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Year: 2009


xxiii+199 pp

ISBN: 9788183640503 (HB)

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The book deals with the issues concerning Sikkim's development in the wider context of the prospects of trade relationship between India and China through Nathu La. It offers insights and observations for a comprehensive analysis of the economic, political, social and cultural dynamics of development of Sikkim in the wider perspective of Northeast India-Southwest China cooperation, and their trade and security implications.

The volume aims to prove that Nathu La can provide a lesson that borders should become the meeting point for people to exchange and share transnational ideas, wealth and culture for a better world, rather than dividing them on narrower political and strategic visions. The volume is expected to draw attention to, and generate interest beyond Sikkim to other Northeastern states, which also have been suffering from various unlawful and unwanted activities from their closed borders with their neighbouring nations for a very long period of time. The book may be of use to policy planners and to those having interest in the region.

About Author

Jayanta Kumar Ray, a founder member of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, is presently the Chairman of its Executive Council. Some of his previous assignments were: Centenary Professor of International Relations and Director of Centre for South and South-East Asian Studies, University of Calcutta; Professor of Behaviourial Sciences, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi; Senior Research Associate, Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, New Delhi. He has to his credit a number of important publications in the field of public and international affairs.

Rakhee Bhattacharya, an economist by profession, is currently a Fellow with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. She is also an Endeavour Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies in the University of South Australia. She is the co-editor of Northeast India: Administrative Reforms and Economic Development. Her publications encompass the areas of development, disparity, poverty, regional economies and economy of insurgency.

Kausik Bandyopadhyay is a Senior Lecturer in History in North Bengal University, and a Fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. He is the author of Playing Off the Field: Explorations in the History of Sport ; co-author of Goalless: The Story of a Unique Footballing Nation; and co-editor of Fringe Nations in World Soccer.


Krishnan Srinivasan

Jayanta Kumar Ray, Rakhee Bhattacharya and Kausik Bandyopadhyay

List of Tables

1. Sikkim: Politics and Good Governance in Development Perspective- Amiya K. Chaudhuri
2. Economic Achievements and Future Challenges of Sikkim- P.D. Rai
3. Realities of Reopening: The State Government's Perspective of Nathu La- M.G. Kiran
4. Indo-China Border Trade through Nathu La: Prospects for Growth and Investment in Sikkim- K. Elumalai
5. Looking at Nathu La through the Security Prism- Binoda K. Mishra
6. Travel and Tourism: Economic and Cultural Ties and Buoyancy- Renzino Lepcha
7. Linkages across Borders: Implications for North East India - Shubhrajeet Konwer
8. Teesta Eco-Region and Bio-Resources: an Awaited Future - J.P. Tamang
9. Linkages between East India's Tea Industry and the Development of Sikkim: Dimensions, Challenges and Prospects- Sohel Firdos

Epilogue - Rakhee Bhattacharya

Documents, Speeches and Reports
1. Documents signed between India and China during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China, 23 June 2003
2. Agreed Minutes of the meeting to operationalise border trade through Nathu La with Attachment I, II & III, 17-20 June 2006
3. Summing up Remarks on the Nathu La Trade Route Report Presentation by Nathu La Trade Study Group led by Prof. Mahendra P. Lama, 17 June 2005
4. Address to the Media on the Reopening of Nathu La Trade Route by Shri Pawan Chamling, 25 June 2006
5. Speech by Shri Pawan Chamling on the Historic Occasion of the Reopening of Nathu La Trade Route between Sikkim (India) and Tibet Autonomous Region (China) at Nathu La on 6 July 2006
6. Speech of Shri Pawan Chamling at the Inauguration of Trade Mart at Sherathang, 6 July 2006
7. Shri Pawan Chamling's Speech at the International Tourism Bourse, Berlin, 9 March 2006
8. First anniversary of the reopening of Indo-China Border Trade through Nathu La completes one year - A report
9. Sikkim Investors' Meet - A report
10. Sikkim: Economic Development

Map - The Old Silk Route
List of Contributors

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