upcoming dancer from Singtam. The other dancers included Sumitra Pradhan, Lakpa Diki Sherpa, Min Chettri, Nisha Pradhan and Ashika Tamang.

Speaking on the occasion, Lakpa Diki Sherpa, the youngest of the six dancers told that it was something that they had not dreamn’t and shall not forget it easily in future. That was echoed by rest of the dancers too. Indira Rizaal, dance instructor and a school teacher added we wanted to help those students expand their vivid interest. Such extracurricular activities were important for the students as well as for teachers after the completion of the second term examinations, to start refresh. The school authority also thanked the Swar Sikkim team for the opportunity to participate in the competition.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I am participating at National Philatelic Exhibition

I am participating at the National Single Frame Philatelic Exhibition to be held at Vadodara. The theme of my exhibit is " Sikkim through Philately". My participation is accepted after i saw the name of my exhibit posted on their web site.

Three countries in a single photograph

This photograph is really interesting from Fun Enclave, watch the three country lying side by side and separated by the river.The countries are Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pandam Garhi surfaces stone inscription

A stone tablet found at Pandam Garhi

Pandam Garhi is one such place that had always fascinated me. Several stories stay behind the backdrop of its origin that had been drawing interest among the common man since ages. I had heard few war narrative related to the Pandam Garhi (fort) and Teen Jhurrey fort where the armies from opposite camp used to throw round river stone towards each other. This age old method of throwing stone are more of legends webbed in stories transferred from one generation to another. I am told that people discovered rusted arrows, cannon balls and a ‘jhatoa’ used for grinding grains and other objects in recent years by the cattle grazers and by people moving to the jungle in search of woods.

But this summer the discovery that was found underneath the shifted rock boulders and muddy debris of Pandam Garhi have excited the local people out there. Stone tablets, pottery pieces and few other bits and pieces of history related to the region were found by the locals at the recent renovation of the legendary Pandam Garhi wall. Two inscribed stone tablets were found that could not be deciphered by the locals. Also found from the site were broken pieces of pottery materials and more than half a dozen round river stone used for throwing at the enemies. Above all one more interesting item was found underneath the stones, the local people had collected few burned blackened charcoal pieces.

The legendary ruined wall at Pandam is 16 km up-hill climb from Rangpo. Never in the pages of a history book do we come across its talk about when it was build or how it was constructed at the top of the hill. Over the years many theories had evolved regarding its origin. Some theorists associate the fort with some Lepcha legends while there are few who disagree to it and have their own adage. They make us believe it was one of the Chogyals who constructed it to stop the approaching Bhutanese army from entering Sikkim. The last theory to add up already baffled and made controversial says it was one of Gurkha General from Nepal who constructed the fort along with the Kalika Mandir also called Nishani Mandir just below it. With each theory making questions over my mind I decided to have my second trek to the Pandam Garhi. I had with me few friends, some canned foods, few bottles of water, few photographs from my last visit and lots of excitement to carry my instinct towards the steep valley climb.

I do not know how other feels about the origin of the name “Pandam” but what I had learnt about the naming of this place is related to one of the most contentious episode in Sikkim royal history. Pende Ongmu, the half-sister of Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal, the third Chogyal of Sikkim had successfully deliberated the murder of the Chogyal at Rabdanste and had gone hiding. She is believed to have been found at the fort of Pandam as such the name of the place is called Pendem after Pende Ongmu who was later taken to Namchi where she was put to death. The more popular name Pandam of today could be the angelized name of Pendem.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Family Photograph of Chogyal Sir Tashi Namgyal (mid 1920s)

Photo shared by Karma Bhutia

Chogyal Tashi Namgyal standing behind his wife Maharani Kunzang Dechhen.

Children in front from photo's L-R:

Crown Prince Paljor Namgyal, Chogyal P.T.Namgyal, Princess Pema Tsedeun

Information shared by Tina Tashi

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Karte von Sikhim u. Ost-Nipal


"Original lithograph, handcolored in outline. Detailed map of Sikhim and Eastern Nipal with the neighbouring Tibet and Mt. Kintschin-Djunga based on the expeditions of Dr. J.D. Hooker. The map provides pretty good information on elevations, various woods, mountains, rivers, glaciers and monastries. In the lower right corner a small inset map to the ‘Sikhim-Himalaya’. In excellent condition. Gotha, Justus Perthes. 1861 (24,4 x 19,2 cm) Condition: Excellent [Stock No.: 18524]"

Sikkim’s antique Generator and Turbine needs a place in history

From Sikkim Express

Energy and Power Department
Government Of Sikkim.

