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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.

Photo credit: Gyatso Lepcha

Landslides in Sikkim do not make news. It is a routine affair, especially during the monsoon season.  But the recent massive landslide occurred near Mantam village, Passingdong division of the Dzongu region in Sikkim on 13 August 2016 cannot be ignored.  The ecological damages are yet to be ascertained. Fortunately this region is sparingly populated, and hence, no human loss was reported.

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