Sikkim Opposes Expedition to Kanchenjunga

Sikkim Opposes Expedition to Kanchenjunga

Sikkim opposes Centre's decision of allowing expeditions to MountKanchenjunga along with 136 other mountain peaks in the country.

The Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SBLAC) lashed out at thegovernment and has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the notification.

SBLAC convener Tseten Tashi Bhutia said that they condemned themove of the Centre which allows expeditions to Mount Kanchenjunga and demandedimmediate withdrawal of the notification saying that it hurts their sentiments.

Bhutia said that Kanchenjunga is not just a peak but theirguardian deity and therefore they cannot allow expedition to it.

The Sikkimese considers the Kanchenjunga mountain peak as God andan abode of Gods and they firmly believe that the legendary Yeti roams on itsslopes and expedition to the mountain would disrupt balance and would anger thegods.

It may be mentioned that the previous government in Sikkim led byPawan Chamling of Sikkim Democratic Front had banned the expeditions toKanchenjunga along with six other peaks of the state.

The decision was made after demands for protecting the holiness ofthe mountain peaks gathered wings and people from all walks of life raisedvoices supporting it.

The earlier SDF government respecting the religious sentiment ofthe people has decided to ban all sorts of expeditions in seven peaks of thestate.

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