An old Turbine and generator is kept in the Diesel Power House in Gangtok under the energy and Power Department. The Turbine in question pertains to the old Power House at Ranikhola which was build in the year 1932. This was considered the first and one of the oldest Power Houses under the state power Department during those days when Sikkim PWD and power department were considered as one Department.

This Generator’s capacity was 50 KW, manufactured by English Motor Electric Co England. It may be mentioned here that the power generated from this Power House use to be transmitted by the ways of 3.3kv line to serve the entire town as well the Royal Palace.

The old Darjeeling toy train of narrow gauge has been given due recognition from UNCESO as a world heritage site. Similarly, if the State Government, especially the Power Department, is interested, it can also provide a befitting resting place for the old generator and showcase it as a part of Sikkim’s developmental history. What is needed here is a sort of museum/exhibition stall to keep this piece of history. It would be a great tourist attraction as well as research material for students.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Crown Prince Tenzing of Sikkim

Here i am sharing few photographs related to Royal family of Sikkim from the collection of a gentleman from Australia named Harold. He was kind enough to let me share his collection that also includes letters send by Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal. He writes for his blog Radical Royalist, that speaks of the volumes of his love for Royal Monarchies across the globe. To speak off he does have a nice collection of write ups and photographs of monarchies that have lost to the wheel of clock.

To start with, below is the photograph of Crown Prince Tenzing of Sikkim, son of the 12th Chogyal and Sangey Deki, daughter of Yapshi Samdu Phodrang of Tibet. The Crown Prince died in a car accident on 11th March 1978.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Hope Cook presented Sikkim men's boot to USA Museum (1966)

This boot was presented to Milwaukee Public Museum, USA by Hope Cook, the Queen of Sikkim in 1966.

The display to its right say :


"In 1959, Hope Cooke, an American student, met Palden Thondup Namgyal, the Prince of Sikkim, at a hotel in India. They fell in love and in 1963 their fairy tale wedding enraptured the American public. The Prince was named Chogyal, or King, later that year, making Cooke the Gyalmo, or Queen of Sikkim, the first American Queen of a foreign land. In 1966, Her Highness donated the young men's leather boots from Sikkim to the Museum so there could be something from her adopted country on display."

Nehru and Indira Gandhi in Sikkim (1968)

Gangtok, 1st October, 1968

Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal,
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,
Princess Sangay Dekila,
Sir Tashi Namgyal,
Shrimati Indira Gandhi [in kho (Bhutia Dress)],
Princess Pema Tsedeun and
Ashi Tashi Dorji of Bhutan.

Information provided: Tenzin Chukie Tashi

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

CLARITY ON CITIZENSHIP (Indian of Sikkimese Origin)

from Sikkim Online

Indian of Sikkimese Origin

On 26th April 1975, Sikkim was appointed as 22nd state of India. On that day, Sikkim Citizens, Subject holder (Sikkimese) became Indian Citizen according to “Sikkim (Citizenship) Order, 1975” which says “Every person who immediately before the 26th day of April, 1975 was a Sikkim Subject under the Sikkim Subject Regulation 1961, shall be deemed to have become a citizen of India on that day”. As the Indian Constitution does not provide dual citizenship and there exist only citizenship for the whole of country, therefore, the regulation which provided Sikkim Citizenship (Subjects) commonly known as “Sikkim Subject Regulation Act, 1961” was repealed on 13th Sep 1975 according to “Adaptation of Sikkim Laws (No.1) Order” power conferred by clause (l) of Article 371-F of the Constitution which took effect from 26th April 1975 (appointed day). A million dollar question arises here. Who were Sikkim Subjects pre-merger? The answer lies in here that before the promulgation of Sikkim Subject Regulation Act, 1961, there were no proper data of Sikkim domicile or regulation which regulated Sikkim Subjects. People from neighboring areas freely and easily settled here. According to Article VII (1) of Indo-Sikkim Treaty, 1950, citizen of both countries were provided free movement on each other’s territory and Article VII (2) (a) (b) permitted the citizen of both countries to carry trade, commerce and right to hold property on each other’s territory.

