Sikkim celebrates 50 years of 8-May Agreement

Sikkim

Sikkim on Sunday celebrated the golden jubilee of the 8-May Tripartite Agreement signed in 1973, which is considered the stepping stone for the merger of the erstwhile kingdom with India.

The agreement was signed among the Indian government, the then Chogyal of Sikkim and three political parties of the erstwhile kingdom for administrative and democratic reforms.

A programme was organised by Sikkim Nagarik Samaj at MG Marg in the heart of Gangtok to mark the day. Eminent personalities of the state attended the programme.

SNS spokesperson Passang Sherpa said the history of Sikkim and its merger with India must be included in the country’s school curriculum.

Sikkim became the 22nd state of India on May 16, 1975, two years after the signing of the agreement.

The Kingdom of Sikkim was founded by the Namgyal dynasty in the 17th century. It was ruled by Buddhist priest-kings known as the Chogyal. It became a princely state of British India in 1890. Following Indian independence, the state continued its protectorate status with the Union of India after 1947, and the Republic of India after 1950.

It enjoyed the highest literacy rate and per capita income among Himalayan states. In 1973, anti-royalist riots took place in front of the Chogyal’s palace. In 1975, after the Indian Army took over the city of Gangtok, a referendum was held that led to the deposition of the monarchy and Sikkim joining India as its 22nd state

 

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