Chungthang: an emerging urban landscape in Sikkim

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  • Mona Chettri
The Indian border state of Sikkim has remained relatively detached from the rest of India owing to its cultural distinction and geographical isolation from the Indian mainland. However, over the recent decade state-induced economic liberalisation, evinced in private hydro-power projects, pharmaceutical companies and educational institutes, has been the predominant cause of social, economic and spatial transformation in the region, visible in infrastructural growth, rapid urbanisation of rural and semi-urban areas, increased consumerism and changing aspirations. This paper focuses on state-induced development in Chungthang, north Sikkim, and the creation of an urban landscape that raises questions and concerns about belonging and identity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI I A S Newsletter
Pages (from-to)36-37
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • vernacular urbanism , eastern Himalaya, hydro-power, identity, sikkim, development

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