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Assam-Mizoram Row: A brief analysis from a Regional, Geo-Political & Security Perspective

Assam Mizoram Clash
Assam Mizoram Clash
“You can change friends, not neigbours.”- Former PM Late AB Vajpayee.

Assam as the elder sister:

The above-mentioned quote was said by former PM Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. During the 2003 India-Pakistan bilateral summit held in Agra. This particular quote can be apt with the ongoing border dispute between the NE states of Assam & Mizoram. Assam is the gateway to the entire NE region land route-railway & road transport. It is laden with a lot of responsibilities as the elder sister among the seven sister states. The recent dispute between the Assam and Mizoram, if escalates again, can have a greater geopolitical and security implications.

Ethnic overlap:

The flow of Burmese refugees in Mizoram following the recent military coup in Myanmar highlights the question about the global migrant crisis. The fate of the uprooted refugees from a conflict zone in a foreign land. Mizoram however shares an approximately 500 km long porous border with the Chin state of Myanmar. It is the home of the majority Kuki-Chin speaking communities of Myanmar.

Thus, also acts as the sign for the sense of linguistic and ethnic belongingness, as the Mizo language is a part of the Kuki-Chin language family. These refugees from Myanmar welcomed by the Mizo hospitality, considering the ethnic overlapping. Further exemplified by news report (June this year) said the allocation of funds by Mizoram for the refugee on humanitarian grounds. However, rehabilitating several refugees automatically doubles the state’s resources which also includes land. Also, speculated that the recent border dispute between the two states over land might be having an angle, determined from this perspective from Mizoram’s side.

Assam border concerns:

Assam already has boundary dispute with the neighbouring states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and even Arunachal Pradesh. It is now facing problems with Mizoram. This led to a violent incident, witnessed the death of Assam Police jawans along with many jawans being injured.

Assam and Mizoram:

Let‘s examine the geopolitical and security dimensions of the crisis between the two states. The People’s Republic of China (China/PRC), an emerging hegemon of the 21st century has got a significant number of stakes in India’s NE region. From claiming Arunachal Pradesh as their territory of South Tibet to supporting the last remnants of the NE insurgents against the Indian state. Thereby acting as an invisible foreign hand in destabilizing the region. China’s role and influence can’t be ignored, as its footprints are already expanding the South East Asian region. It is India’s destination in the “Act East initiative” and its route is obviously via the NE region of India. Enhancing the Act East initiative means synchronising the overall development of the NE region from infrastructure to connectivity, seen a pace since 2014. This includes the Kaladan Multi-modal project too where Mizoram is a major stakeholder.


A deteriorated state of the relationship will lead to Assam not being able to extract benefits from Mizoram and vice versa. Disturbance along the Assam-Mizoram border can further ignite the other states to demand their territorial claims over the boundary issue. In 2017 Hindustan Times reported the statement by the Chinese state media saying ‘rising Hindu Nationalism’ hijacked India’s China Policy.


Considering the ideological leanings of the current ruling party in Assam, it will be not wrong if we consider the China factor here. It may be having a diabolical agenda of creating instability in India’s NE region. With motive to disrupt the ongoing developmental works in the region, by covertly provoking certain mischievous elements. If the crisis escalates again in future, it will be detrimental to both sides, considering the dissatisfaction by the people of Assam.

Above all, in January 2019, massive demonstrations against the ‘Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016’ (Now CAA) took place in Mizoram which even witnessed signs that said “Hello China..Bye Bye India”.

Slogans like these only mean providing an upper hand and leverage to the adversarial nation of China. They can take enormous advantage of it for their nefarious agenda about which I mentioned above. If similar outbreak of a similar or crisis resurfaces then external actors will indirectly or covertly fulfil their expansionist objective. Therefore, a peaceful settlement framework under the aegis of New Delhi is a must. So, that it prevents the domestic crisis/issue from being used by India’s adversaries.

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Assam- Mizoram Border Dispute, 6 killed

Assam Mizoram Land dispute
Assam Mizoram Land dispute

An unfortunate incident occurred in North-East India yesterday evening when both the police forces of Mizoram and Assam clashed over at Lailapool of Cachar district, which has been known as a flashpoint of inter-state border clashes for decades. This time, it took an extremely barbaric turn when alleged Mizo assailants loaded with Light machine guns ( seen in different videos) fired on the Assam side leaving 5 jawans of Assam police dead on the spot and injuring around 65-75 more people.

IPS Vaibhav, SP, Cachar was shot too after which he was admitted to the ICU of Silchar Medical College. He may be flown to Mumbai for higher treatment. Meanwhile, the PSO of DC, Cachar was shot at to which he succumbed.

Both Assam Govt and Mizoram Govt have narrated their version of the story. But, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma strongly condemned the inhumane, undemocratic move of Mizoram Police and has talked with Mizoram CM over the incident. While CM Sarma thinks that this issue can be solved over discussions after satellite imaging surveys, he has also allowed Assam Police to retaliate and open fire from now on.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Monday, urged Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga to investigate this matter saying why civilians from his states were holding sticks and trying to incite violence on the Assam-Mizoram border.

