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Political stability and its effect on economy: some lessons from Sikkim Himalaya

Komol Singha () and M. Amarjeet Singh ()
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Komol Singha: Sikkim University
M. Amarjeet Singh: Jamia Millia Islamia

Journal of Social and Economic Development, 2022, vol. 24, issue 2, No 6, 340-354

Abstract: Abstract The Himalayan state of Sikkim has a unique political culture and social environment that could be replicated. Unlike other north-eastern states of India where ethnic identities have been intensely used for electoral politics and state developmentalism, the collective Sikkimese identity has taken precedence over narrow ethnic identity politics in Sikkim. As a result, the state has evolved as one of the most politically stable and better-governed states in India, resulting in rapid economic growth. This has been made possible by the charismatic quality of its political leadership, and the peoples’ collective vision of an inclusive Sikkimese identity.

Keywords: Article 371(F); Electoral politics; Economic growth; Political stability; Sikkimese identity; Sikkim subjects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s40847-022-00199-9

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