Dawa T. Lepcha and Tenzing Gyatso Lepcha are continuing their indefinite hunger strike and are presently lodged at STNM hospital. Its been 14 days now ! since they started their second indefinite hunger strike. Earlier, Dawa and Tenzing had braved a historic and record 63 day hunger strike to press for their demand of scrapping mega hydel projects coming up in Dzongu, a protected reserve for the indegenious Lepchas of Sikkim until assurances were given by the Government to review the matter.
A few month down the line now, the issue remains the same and sadly, not much discussions came about between the two sides to try resolve the issue, and to discuss wider implications of such schemes.
The Government has spoken about scrapping some around Dzongu, however the bigger projects of Panan and Teesta Stage 3 together with a capacity of about 1500 MW would actually tear through the soul of Dzongu.
Its time, concern should be shown at this peaceful protest of pressurizing the authorities to review the matter and we are deeply saddened at the cliche concern of the fourth estate.
Kendup lepcha of Upper Taryang, Lower Dzongu, joined the indefinite hunhger strike from Sunday, the 23th of March 2008.