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Title: The Dzumsa of Lachen: An Example of a Sikkimese Political Institution
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Sophie Bourdet-Sabatier
One Sentence Summary: This article surveys the organization and functions of a village political institution of Lachen, Sikkim, as well as noting changes that the system has undergone in recent decades.

Description: The village of Lachen, about 50 kilometers from the Chinese border in Sikkim's North District, still maintains a traditional political system known as Dzumsa ('dzoms sa). The article surveys the organization and functions of this village political institution as well as noting changes that the Dzumsa has undergone in recent decades. This system of village administration dates back to the first half of the 19th century and was officially recognized as a functioning political body in 1985 by the government. The Dzumsa has continued its traditional roles, including judicial and economic responsibilities, while taking on ever more functions in recent decades as part of the larger state political apparatus. (Ben Deitle 2006-02-10)

Translator: Anna Balikci-Denjongpa
Publisher Place: Gangtok, Sikkim
Publisher: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Normalized publisher place: Gangtok, Sikkim
Publisher country: India
Publisher URL: http://www.tibetology.com/
Published Date: 2004-05
URL: http://www.thlib.org/static/reprints/bot/bot_2004_01_04.pdf
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Political Science -- Sikkim
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Tibet -- Bulletin of Tibetology -- 2004, vol. 40, no. 1
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Sikkim -- Bulletin of Tibetology -- Vol. 40, no. 1 (2004)
Cultural Coverage: Sikkim
Temporal coverage: 19th century CE
20th century CE
21st century CE
Language: English
Source URL: www.tibetology.com/asp/Publications.htm
Source: Bulletin of Tibetology
Source Editor: Anna Balikci-Denjongpa
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 40
Source Number: 1
Source Page Numbers: 93-104
Frequency of publication: Three times a year
ISBN/ISSN: 5251516

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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-12-21 17:57:29
Date Record Checked: 2006-02-13
Date Last Modified: 2006-02-13 00:12:20
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