Pressures from the Lepcha and Bhutia communities of Sikkim have prompted the government of India to cancel a power dam proposed for one of their sacred rivers, a victory which should help them preserve their religious beliefs in the sanctity of nature. The news media in India in recent weeks have carried numerous stories about […]

A news story in Reuters India last weekend describes the increasing problems of Buddhism in Sikkim, which may threaten the peaceful lifestyle of the minority Lepcha people. Carried by the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and other sources, the article by Simon Denyer describes the superficial health of the Buddhist monasteries. But it indicates that […]