Sikkim Govt should clarify its stand on the opening of holy peaks of Sikkim for climbing: IDS
Gangtok, Aug 22
Independent Democrats of Sikkim (IDS) has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to immediately withdraw its notification opening several peaks and mountains of Sikkim for mountaineering and trekking in the earliest. The organization has also urged Sikkim Government to clarify its stand on the opening of holy peaks and mountains for mountaineering and trekking.
A press release issued by an social activist, Sonam Gyatso Sherpa of Independent Democrats of Sikkim mentioned that when Sikkim Democratic Front legislators were busy joining Bharatiya Janata Party disrespecting people’s mandate on 13 August, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India issued a notification opening several peaks and mountains for mountaineering and trekking which otherwise were not permitted on same day. The release added that it was a known fact that Sikkimese revered the mountains and peaks as sacred and there were many festivals and rituals worshipping these peaks. It is mentioned that moreover, the Place of Worship Act 1991 have enlisted many of these peaks and mountains as Buddhist place of Worship.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs opening these peaks and mountains without consulting the people of Sikkim has undermined the sentiment of the Sikkimese people. The silence on the part of the State Government on such crucial issue has further raised apprehensions in the minds of Sikkimese people,” the release said.
The release urged the Ministry of Home Affairs to immediately withdraw such anti-Sikkimese notification at the earliest to uphold the sanctity of holy peaks and mountains as already established of Places of Worship Act. It is further appealed to the State government to wake up from slumber and clarify their stand regarding the opening of holy peaks and mountains for mountaineering and trekking.