CHIEF Minister Pawan Chamling, the charismatic poet-politician of Sikkim, assumed office in 1994. Born in 1950 in Yangyang, south Sikkim, Chamling entered politics through the Sikkim Prajatantra Congress in the early 1970s. In 1993, the Sikkim Democratic Front was formed and he was unanimously elected president of the party. He has published numerous books, including collections of poems written by him since 1970. Chamling spoke to Frontline of his vision for Sikkim and the measures taken by his government to attain it.