Just back from Sikkim after a 10 day holiday. A state as beautiful as Kashmir but not as popular or controversial. I would like to convey what our driver Mr Bhutia told us on our way to our 1st stop in Peling. I have not edited any of his statements. The state is beautiful, scenic but crippled with bad infrastructure especially the roads. On our way from Siliguri to Peling in West Sikkim, our 1st stop, the roads had not been repaired for 10 years, some patchwork here and there. While China has built a 4 lane highway all the way to Nathula Pass, they worked day and night and completed the 520 km stretch from Lhasa to Nathula in 3 years. It is a wonder how they did it ? Lhasa is already connected with a high speed train to Beijing and this will be extended to Nathula. Our journey from Gangtok to Nathula a distance of about 50 kms took 3 hours. The previous day our journey from Lachung, North Sikkim to Gangtok a distance of 120 kms took 6 hours with one stop for tea. Sikkim generates enough revenues to the tune of Rs 1 lakh per family but where does the money go ?
It is a matter of time China will use this infrastructure to take over Sikkim and Bhutan and they are pretty much committed to break India into 32 pieces.
Till 1973 we were happy people with whatever we had. The politics of Indira Gandhi and joining India has ruined the state and its people. In those days we were innocent, honest and lived happily with whatever we had, Kam Kaho Kushi Raho.
The above are not my statements but straight from the mouth of Mr Bhutia, a local resident in Sikkim. Our prime minister makes mother hood statements daily but has no clue the infrastructure our not so friendly neighbours are laying to our door step. A war will only open a can of worms.
We continue to sleep at the wheel. Wake up call will be difficult but who is to blame ? Frustrated and disgusted whenever a really bad patch came, he would comment, “Saheb hamara government so raha hai”. My reply kya kare! clueless sympathizing with the clueless.