So, they are very much interested that Sikkim should be part of India. And this constitutional amendment will give them ample scope immediately purchase lands and to purchase this management of the cardamom plantations and they will turn themselves to be the exploiters there afterwards. What would be the feeling of the Sikkimese people? They will be the victims of the terrible exploitations and they will look to India not as friends but, as exploiters and anti-Indian feelings are bound to rise and that will create further estrangement in the relations between the people of Sikkim and the people of India. Apart from international consequences, these implications are of serious consequence and the people of Sikkim will actually become, and they have become, the object of exploitation of the Indian vested interests and big business.”
I have taken the example of the old land laws of Sikkim as an example because most seem to think these laws are very stringent, but they forget that even these have been debated and justified before being inserted in the constitution and the same is the case for all the other provisions of Article 371f. The point I am trying to make is that whatever the man on the street might think, we do have tough laws and most were inserted there to stop us being exploited by big money power and unscrupulous businessmen from the other parts of the country. But despite this, in the last three decades we have landed in the very position the parliamentarians warned would happen three decades ago, and we the Sikkimese people, meekly agree to anything our Government, influenced by such big companies, tells us is good for us, and we are slowly getting swamped in our own lands.
The point is, the people of Sikkim should realize that the constitution was amended and the inclusion of article 371f was justified so that we, the people of Sikkim, could be protected till the time we came upto the economic standards of the rest of the country and ultimately get integrated into the mainstream. But the question remains, are we really getting “emotionally integrated” as our political leaders would have us believe? Or are we the victims of exploitation in the garb of integration, despite provisions in the constitutions, which were put into place to save us from exactly the same sort of exploitation?