The warring political factions of Sikkim -- the trouble-torn Himalayan kingdom -- were locked in intense negotiations on Thursday to seek a solution to their differences.
GV Crowd of Bhutia gathered
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SV Tsering Lama
SV Tsering Lama with Mr. Bajpai
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SCU Pradhan (left) & Dorji Kazi (in glasses), leaders Joint Action Committee
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CU Mr. Pradhan speaking
GV Both men discussing with supporters
CU INT Mr. Das (2 shots)
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Background: The warring political factions of Sikkim -- the trouble-torn Himalayan kingdom -- were locked in intense negotiations on Thursday to seek a solution to their differences.
Reports of a tentative agreement suggested that the electoral reforms demanded by the majority migrant community from Nepal might be implemented. These reforms could include a written constitution specifying the powers of the Chogyal, who has ruled Sikkim in outmoded feudal style.
This coverage shows two of the leaders of the dissident Joint Action Committee discussing the proposed solution with supporters. There's also film of a meeting of the rival Bhutia and Lepcha communities -- the supporters of the Chogyal -- and of the man who's taken over the running of the country. He is the Indian Chief Administrator Mr. B.S. Das. He took charge of the country's affairs at the request of the Chogyal, who had asked for India's intervention as a result of the recent unrest.
SYNOPSIS: The warring political factions in Sikkim -- the trouble-torn Himalayan kingdom -- spent Thursday trying to patch up their differences. These are members of one of the principal factions, the loyalists. They're of the same Tibetan and Assamese extraction as the ruler of Sikkim. But numerically they're in the minority to the relative newcomers who have settled in Sikkim from Nepal. The Nepalese settlers want to cut down the powers of the ruler and -- as a result -- of his supporters. So during this meeting on Thursday, the loyalist leaders were intent on safeguarding their existing rights in any new settlement.
Meantime, leaders of the Nepalese faction -- formed into the Joint Action Committee -- were also explaining settlement proposals to supporters. They want an end to the ruler's feudal powers and a new written constitution.
The same day, an Indian official -- Mr. B.S. Das -- took on the problems of running the country during the settlement period. Indian intervention had been requested by the ruler following ten days of mob-rule.