He said, “Honble Zoramthanga Ji, could you please investigate why are civilians from Mizoram holding sticks and trying to incite violence? We urge civilians to not take up law and order on their own hands and permit peaceful dialogue to take place between governments.”

The Assam Govt has announced 50 lakh compensation for the family of every Jawan deceased in this unfortunate incident that rocked the Nation and has promised Govt a job for a person in the family of the deceased. He has also declared to raise a Commando- Batallion of 3000 soldiers for the protection of Barak Valley.

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Enhanced rainfall activities over Sikkim during the period 28th June to 2nd July

corona sikkim
Corona case in Sikkim

On Sunday, Meteorological Department (IMD) said the Sikkim will witness heavy rainfall as the southwest monsoon will be covered in the Sikkim region.

Advancing further, the Southwest Monsoon covered the Sikkim region, nearly four days after its normal date.

Special Weather Bulletin Gangtok Said “Monsoon is advancing very well. It has advanced to Sikkim and parts of West Bengal 4 to 5 days in advance. The monsoon flow is strong and southwesterly winds have picked up on a large scale”

And around Sikkim- Rongli, Chungthang: 3 each; Shipgyer, Dentam: 2 each; Gangtok, Mazitar, Khanitar, Namthang, Damthang, Gyalshing: 1 each has Chief rainfall amount(in cm) recorded.

Current Meteorological Condition is saying that The northern Limit of southwest monsoon (NLM) continues to pass through Lat. 26°N / Long. 70°E, Barmer, Bhilwara, Dholpur, Aligarh, Meerut, Ambala and Amritsar. The trough at mean sea level now runs from East Uttar Pradesh to northwest Bay of Bengal across Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal

IMD has classified that the progress is going to slow over the next two days, i.e 28th June.

According to Weather Forecast Due to the expected shifting of the trough of low-pressure area north-wards and strong moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal, rainfall activities over all the districts of Sikkim very likely to be enhanced during the period 28th to 02nd July 2021. During this period, heavy to very heavy rain (07-20 cm) is very likely to occur at isolated places over the state, especially all over East and North Sikkim.

Sikkim has been witnessing heavy rainfall since last week causing heavy damage in Gangtok areas due to landslides. It’s also reported that landslide appeared in Some parts of North Sikkim which also caused east and north connecting bridge.

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Sikkim to get Sikkim House in Mumbai, relief for medical visitors


On 31st January 2021, the Honourable CM of Sikkim PS Golay has announced Sikkim will have a Sikkim house in Mumbai soon.

Speaking with The Sikkim Today team in January 2021 in West Sikkim, Chief Minister PS Golay has approached Maharashtra Government for the construction of a Sikkim house in Navi, Mumbai on which the Maharastra govt agrees to accept this.

This house will be 6 km from the nearest airport and 2 km from Tata memorial hospital which be will easy for Sikkimese patients to get connected nearby.

Earlier lots of people from Sikkim who used to go to Mumbai for treatment but can’t find a reasonable place to stay and the Chief minister thought this Sikkim house will be accessible for those who are going to Mumbai for medical treatment.

Yesterday in Sikkim legislative assembly, Honourable Chief minister said ” Maharashtra government has approved our proposal to construct Sikkim House Navi Mumbai near the Tata Memorial Hospital which is one of the top hospitals in the country”

Land measuring 4000 square meter which is almost 1 acre has been allotted for which Rs 11 crore 97 lakhs has already been paid and taken in possession, said HCM in the Assembly.

This will ease the financial burden on our people travelling to Mumbai for treatment and also assist them in other matters,” Chief Minister P.S. Golay in his Budget speech on Monday.

Earlier, the patient from Sikkim used to stay in Hamro Chhahari which was launched years back by the Nepali community from overall which cost only 300/per day Room. But getting a room in Hamro Chhahari is also very difficult for many patients.

Protective Wall Binding Teesta Collapses Posing Threat For Erosions.


The recent incessant rains in the state have transformed small streams into raging torrents and increased the water volumes of big Rivers like Teesta. The sudden rise in water level is an alarming bell for a few disasters in making. A portion of the protective wall guiding the flow of the Teesta has been washed away. A complete washout is evident if not taken care of and we are only in the first week of June.

The illegal quarrying, sand mining and breaking up of river boulders is the main reason for rivers to change courses and pose a threat. If this issue is not addressed at the earliest, the under-construction via-duct might be damaged.

Also, the settlements near the river belts are always at a threat during every monsoon. Most of the river belts in Sikkim have been plundered by sand mafias and river boulders broken down by stone breakers to feed them into the illegal crusher plants mushrooming in every nook and corner along the riverside. Sikkim is inviting a catastrophe and this will be man-made and not natural.

Sikkim’s Sanjay Budhathoki win Bronze at Asian Championship


Sikkim’s Bodybuilder Sanjay Budhathoki from Sikkim win the Bronze medal at the Asian Championship in men’s bodybuilding held in Bangkok today on 26th November 2023. 

Sanjay Budhathoki, the bodybuilder from Sikkim, win a Bronze medal at the Asian Championship in men’s bodybuilding held in Bangkok on November 26, 2023. 