Hence, for verification and to provide proper documentation and domicile to its citizen, “Sikkim Subject Regulation Act, 1961” was promulgated by the 11th Chogyal, Sir Tashi Namgyal on 3rd July, 1961. Initially, when the Act was drafted, there was a public outcry against the Act, as it did not include the majority section. But finally, the controversy was soon over as the Act was later amended on 1962 which provided with Sikkim Citizenship to every rightful citizens of Sikkim.

Likewise, section 3 of the Act provided Sikkim Subject, which said:
Certain persons domiciled in Sikkim Territory at, the Commencement of the Regulation to be Sikkim subjects-

(1) Every person who has his domicile in the territory of Sikkim immediately before the commencement of this Regulation shall be a Sikkim Subject if he-

(a) was born in the territory of Sikkim and is resident therein, or

(b) has been ordinarily resident in the territory of Sikkim for the period of not less then fifteen years immediately preceding such commencement: Provided that in counting the said period of fifteen years any absence from the said territory on account of service under the Government of India shall be disregarded; or

(c) is the wife or minor child of a person mentioned in clause (a) or clause (b):

Provided that a person shall not be a Sikkim subject under this section unless he makes a declaration to the effect that he is not a citizen of any other country at the time of inclusion of his name in the register of Sikkim subjects to be maintained under this Regulation:

These were the guidelines and criteria lay under the Regulation to become a Sikkim subject or let say “Sikkimese”. Sikkim’s Citizenship was given to all, regardless of race, caste, creed and color. No where at the Regulation, it was written that Sikkim Citizenship will be provided only to the hills men and not to the plainsmen. This Act was one of the most impartial laws in the history of Sikkim. This Act was a choice to be Sikkimese. Some didn’t opt to be Sikkimese then as they didn’t surrender the citizenship of their parent country, which was one of the criteria to acquire the Sikkimese Citizenship.

Though, Sikkim Subject Regulation Act, 1961 has been repealed after the merger with the Indian Union as mentioned above, Today, the descendent of then Sikkimese are provided with Certificate of Identification. Today, we, every descendent of Sikkimese Subjects are an Indian of Sikkimese origin. Today, we are Sikkimese not because we were born here, but because our fore fathers had the right and choose to be one.

It is true; Part III of the Indian Constitution “Fundamental Rights” provides equal rights to every citizen of India. Having said that, at the same time Part XXI of the Constitution also provides special provision to certain areas and its people. Likewise, Sikkim and its people (Sikkimese) have been provided with special provision under Article 371-F of the Indian Constitution.

Article 371-F was included in the Indian Constitution according to 36th Amendment Act in the year 1975, which were the condition and an agreement between the people of Sikkim and the Indian Union for the merger. In the same manner, Article 371-F (k) protects old laws of Sikkim. Under the same, according to Government Service rule 4(4) 1974, only locals (Sikkimese) are recruited at Government job which falls under the state list of the seventh schedule of the Constitution. Non-Sikkimese isn’t allowed to hold property at rural areas, along with few more safeguards. Regardless today, Sikkimese or Non-Sikkimese, every Indian Citizen can pursue Central Government jobs here in Sikkim, carry out trade, business or run a company and many more.

Sikkim, post merger with the Indian Union has lost more, than compared to what we have gained with respect to Article 371-F. We’ve lost our Nation; we’ve lost our nationality, lost our identity, majority Sikkimese lost their seats in assembly. Its very pity that our politicians still plays the politics of “Sikkim Subject”, which unfortunately many Sikkimese are not aware that “Sikkim Subject Regulation Act, 1961” itself was repealed way back on 1975 which regulated the Sikkim Subjects. All these can’t be compared with any amount of money flow or virtual development done by the Central Government. Democracy in Sikkim has been written with the blood of Sikkim mother’s bravest son Martyr Basant Kumar Chettri and sacrifices done by many more unknown heroes.

Though today, every Sikkimese is proud to call him/her self’s Indian, so do I. The feeling “We are Indian” should not flush out from the hearts and mind of Sikkimese people for a larger perspective. But it is mainly in the hands of Union Government and as well as Local Government for how long this feeling and perception remains in the heart and mind of the Indian of the Sikkimese origin.

Nawin Kiran,
Working President,
All Sikkim Educated Self Employed & Unemployed Association,

Balidan Diwas observed in Shillong

Kalimpong (BGP Media Cell) :

The Bharatiya Gorkah Parisangh, Meghalaya State organised the Balidan Diwas (Martyr’s Day) on 25th August 2009. In the morning the president of Meghalaya unit of BGP unfurled the flag a Gorkha Pathsala Ground.

