ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Can the Movement Against Hydropower Projects in Sikkim be Reactivated?

The indigenous tribal community in Sikkim regard their land and the Rivers Teesta and Rangeet as sacred and integral to their civilisations heritage. However, the industrialisation efforts have not only displaced and marginalised this community from the development plans within their ecologically and culturally protected area. The need for grassroots protest and organisation against the construction of hydro-electrical dams along the river and in protected forest areas has recently been reinvigorated.

When Gods’ Abode Dissented: Mantam Landslide in North Sikkim

When the people’s representatives failed to understand the implications of large projects in the highly seismic and fragile young Himalayan mountain ranges, and failed to act, people took the task upon themselves. The street became the metaphor and several anti-dam movements ensued. However, the resistance is waning in the political discourse of Sikkim.
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