Hailing from Rorathang, East Sikkim, he faced tough competition from bodybuilders of Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, and Australia, emerging as the victory.

This win adds to Budhathoki’s international success as he has won medal many time securing second and third in recent events, Budathoki was was chosen to represent Sikkim at the WFF PRO-AM Universe Championship in Celay, Guanajuato, Mexico, from July 14th to 16th, following his notable 4th position in the 75 kg category at the 2022 Mr. Universe competition in Bangkok.

Sanjay Budhathoki’s with his notable 4th position in the fiercely contested 75 kg category at the 2022 Mr. Universe competition in Bangkok. 

He continues to bring pride to Sikkim, showcasing not only his physical prowess but also a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence in the realm of international bodybuilding. 

Mushrooming of Private University In Sikkim, Matter of Concern


Country’s engineers may figure among the most powerful CEOs in the world, but the state’s university degree has lost its sheen over the years. According to a survey conducted by our Team, an employability assessment company, 70 percent of Sikkim’s degree holders are unemployable for any job in the knowledge economy. Notably, the citizens stated that a greater number of private institutions have been mushrooming in Sikkim, be it for degrees or skills.

During the boom of Manipal’s Distance Learning, some private universities eyes to enter in Sikkim. However, these institutes lacked an updated curriculum and focused on non-existent linkages with the industry, resulting in a poor student-faculty ratio. Except for SMU and NITs, these new universities failed to make their students job-ready. According to a recent report, M.Com students applied for Group D level jobs where the minimum qualification required is not more than a Class 12 passing certificate in the Sikkim Government.

The state experienced great placement when Diploma Institute was taking the lead until 2015, and the state didn’t witness any diploma technical university rising as it was booming in states like Tamil Nadu. Many institutions were planning to set up during that period to cater to this need, and Sikkim did reap benefits by supplying IT/Automobile knowledge workers to companies across India like Maruti/Honda/Tata before 2015.

While the rest of Indian Private University focuses on advertising to attract students from Sikkim, many went to Assam and Himachal to study Medical & Nursing. Dental education was booming in the southern part of India.

Former HRD secretary Ashok Thakur in 2019 noted that the issue was debated several times in AICTE, and the consensus was that it would not be legally correct to impose a blanket ban on setting up new institutions. “The state governments were taken on board on this, and their views differed from one another. It was thought that such issues cannot be regulated artificially and are best left to be decided by market forces, with the survival of the best performers.”

Sikkim has only two engineering universities – SMIT and NITs – and one medical university – SMIMS. SMIT is the oldest one which used to have great placement. Leaving aside the top engineering universities, the rest of the universities in Sikkim struggle to provide placements. In other institutions, the teaching-learning process is predominantly theoretical in the name of skill. Their curriculum is not aligned with the needs of the industry or society. The recent report found that only 40 percent of engineering graduates end up doing an internship, and 36 percent take up any projects beyond coursework. “There is a lack of faculty talking about the industry application of concepts in class or students getting exposure through industry talks. These need to be remedied by aligning the incentives of all stakeholders, building capacity, and gamification.”

Talking about skill development, there are a number of reasons skill development in Sikkim has not been able to achieve success in its objective. First, there is a huge gap in good-quality training infrastructure and a lack of holistic skills, which makes it challenging for individuals to upgrade their skills according to the market demand in India.

In Sikkim, mostly people who have pushed themselves into entrepreneurship have also failed to create jobs in the market. Some who have created a base in Sikkim have left for another state for a decent job leaving entrepreneurship. Tourism doesn’t benefit locals because students who have studied the tourism sector fail to enter into the tourism business. About 60-70 Percentage students who completed graduation between 2020-2022 are still looking for decent jobs and are also depending on getting government jobs before 2024 election.

Despite having a large number of pharmaceutical and hydro power industries and a tourism sector, Sikkim still fails to solve the unemployment issue in the long term.

Sikkim needs to focus on the quality of education with campuses and improving government institutions or universities first, rather than approving many private universities that can degrade the quality of education.

Seventh Session of Tenth Assembly of Sikkim Legislative Assembly Concludes with Unanimous Passage of Six Bills


The Seventh Session (Part-II) of the Tenth Assembly of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, presided over by Speaker Shri. Arun Kumar Upreti, commenced on 2nd November 2023 with a somber note of prayers and condolences extended to the families affected by the recent flooding of River Teesta. The Seventh concluded today.

In a seventh session, the Sikkim Legislative Assembly unanimously passed six significant Bills.

1) Sikkim Goods and Services Tax Amendment Bill, 2023: Introduced by Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang, who also serves as the Minister-in-Charge of the Finance Department, Government of Sikkim, this bill seeks to make necessary amendments to the Sikkim Goods and Services Tax regulations.

2) Sikkim Guru Padmasambhava University Bill, 2023: Minister-in-Charge of Education Department, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, introduced this bill, which has been successfully passed. The bill aims to establish a self-financing private university named “Sikkim Guru Padmasambhava University” in the State of Sikkim. The proposed university will be funded and sponsored by the Kanta Education and Research Foundation and will be  located at Syari Constituency, Gangtok District.

