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Title: A Glance on the Movement for Democracy in Sikkim (1947-1975)
Other Titles: Karatoya, NBU J. Hist. Vol 10, March 2017, p 164 - 174
Authors: Lepcha, Anira Phipon
Keywords: Sikkim
democratic movement
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: The Indian struggle for independence from the British Raj had an indelible mark on the democratic movement in Sikkim. The institution of kazi and thekadar survived under the patronage of the Chogyals since 1642 became more and more corrupt. They exploited/subjugated masses through various means. Although people were fuming because of the exploitation of the kazis and the thikadars, they didn't voice it loud until stimulated by the Indian Independence in 1947. A document named 'A few facts about Sikkim State, ' which was published in 1947 can be regarded as an spark for the movement that followed later, which led to the merger of Sikkim with India, which many claim, was against the will of the majority of people who for all intents and purposes desired for democracy. This paper is an attempt to look into the episodes of the movement of democracy in Sikkim post 1947. Attempt has also been made to highlight the role of the Lepcha leaders, Ruth Lepcha in particular.
ISSN: 2229-4880
Appears in Collections:Karatoya Vol.10 (March 2017)

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