A blood donation camp was organized at 10am in the Thakurbari cultural hall in collaboration with Regional Pasteur Institute and Meghalaya Blood Bank. Fourteen people donated their blood including Sri CM Adhikari, a 65 year old advocate and Vice President BGP, Meghalaya state. The Blood Donation camp was declared open by Rev. Enos Das Pradhan, General Secretary of the Church of North India (CNI), New Delhi. At the camp Dr. Nongrum spoke about the awareness and benefit of donation blood to help the poor and the needy. He further appraised the gathering that the blood donated does not harm the health of a person as it is regenerated shortly with a couple of weeks. Therefore, people should not hesitate to donate blood. At the outset, Sri JN Koirala, General Secretary of BGP, Meghalaya State gave the welcome address; M/S Rapsang Group of Industries donated 20 bottles of horlicks to the blood donors as a gesture to thank the blood donors.

The final football match of Shaheed Major Durga Mall Memorial Invitation Football Tournament was played at 2.30 pm in the Gorkha Pathsala School Ground. Sri Bindo M. Lanong, Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya was the chief guest of the football final where Sri Manas Chowdhary, local MLA and Rev. Dr. Enos Das Pradhan were the guests of honour. Sri Manas Chowdhary in his speech suggested to the Government of Meghalaya to name the football field in the name of martyr major Durga Mall which was supported by Sri Bindo M. Lanong, Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya. Sri Lanong in his speech said that naming of this football field in the name of Durga Mall would be the befitting tribute to the martyr. The veteran politician and social worker, Sri D. N. Joshi graced the occasion by his august presence despite his ill health. His presence added fervour in the tournament. Sri Madhu Sudan Singh Rawat in his brief speech narrated the life history of martry Major Durga Mall and the significance of observing the day as Balidan Diwas. He further said that Major Durga Mall was hanged by the Imperialist British Government for fighting against the British Government to free our mother land from the slavery. Martyr Major Durga Mall was caught by the enemy forces while he was deputed to collect strategic information of the enemy force at Ukhrul, Manipur. Major was sent to the gallows on 25th August 1944. Further Sri Rawat informed the gathering that the Mehglaya State Unit of BGP has been providing funds to the poor and downtrodden students since 2006 to encourage the poor students to acquire education since they could not afford to go to schools due to financial handicap. Till date this organization has financed 98 students consisting of 10 schools. The BGP proposed to render financial help to more students in future and try to provide books and uniforms to the poor students. Sri Rawat thanked all who provided fund for this noble cause.

The game was kicked off at 230pm. The players and referee were introduced to the Deputy Chief Minister. The game was very contesting. Both Jhalupara A (Unified) and Barapathr Sports Club demonstrated a quality game. The Jhalupara team proved better than the opponent as they scored three goals and won the match 3-0.

11 teams of different localities of Shillong and Ri-Bhoi District participated in the tournament. Sri Rahul Sarki of Naspatighari was adjudged the best player of the tournament and the best goalkeeper was awarded to Sri Sanjiv Sankar of Trisul Club. The game was supervised by Sri Bishnu Mawling, Sri Marwein, Sri Khongrim and Sri R. Rani.

This release is based on the input supplied by Shri J. N. Koirala, Gen Secretary, BGP, Meghalaya State.

Sushma Dahal wins Prativa ko Khoj

Sushma Dahal, a class x student from Chujachen SSS was adjudged the winner of the above 15 years age group singing competition held at SDF Bhawan , Gangtok on August 30, 2009. The musical competition organised by Sagar Prakashan Gramin Prativa Samrakchan Society, Taksang showcased the local talents from all the corners of the state. Over 500 participants had participated in the competition. The show was highlighted as the Rural Level Talent Hunt (Gramin Staaar Ma Pratibha Ko Khoj).

Sushma Dahal being introduced with the Chief Guest State Buildings Minister Tilu Gurung

Sushma Dahal was given a tough rivalry by the other 12 competitors to win the coveted prize. Her song “Mann lage Jodi dinna” was well appreciated by the enthralling crowds the judges. The day also saw other singing and dancing competition on different categories. Minister Tilu Gurung was the Chief Guest of the event. The prize distributions shall be held at September 6th during the Gramin Prativa Evam Shrastha Samman Sammelan at Pakyong Community Centre.

Sushma Dahal singing at the competition.