Dawa and Tenzing at still at STNM Hospital while the rest continued their relay hunger strike at BL House.
A female Lepcha priest, ‘Mun ‘from Dzongu performed the thanksgiving prayers at BL House today in honour of Mount Tendong and also to the Itbumoo,the Mother Creator.
This Lepcha festival is observed by the Lepchas to pay obeisance to the Tendong Hill which saved their tribe from annihilation in the great flood. This prayer festival, coming at a time when the Lepchas fear another ‘deluge’ is of great symbolic value today.
Tendong Lho Rum Faat is a thanksgiving prayer in honour of Tendong Hill and is observed every year on August 8.
Legend has it that a time came when Itbu-Moo, the Mother Creator, was hurt by the Lepcha’s negligence in offering sacrifices and prayers. The big black shiny Pamolbu, the very embodiment of evil in a serpent form took that as his cue and went and blocked the flow of the two main rivers, Rongit and Rong-Nyu, which flowed through Sikkim. The flowing waters of these two rivers, thus being damned, started rising till; at last, a time came when all the land was submerged under the Great Flood. It was Tundong-Lho, the ‘ladder mountain’ that came to the rescue of the Lepcha people, because through this mountain ladder people had climbed up to safety.
There is still no official press releases from the Government or ACT and we all hope and sincerely pray that both the sides begin negotiations.
The people of Raley under Rakdong Tintek constituency where the 510 MW Teesta Stage V Hydel Project is nearing completion came in with strong criticism today against the “haphazard disbursement” of the relief cum compensation to the affected families of NHPC Teesta Stage V power project.The disbursement was recently made by the office of the East District Collectorate. While talking with the media today, most of the people expressed their resentment stating that there were several loopholes and foul play which has ultimately deprived the affected families of their actual compensation.
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The indefinite hunger strike continues to its 51st day tomorrow.