Tashi Namgyal

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For the 16th century Tibetan Buddhist scholar, see Dakpo Tashi Namgyal.
Tashi Namgyal
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Chogyal of Sikkim
Reign 5 December 1914 - 2 December 1963
Predecessor Sidkeong Tulku
Successor Palden Thondup
Spouse Kunzang Dechen
Issue Palden Thondup
House Namgyal
Father Thutob Namgyal
Born (1893-10-26)26 October 1893
Died 2 December 1963(1963-12-02) (aged 70)
Religion Buddhism

Tashi Namgyal (Sikkimese: བཀྲ་ཤིས་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་; Wylie: Bkra-shis Rnam-rgyal) (26 October 1893 – 2 December 1963) was the ruling Chogyal (King) of Sikkim from 1914 to 1963. He was the son of Thutob Namgyal.

Namgyal was the 11th ruler of the Namgyal dynasty of Sikkim, succeeding his half brother Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, who had ruled from February to December in 1914, till his death from heart failure. Born in Tibet and crowned by the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, he was a strong advocate for closer links with India.

He was married in October 1918 to Kunzang Dechen, and they had 3 sons and 3 daughters. The eldest son died in a plane crash during World War Two.[1] On his death he was succeeded as Chogyal by his second son Palden Thondup Namgyal.

During his reign, he is known for land reform and free elections.[2] He also favoured closer links between Sikkim, India and Tibet. Many people attribute his death to Indian agents.

About a decade after his death, his son Palden Thondup Namgyal, the incumbent hereditary Chogyal was formally deposed to join the Indian Union. Prime Minister Lendup Dorji appealed to India to change the status of Sikkim from protectorate to statehood. On 16 May 1975, Sikkim was officially made the 22nd state of the Indian Union.

Titles[edit]

  • 1893 - 1914: Prince Tashi Namgyal
  • 1914 - 1918: His Highness Sri Panch Maharaja Tashi Namgyal, Maharaja Chogyal of Sikkim
  • 1918 - 1923: His Highness Sri Panch Maharaja Tashi Namgyal, Maharaja Chogyal of Sikkim, CIE
  • 1923 - 1939: His Highness Sri Panch Maharaja Sir Tashi Namgyal, Maharaja Chogyal of Sikkim, KCIE
  • 1939 - 1963: His Highness Sri Panch Maharaja Sir Tashi Namgyal, Maharaja Chogyal of Sikkim, KCSI, KCIE

Honours[edit]

British Empire

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sack, John (1959). Report from Practically Nowhere. New York: Curtis Publishing Company. p. 221. 
  2. ^ Sack, John (1959). Report from Practically Nowhere. New York: Curtis Publishing Company. pp. 221–222. 
Tashi Namgyal
Born: 26 October 1893 Died: 2 December 1963
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal
Chogyal of Sikkim
1914 - 1963
Succeeded by
Palden Thondup Namgyal