LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
After the independence of India, Sikkim continued its protectorate status with the union of India after 1947, and the Republic of India after 1950. In 1975, due to geo-political compulsion, Indian Army took over the town of Gangtok, which is presently the capital of Sikkim. Later, a referendum was held that led to the deposition of the monarchy and Sikkim joined India as 22nd State on May 16, 1975.
Ever since the state of Sikkim came into existence, it has scripted a story of success and development. Even though it is a small state, it is yet a happy state. The administration could reach every nook and corner. It is bordered with Republic of China, which is continuously fingering the border. The good news is that it has made remarkable success in tourism, power and agriculture sector. The state was first to have been declared as fully organized state. It was merged with North East Region and became the eighth state in 2002, though it has no direct touching with North Eastern states. The idea was to facilitate the state to take advantage of NEC schemes, which were well thought of and paid a rich dividend.
This month Senior Professor Purushottam Nayak and Komal Singha have done an extensive research exclusively for Eastern Panorama and is our cover story this month. The story also highlights the concern of the region, particularly the minority community i.e Bhutia and Lebcha.
It is often said that history is dead and we should forget it. But sometimes it is interesting to look back. This month our Sunzu Bachaspatimuyum has written an article titled “Koirengei Airfield” which has a very special place in World War II.
The country has suffered because of COVID 19 pandemic. The economy was at its lowest ebb and large number of youths remained unemployed. In such scenario, elections were held in Bihar and By-poll elections in some seats were held at Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh etc. The one thing that has emerged from this election is that the Modi charisma is still alive and he is all set to come back to the power in 2024. The good news is that the chances of COVID vaccine is very high and may be, by the time you read this piece of article, it has already come.
Wish our readers a better 2021.