3) Sikkim Sardar Patel University Bill, 2023: Also introduced by Minister-in-Charge of Education Department, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, this bill was passed. Success Education Guidance Trust, registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882, intends to establish “Sikkim Sardar Patel University” in the state of Sikkim. The proposed university will be fully funded and sponsored by the Success Education Trust and located at Mikhola, Namchi District.

4) National Council for Skill Education, Sikkim Bill, 2023: Introduced by Minister-in-Charge of Skill Development Department, Shri Bhim Hang Limboo, this bill aims to establish a self-financing organization named “National Council for Skills Education” in the State of Sikkim. The proposed council will have its Head Office at Gangtok and District Centers in all Districts of Namchi, Gyalshing, Mangan, Pakyong, and Soreng.

5) EdTech Skills University, Sikkim Bill, 2023: Also introduced by Minister-in-Charge of Skill Development Department, Shri Bhim Hang Limboo, this bill proposes the establishment of a self-financing Skills University named “EdTech Skills University” in the State of Sikkim. The proposed University will establish its Main Campus at Jorethang, Namchi District.

6) Sikkim Aerial Ropeways Bill, 2023: Introduced by Minister-in-Charge of Urban Development Department Shri L.B. Das, this bill was passed. The bill addresses the challenges posed by rapid urbanization, including traffic congestion, particularly in hilly terrains like Gangtok. The proposed legislation aims to facilitate organized, safe, and reliable public transport systems.

Additionally, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Shri Aditya Golay, presented the 132nd report on performance audit of the Sikkim state Lotteries for the financial year 2010-11 to 2015-16. Furthermore, annual reports of the Sikkim Public Service Commission, Sikkim State Human Rights Commission, and Mines and Geology Department were presented in the house.

83rd Nar Bahadur Bhandari Jayanti Celebration commences at Soreng District


The State Level 83rd Nar Bahadur Bhandari Jayanti Celebration commenced with the Inter-College Debate Competition held at the Auditorium Hall of Government Senior Secondary School Soreng today.

The event was attended by Shri Aditya Golay, Area MLA Soreng-Chakung Constituency as the Chief Guest in the special presence of Shri CP Sharma, Press Advisor to HCM, Smt. Tila Devi Gurung, Zilla Adhakshya Soreng, Shri Bhim Thatal, District Collector Soreng, Shri Gaayas Pega, ADC (Dev.), Shri KB Chettri, CEO Soreng, Shri Dilip Sharma, DPO (Zilla), officers, teachers and students.

Addressing the house, Shri Golay offered deep gratitude towards the organising committee for organising the event as part of the Bhandari Jayanti Celebration. He then congratulated all the participants for taking part in the celebration. Further, he touched on a town hall and its importance while stating that it is an absolute necessity of Soreng.

Shri CP Sharma in his initial note welcomed the guests and all the present to the opening day of the 83rd Nar Bahadur Bhandari Jayanti Celebration. He then briefed the house regarding the day’s significance and the contribution made by Shri Bhandari in the past.

Concluding his speech he made an appeal to the people to take part in the NBBJ to witnessed the celebration on October 5.

The day saw a debate competition between the following colleges:

The First Round on theme “Bartaman Pariveshma Samajik Sanjaal, Yuva Pidi Ma Ghatak Bandai Jandai Cha/Chaina” witnessed a debating skills between Government Sanskrit College Samdong (Against) and Government Science College Chakung (For).

The Second Round on theme “Wekritima Lageko Adhunik Samajlai Susanskrit Parna Bakti Krantiko Jarurat Cha/Chaina” between Sancha Man Limboo Government College, Gyalshing (For) and Government Arts College, Mangsila (Against).

After a competitive debate, Government Sanskrit College Samdong and Sancha Man Limboo Government College, Gyalshing advanced to the next round.

Mr. Bhupen Timsina (Government Sanskrit College Samdong) and Ms. Binita Kami (Sancha Man Limboo Government College, Gyalshing) were awarded the Best Speakers of the day.

Historical feat of Modi Government, Women’s Reservation Bill gets Parliament seal


Our glorious nation India also termed as  ‘Bharat’ is land of ancient wisdom, a treasure trove of knowledge and tradition, her blessings are profound & a big source of inspiration that knows no bounds.

In recent years, India has emerged as a more assertive and influential player on the global stage and its relations with major super power nations have strengthened. This has been driven by a number of factors, including: India’s rapid economic growth, India’s growing military power, impressive diplomatic outreaches & India’s democratic values. These achievements have helped to improve the lives of millions of people and transformed India into a major global power.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a series of historical milestones in recent years. In yet another historic achievement of the BJP government, the significant Women’s Reservation Bill has been passed in both the houses of parliament with a clear majority. Hon’ble PM Modi’s consistent reinforcement for the Bill is a positive step forward. It exhibits that BJP is committed to women’s empowerment and building a more inclusive society. The successful passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill has been a major victory for democracy and for gender equality. This landmark bill has the potential to address the gender imbalance in Indian politics and provide women with equal representation.

