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In pursuit of Parivartan
Youth agency and the 2019 general election in Sikkim
in Passionate politics
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This chapter analyses Sikkim’s political landscape in the shadow of the 2019 general election, paying special attention to young people’s participation as both voters and political candidates. In Sikkim the 2019 national election was largely overshadowed by state-level assembly elections which culminated with the end of the twenty-five-year term of Chief Minister Pawan K. Chamling of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF). However, celebrations over the defeat of Chamling and the SDF at the hands of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) were marred by local anxieties and anger at the maiden entry of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) into Sikkim’s political landscape through backdoor channels and negotiations with both the SKM and SDF. In this chapter we analyse local discontent by centring the demands and desires of educated young people in Sikkim, situating their concerns within the wider context of the complex relationship between the Himalayan borderlands and ‘mainland’ India.

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Democracy, development and India’s 2019 general election



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