Gangtok, 08 Apr:

Journalist Amalendu Kundu’s book, ‘Shadow of the Dragon and Recent Developments,’ was launched here today at a special function organised by the Press Club of Sikkim with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the chief guest.

Congratulating Mr Kundu on having written such an interesting book, the CM shared that the author being among the senior-most journalists in the State and having contributed substantially to the intellectual growth of Sikkim, he was delighted to part of the book launch.

Delving into the theme of the book, the CM highlighted that despite being cloistered by three international borders and located in a sensitive region, Sikkim remained the most peaceful State in the country, untouched by insurgency or unrest which surrounds it.

“Among countless disputes and disagreements over the years between India and China, we have managed to remain peaceful and a developing State in every field,” Mr Chamling said while addressing the event.

The CM stressed that the people of Sikkim were like unpaid soldiers guarding the nation and underlined that the Sikkim has established itself as a Model Border State of the country and this was a big contribution towards the nation which needs to be recognized more widely.

The Chief Minister further said that Sikkim finds itself between disputes but always manages to endure the pressure and emerge as a strong and integral part of the country.

“We are sometimes neglected by the Central Government but we have managed to grow past all the disputes,” he added.

In this regard, he rued that the State has not been appreciated enough for this service and is instead still subjected to ill-informed prejudices.

He further advised the Central Government to adopt organic farming like Sikkim has and transform the country into an ‘Organic Nation’. The task will not only benefit the people and the farmers, but was also something which was very achievable provided the intent was there, he said.

The CM further stated that Sikkim offers a supportive environment for journalists to work and express freely and enumerated the various initiatives aimed at the welfare of journalists.

Mr Kundu has nearly 50 years of experience in journalism and has worked as a correspondent during the 1971 war and has been associated with Sikkim for a very long time. The book has been published by Kolkata-based Poets Foundation.

The function was also addressed by patron of Indo-Tibet Sahakari Manch, N Indresh, Major General [Retd], KK Ganguly, and the publisher and founder of Poets Foundation, Pradip K Chaudhuri. The author, Mr Kundu also spoke about his long experience as a journalist and about his book.

The function started with a welcome address by PCS president, Joseph Lepcha and concluded with vote of thanks proposed by PCS general secretary, Puran Tamang.