The BJP has long recognized the importance of women in the overall development of the nation. In its manifesto, the BJP vowed to make women’s empowerment a top priority. Since coming to power, the BJP government has launched a number of initiatives aimed at uplifting women, focusing on their education, healthcare, and financial security.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed, the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill was a “historic moment” for India. He credited the people of India for making it possible, he said the bill was made possible by the people of India, who gave the BJP a full majority in the Lok Sabha elections. He also said that the bill is not just an ordinary law, but an announcement of a “new democratic commitment” for India.

The Women’s Reservation Bill reserves 33% of seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies for women. This Bill also envisages a sub-quota for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in proportion to their existing share. This inclusion aims to address the representation deficit faced by marginalized communities within the broader framework of women’s reservation.

The bill was pending in Parliament for almost three decades, and it is commendable that Hon’ble PM Modi remained firm & committed to passing it. The fact that the bill is being passed during a special session of Parliament suggests that the BJP government is serious about getting it done.

During the course of its passage, the crucial Bill traversed through many dramatic episodes. The Congress party’s ironic expression of calling the Women’s Reservation Bill an “election jumla”, exposed their egocentric mentality and cheap approach to politics. The main opposition party also termed it ‘distraction tactic’, by labeling the bill in this manner, Congress undermined the significance of the legislation and reduced it to a mere political gimmick. Moreover, it sheds light on the opposition’s habit of opposing positive developmental steps taken by the government. While politics is a serious affair, excessive opposition for the sake of opposition virtually creates a scenario of political polarization and gridlock. When opposition parties prioritize their political interests over the nation’s progress, it becomes challenging to find common ground and achieve consensus on important issues. At times, such inclinations could result in a stalemate and hinder the government’s ability to effectively implement developmental steps. The irony lies in the fact that the Congress party itself had repeatedly supported the Women’s Reservation Bill in the past. Regardless, now that the bill was presented by a different political party, Congress resorts to using sarcastic language to downplay its significance. This sudden change in stance exposes the opportunistic nature of their politics and developed an embarrassing situation in the political landscapes of the country.

It’s noteworthy to acknowledge that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had an opportunity to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in 2010, but it failed to do so due to lack of political will and deep political divisions within the alliance.

On the other hand, it seems that ‘God has given an opportunity to hon’ble PM Modi’ to solve the collective aspirations of a new Bharat into a new era of prosperity and development. Hon’ble PM Modi is a man of words, he has shown time and time again that he is committed to empowering women and giving them a voice in Indian society. The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is just one example of his commitment to this cause.

The whole country is delighted and proud of the Modi-led BJP party for the successful clearance of the Women’s Reservation Bill. This is a significant milestone for India, and it is especially heartening to see that women have great faith, hope, and trust in the Modi government, they are proud to live in a country where a strong and decisive leader like Modi is at the helm. 

The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill would likely be seen as a game-changer in Indian politics, hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to achieving the passage of the bill is commendable.

The bill’s potential impact on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is significant. Even though the bill will only come into effect after the delimitation of constituencies in 2026, its passage would undoubtedly create a positive narrative for the ruling party. The BJP is now poised to take credit for passing the bill, which is  a major achievement for the party. 

Overall, the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is a major victory for democracy and gender equality in the country and it will have a positive impact on the lives of millions of Indian women. This will lead to more diverse and inclusive decision-making, and it will also send a strong message that women are valued and respected in Indian society. The Modi-led BJP party has undertaken several initiatives to empower women in India, such as; Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Stand Up India, Mahila Shakti Kendra, Ladli Scheme, Kanyashree Prakalpa Yojana, Balika Samridhi Yojana, Ladli Laxmi Yojana, Dhanalakshmi scheme, similarly, 

Triple Talaq is now banned and abolished in India, this is a big achievement for Muslim women’s rights. It is a sign that BJP government is committed to protecting the rights of all of its citizens, regardless of their religion or gender, also the BJP ensures that all Muslim women have access to justice and equality.

The Women’s Reservation Bill is a victory for democracy, a beacon of hope, and a promise of a better tomorrow. Immense gratitude & congratulation to hon’ble PM Modi and BJP government for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill. BJP has made history and has given women the gift of hope, rights & empowerment.

Article Originally written by Monoj Joshi of Gangtok, Sikkim.

Celebrating PM Modi’s G20 Presidency; A momentous milestone


PM’s vision of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” has affectionately resonated across the globe & instilled a sense of national pride.

India is a land of diversity of faith, spirituality and traditions. This diversity has contributed to the richness of India’s history and culture, making it a truly unique and vibrant nation. As the ‘Mother of Democracy,’ its belief in democratic principles has been unwavering since time immemorial. The concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (“the world is one family”) is deeply embedded in the Indian soul, and it has guided India’s interactions with the world for centuries.

As India’s global influence grows, it remains committed to upholding the principles of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. This principle has guided India’s approach to international relations, emphasizing cooperation, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among nations. India believes that the world can only achieve peace and prosperity if we all work together as one family.

