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Hear the voices

The current political scenario in Sikkim, with Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang Golay and his SKM party holding all 32 seats in the legislative assembly, raises significant questions about the role of opposition in a healthy democracy. The absorption of the sole opposition MLA into the SKM has effectively eliminated any formal opposition, bringing to forth the critical need for multiple voices in democratic governance.

Democracy thrives on diversity of thought and opinion, ensuring that power is never concentrated in the hands of a single entity. Opposition parties play a crucial role in this structure. They scrutinize government policies, offer alternative solutions, and represent a spectrum of perspectives that reflect the interests of all citizens. Without a robust opposition, the ruling party faces less accountability, which can undermine the government's transparency, inclusivity, and responsiveness.

In the absence of a formal opposition, the public must step into this vital role. Citizens need to actively engage in political discourse, hold the government accountable, and ensure that diverse viewpoints are heard. Public participation becomes even more crucial in scrutinizing policies and decisions, demanding transparency, and advocating for inclusive governance. A vigilant and proactive citizenry can help maintain the checks and balances that are fundamental to democracy.

The government, on its part, must be proactive in listening to the voices of the people. It should actively seek out and consider public opinion, ensuring that policy decisions are inclusive and reflective of the broader population's needs. By engaging with citizens and fostering a culture of open dialogue, the government can compensate for the absence of formal opposition and maintain a healthy democratic environment.

It is imperative to restore a balance of power to ensure that democracy in Sikkim remains vibrant, inclusive, and representative of all its citizens. Both the public and the government have crucial roles to play in maintaining democratic norms. An active, engaged citizenry and a responsive, inclusive government are vital for ensuring that governance remains accountable and serves the best interests of all.


Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi