Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom
About The Book:
‘Andrew Duff’s book is a remarkable piece of detective work. In addition to the fascinating human stories Duff relates, the book is a very valuable addition to how the Cold War played out in South Asia, and to the history of the foreign policies of China, India and the US . . . that it is exceptionally well-written makes it all the more compelling to read’ – Michael Burleigh, author of Small Wars, Faraway Places
In 1922 Andrew Duff’s grandfather made a remarkable journey into the former Buddhist kingdom of Sikkim. Walking hundreds of miles, Duff retraced his steps and combining his discoveries with interviews and archive research, he now presents a thrilling, romantic and informative glimpse into this fairy-tale kingdom that survived the end of the British Empire only to be annexed by India in 1975.
Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable tale of Thondup Namgyal, the handsome last King of Sikkim, and his young and beautiful American wife, Hope Cooke, thrust unwittingly into the spotlight as they sought support for Sikkim’s independence after their ‘fairytale’ wedding in 1963. But as tensions between India and China spilled over into war in the Himalayas, Sikkim became a pawn in the Cold War in Asia during the 1960s and 1970s.
As the world’s major powers jostled for regional supremacy during the early 1970s Sikkim and its ruling family never stood a chance. Thondup died a broken man in 1982; Hope returned to New York; Sikkim began a new phase as India’s twenty-second state.
Drawing a wide-range of exclusive interviews and newly uncovered archival documents, Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom provides a unique insight into life in a lost paradise.
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Published by Random House India on 1st June, Rs 599 hardback