The 18th G20 Summit, which was held in India under the presidency of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was a resounding success. The summit, which took place in New Delhi on September 9 and 10, 2023, brought together leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies (representing around 85% of global GDP) to discuss a wide range of global challenges, including the global economy, climate change, and sustainable development.

In pride and glory, I express my heartfelt congratulations to our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, for the triumphant culmination of India’s G20 Presidency. Under his visionary leadership, India has ascended to new heights of international diplomacy, leaving an indelible mark on the global stage.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s personal engagement with G20 leaders has been instrumental in building trust and  bonhomie ambience. His eloquent advocacy for the Global South and his emphasis on inclusive growth & sustainable development highlighting India’s empathy and solidarity with developing nations have resonated deeply wide across the international community. 

India’s G20 Presidency, under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, can indeed be seen as a momentous diplomatic triumph for the country. Modi’s leadership of the G20 has been hailed as a voice of moderation, a beacon of hope in a world that is increasingly divided. Interestingly, Modi’s success as the G20 President has made him a role model for other developing countries. He has shown that developing countries can play a leading role in shaping the global agenda, synchronously balancing national interests with global commitments.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s deft stewardship has navigated India through complex global challenges, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be recalled here that India played a crucial role in building global cooperation and symmetry to address the health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic. India has also demonstrated its diplomatic acumen and commitment to multilateralism and international cooperation, recognizing that global challenges can only be solved through collective action.

Hon’ble PM Modi’s G20 leadership has been praised by world leaders, experts, and the media alike. He has been credited with his ability to bring together diverse nations and achieve concrete outcomes. His efforts to ensure that the voices of emerging economies were heard and their interests were taken into account were widely appreciated. The summit’s discussions and policy outcomes reflected a balanced approach that aimed to bridge the gap between developed and developing nations, fostering global economic stability and sustainable development. Hon’ble PM Modi’s emphasis on creating an open and transparent platform for discussions allowed for meaningful exchanges of ideas and perspectives. This led to the formulation of innovative strategies and collaborative approaches to tackle various global issues, such as climate change, economic growth, sustainable development, and cybersecurity

It’s a matter of big pride that the world leaders hailed India’s hospitality and praised humble Prime Minister Modi for presiding over a successful summit, reflecting its noteworthy message of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which encapsulated the attention of all the delegates. Again, it was heartening to note the name “Bharat” being officially accorded, the G20- 2023 (branding, logo) reflected both Bharat and India. 

Meanwhile, the US State Department official spokesperson Matthew Miller,  said, “We absolutely believe it was a success”, simultaneously, he praised hon’ble PM Modi for his “decisive leadership” and for advocating the voice of the Global South.

The G20 Presidency has also boosted Modi’s popularity and further consolidated his position as a supreme leader. He has been praised for his leadership and his ability to bring together the world’s leaders. Now, he has emerged as a key figure in global governance.

Since the G20 presidency in India was spread in about 25 major cities across the country, the summit provided a valuable platform for India to showcase its vibrant culture and diverse heritage, fostering a deeper understanding of India’s values, aspirations and goodwill among participating countries. Besides, it created a big boom for the country’s pride, infrastructure development and economy. During the course of hosting the summit across the country, India invested in new and upgraded infrastructure such as conference facilities, transportation networks and accommodation. This investment in infrastructure development created jobs, stimulated economic growth and left a lasting legacy for the country.

Similarly, India’s G20 Presidency provided a platform for all the states to showcase its economic potential and project India as an attractive destination for global investors. The summit attracted foreign delegates and tourists, boosting the hospitality and tourism industries. The increased visibility and attention from the international media also drew foreign investment and business opportunities.

India’s G20 Presidency has been a resounding diplomatic triumph, marked by a series of significant milestones. The adoption of the New Delhi Declaration, the establishment of a global debt distress resolution framework, the advancement of sustainable development goals, embodied with a shared commitment to building a more resilient, peaceful, prosperous and equitable world are just a few notable examples. Furthermore, the Delhi Declaration on the Ukraine-Russia war was a strong statement of support for the prevailing miserable situation and a call for an end to the conflict. These outcomes bear testament to India’s ability to galvanize global action and drive positive change.

In another milestone development, India succeeds Africa entering in the G20, the membership of the African Union was long overdue & it all resolved under India’s presidency, indeed, a significant breakthrough in G20 history. With Modi’s huge global reputation & the legacy of India’s clout, it capitalized its poweress to get incredible things done, so this was absolutely an outstanding summit of its kind.

At the outset, India’s successful Chandrayaan moon mission was an added feature in the G 20 Summit. India’s successful Chandrayaan Moon mission is a testament to the country’s scientific prowess and its commitment to international cooperation. Most benevolently, the moon mission’s logistics concept is “likely” to be shared with fellow countries in the interest of humanity, and this is a shining example of India’s commitment to Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the principle of the world being one family. India is a valuable member of the global community, and its incredible achievements in space exploration are a source of pride for the world community.

In a significant development, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for India’s aspirations for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council is a gesture of great pride & glory. Erdogan said, “A country like India being there on the UN Security Council, “we would be proud”. But as you know, the world is bigger than…larger than five.” This expression shows that the summit was an opportunity for India to strengthen its ties with other countries & to showcase its potential in the global standing.

