|LC Classifications||DS485.S57 R35 2012|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xi, 368 p. ;|
|Number of Pages||368|
|LC Control Number||2012323821|
GBS Sidhu gives an insider's view of the chain of events that led to the merger of Sikkim with India in , and outlines the interplay of personalities involved, such as Indira Gandhi, Chogyal. The book, originally published in and later reprinted in , attempted to shatter the long-held perception that Sikkim’s merger with India was all smooth and hunky-dory. Reading Datta-Ray, a sense of guilt and solecism emerges. It makes us believe that democratic India did to Sikkim in the s what Communist China committed in Tibet. Describing Sikkim’s merger with India as a “momentous event in the annals of modern Indian statecraft”, Menon commends Sidhu’s book for “setting the record straight”. “The merger of Sikkim has been under–analysed or misinterpreted in previous accounts that drew upon partial or one–sided sources,” says Menon.”. The merger of the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim into India in May was the result of a top secret operation by India’s external intelligence agency, Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), says a book by a retired senior official who was involved in it.
The following is an excerpt from the book ‘Sikkim-Dawn of Democracy: The Truth Behind The Merger With India’ written by GBS Sidhu, retired . Even the Global Times of China recently threatened to rouse the people of Sikkim to demanding independence. Credible counter-narratives placing an “Indian” perspective have been absent, or incomplete. GBS Sidhu provides a comprehensive account of the history of Sikkim since , and of the eventful days leading to its merger with India. Despite its shortcomings, Sunanda K DattaRay's Smash and Grab remains the best-written book on Sikkim's merger with India. The first edition of Sunanda K DattaRay's Smash & Grab; Annexation of. It was in that G.B.S. Sidhu, a young official with the newly set-up Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), took charge of the field office in Gangtok in With an insider's view of the events that led to the Chogyal's ouster, he presents a first-hand account of the fledgling democracy movement and the struggle for reforms led by Kazi Lhendup Dorji in a society that was struggling to come.
The book gives frank details: motivating Sikkim Congress to demand follow-up steps of the May 8 agreement from Bajpai or Das, framing new election rules, getting the chief election commissioner of. The merger of Sikkim into India was a historical event in It started when India presented its offer to the Sikkim leader one last time. It was a ‘degree turnaround in India’s policy towards the Chogyal, but there already was a secret plan to end the Chogyal’s rule in Sikkim. I greatly enjoyed GBS Sidhu’s book “Sikkim- Dawn of Democracy: The Truth Behind the Merger with India.“ It is a valuable contribution to contemporary history. The drama leading to the merger of the State with India unfolds itself in a brilliant manner, depicting the role of the dramatis personae in a very objective s: 8. Several books have highlighted Sikkim’s transition from a monarchy to the 22nd state of India in , but G.B.S. Sidhu’s Sikkim: Dawn of Democracy is possibly the first ‘insider’s account’ of the rapid interactions that ricocheted between Delhi and the Himalayan kingdom’s Palden Thondup Namgyal, the 12th and last Chogyal (king) in the run-up to the signing of the agreement.