India’s G20 Presidency was a watershed moment in its global journey. The summit demonstrated India’s growing influence and its ability to shape the global agenda. Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s leadership has catapulted India into a leading role on the world stage. His vision of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ has inspired millions across the globe. His leadership and acumen on issues such as climate change, sustainable development, and global health has earned huge respect and admiration of the international community. As India hands over the G20 Presidency to Brazil, it leaves behind a legacy of inclusiveness, cooperation, and progress. India has set a high standard for future G20 presidencies, and its contributions will continue to resonate in the years to come.

Once again, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi and his team for their outstanding contribution to India’s G20 Presidency. This historic achievement is a source of immense pride for all Indians. We are grateful for their dedication, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to India’s global aspirations. Long live our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, long live his reign & noble governance with full of grace forever embracing India’s pride & glory. We feel blessed and fortunate under your leadership. Your vision and compassion resonate pure and virtuous, our nation is strong and proud under your visionary leadership. May your benevolence, wisdom and good deeds be forever enshrined, in the hearts and souls of all humanity.

Originally written by Manoj Joshi of Gangtok; Sikkim. He can be contacted at Mob; 8918422242.

Sikkim University, Vidya Bharati Sikkim, and Sikkim Vir Gorkha Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association came together to celebrate “Meri Mati Mera Desh”


Sikkim University, Vidya Bharati Sikkim, and Sikkim Vir Gorkha Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association came together to celebrate “Meri Mati Mera Desh” on August 31, 2023, at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok, East Sikkim. 

The event was graced by the presence of Hon’ble Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh Ji, Minister of State for Education and External Affairs, Government of India, as the Chief Guest. Brigadier Dhananjai Palsokar, Sena Medal, Deputy General Officer Commanding 17 Mountain Division, was the Guest of Honour. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Sanjay Garg, OSD-AKAM, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, while the event was chaired by Prof. Avinash Khare, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University. Other notable attendees included District Collector Tushar Nikhare, representatives from the Armed Forces, awardees, and students.

 The program began with the Khada Arpan and Deep Prajwalan ceremonies. Prof. Veenu Pant introduced the program and delivered a welcome address. The highlight of the event was the Meri Mati Mera Desh pledge, which was administered by the Hon’ble Minister. 

Dr. Sanjay Garg’s keynote address focused on the objective of Ajadi Ka Amrit Mohotsav, which aims to honor and recognize the unsung heroes of the Indian Freedom Struggle. He spoke about the various programs organized under the banner of Ajadi Ka Amrit Mohotsav and emphasized the importance of celebrating and honoring our unsung heroes. 

Brigadier Dhananjai Palsokar, Sena Medal, shared his experiences serving on the border and highlighted the crucial role played by the Indian Forces. He emphasized the need for unity among all Indians, urging everyone not to divide themselves based on caste or religion. 

Hon’ble Minister of State for Education and External Affairs, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, spoke about India’s achievements in the past 75 years. He shed light on the idea behind Ajadi Ka Amrit Mohotsav, stating that it aims to recognize the contributions of all freedom fighters who may not have been adequately acknowledged. He encouraged all citizens to contribute towards the goal of 2047 and reiterated the importance of moving India forward. The Minister expressed gratitude to the brave soldiers and acknowledged the unwavering commitment of the Indian Armed Forces in safeguarding the nation. He also emphasized that as the journey of Amrit Mohotsav concludes, a new journey begins, known as Kartavya Kaal. He stressed the importance of remembering those who never returned from the borders and showing respect for their sacrifices and their families. He concluded his speech by thanking the Gorkha soldiers, Sikkim University, and Vidya Bharati Sikkim. 

Following the Minister’s speech, a program was held to honor decorated soldiers and the families of martyrs from the Indian Armed Forces. Mementos were also presented to the esteemed guests.

 The event concluded with a Presidential Address by Prof. Avinash Khare, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University. Prof. Khare highlighted the university’s efforts in language preservation, the implementation of the National Education Policy, and emphasized the importance of preserving traditions and languages in the Kartavya Kaal.

 The event ended on a patriotic note, with all attendees joining in singing the national anthem.

CM PS Golay Collaborates with Brahma Kumaris Sikkim to Celebrate Raksha Bandhan and Promote Unity


On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Chief Minister PS Golay hosted a event in collaboration with Brahma Kumaris Sikkim, aimed at unity, peace, and self-discovery among the staff and officials of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

The event, which took place in Gangtok, witnessed the presence of Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, along with his wife, Krishna Rai, Minister of Power Department M.N. Sherpa, Minister of PHE Department Bhim Hang Subba, Former Minister G.M. Gurung, and followers of Brahma Kumari, among other dignitaries.

Brahma Kumaris, known for their emphasis on meditation and self-realization, played a significant role during the event. They highlighted the importance of Raksha Bandhan, a festival that transcends religious boundaries and signifies the bond of protection and care between individuals. The organization’s involvement in Raksha Bandhan celebrations extends to diverse locations, including prisons and schools, showcasing their all-encompassing approach.

One of the highlights of the event was the premiere of the music video “Hamra Pyara Sikkim” by Hillman Films. The video beautifully captured the essence of Sikkim and its people, adding a touch of cultural significance to the celebration.

In his speech, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang expressed gratitude to Brahma Kumaris for their dedication towards world peace and their presence at the event. He stressed the importance of a peaceful foundation for success, regardless of one’s occupation. He further emphasized that working at the CM’s office is synonymous with working for the people of Sikkim, calling for unity among individuals.

The Chief Minister acknowledged the various Brahma Kumari centers in Sikkim and praised their commitment to the welfare of the people. He reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring peace and well-being in the state, underscoring the significance of teamwork.

PS Tamang (Golay) noted the remarkable progress within the state, which now offers improved medical facilities, eliminating the need for underprivileged individuals to seek treatment outside Sikkim. Similarly, students have access to free coaching classes, reducing the necessity to seek educational support elsewhere.

The event concluded with the Brahma Kumaris tying the pure knot of Raksha Bandhan to the staff of the CMO, symbolizing the bond of protection and care. Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang and his wife felicitated the representatives of Brahma Kumaris, highlighting their role in promoting positive values and unity within the community.

The event served as a reminder of the importance of unity, peace, and self-discovery in building a strong and harmonious society. Through collaboration and meaningful initiatives, Gangtok continues to set an example for fostering positive values and inclusivity.

Sikkim’s Chief Minister Launches Seema Darshan Initiative to Celebrate Raksha Bandhan


Sikkim’s Chief Minister PS Golay launched the Seema Darshan initiative today under the Vibrant Villages Programme. The initiative, aimed at celebrating Raksha Bandhan with a special focus on border areas, witnessed the participation of around 50 college and university students.

As part of the initiative, students embarked on a journey to the Indo-China Nathu La border, where they tied Rakhis to personnel from the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The act symbolized the trust and protection inherent in the Raksha Bandhan tradition.

Chief Minister Golay expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “Sikkim recognizes the importance of unity, diversity, and national security. The Seema Darshan initiative not only bridges the gap between civilians and our brave armed forces but also highlights our commitment to developing vibrant communities in border areas.”

Highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of uplifting the last village of border states, Chief Minister Golay extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister for prioritizing the development of such regions.

The Vibrant Villages Programme aligns with this vision and seeks to transform rural areas into thriving communities. Under this program, Tsomgo village has been identified for comprehensive development, making it a hub of growth and opportunity.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of the Planning & Development Department, Shri Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, outlined the significance of the initiative. He stated, “Seema Darshan not only reinforces the bond between civilians and our armed forces but also brings a renewed sense of unity and purpose to the region.”

The students’ gesture of tying Rakhis to the Chief Minister, armed forces personnel, and the local community members resonated deeply with the spirit of Raksha Bandhan. Chief Minister emphasized the importance of protecting the harmony and prosperity of the state, urging everyone to uphold the values that form the foundation of their society.

As the Seema Darshan initiative sets a heartening precedent for celebrating Raksha Bandhan, it also underscores the commitment of Sikkim towards national security and community development, echoing the sentiment that unity is the cornerstone of a strong and vibrant nation.

CM of Sikkim Honors ‘Yakthung Star: Season 1’ Winners in Rangpo 


Sikkim hosted a grand reception to honor the winners of “Yakthung Star: Season 1.” The event, held on August 29, 2023, was a testament to the power of unity and the triumph of talent within the Limboo community and the larger Sikkimese society.

Anjana Iimboo, the winner of the singing competition, and Aita Hang Limboo, who secured the third position, were the stars of the event. The competition, held in the Birtamode, Nepal, showcased their exceptional abilities and marked a milestone for Sikkim’s cultural scene. The reception, graced by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang and his wife Krishna Rai, turned into a jubilant affair with ministers, MLAs, and other dignitaries also attended.

Chief Minister Golay’s admiration for the winners was palpable as he personally felicitated them. Anjana Limboo, in her heartfelt speech, lauded Chief Minister Golay’s unwavering support for the Limboo community, underlining initiatives such as the construction of community halls. She also shared her personal journey, resonating with aspiring artists.

Aita Hang Limboo, who referred to himself as a “chalak,” showcasing his journey as a driver, expressed his gratitude for the support he received and his pride in representing his community on a national stage.

Chief Minister Golay, in his speech, acknowledged the duo’s achievement not just as a Limboo triumph but as a moment of pride for all of Sikkim. His commitment to supporting future seasons of “Yakthung Star” and his plans to promote Limboo arts and culture further underscored his dedication.

As the event unfolded, it became evident that the celebration was not just about individual accomplishments but a reminder of Sikkim’s tradition of finding joy in others’ success. Chief Minister Golay’s encouragement for the winners to continue shining and his call to step out of the confines of their homes echoed the spirit of progress and growth.

The reception in Rangpo was more than a celebration; it was a reflection of the harmonious blend of talent, culture, and unity that defines Sikkim. The spotlight on Anjana Iimboo and Aita Hang Limboo illuminated the boundless potential of Sikkimese youth, setting the stage for an even brighter future.