Buddhist-Majority Leh & Muslim-Majority Kargil unite to demand autonomy for Ladakh

Buddhist-Majority Leh & Muslim-Majority Kargil unite to demand autonomy for Ladakh

Since 2019, when Jammu and Kashmir were reduced to two union territories, Ladakhis have found themselves without a legislature and without powers over laws affecting livelihoods and community rights. Buddhist and Muslim organisations now demand statehood, more political representation, and a constitutional right to self-govern. By – Tarushi Aswani “Leh was ecstatic” Despite being from a party that opposed the move, Congressman Deldan Namgyal, 43, said he felt “happy” on 5 August 2019. As military columns secured the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), a communications blackout was imposed, and…

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Qamar Ali Akhoon, Asgar Ali Karbalai & Sajjad Hussain, Ladakh Residents move SC challenging dilution of Article 370

Qamar Ali Akhoon, Asgar Ali Karbalai & Sajjad Hussain, Ladakh Residents move SC challenging dilution of Article 370

The plea says that the Centre’s move to read down Article 370 imposes a ‘dictatorial regime’ wherein the entire democratic process has been annulled and the people have been left at the mercy of administrators. Two political leaders and a journalist from Ladakh have moved the Supreme Court seeking impleadment in a petition challenging the 2019 decision of the Union government to read down Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The…

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Leh & Kargil have different reasons to oppose Ladakh’s current status

Leh & Kargil have different reasons to oppose Ladakh’s current status

What both Ladakh districts fear is that alienation of land, loss of identity, culture, language, and change in demography, will follow their political disempowerment. When Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019, Ladakh was seen welcoming the reorganisation. Its MP, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of the BJP, declared in the Lok Sabha that “the PM… has understood the feelings of the people and has given the region respect. He has given an address on the political aspirations, developmental spirit and even recognized the contribution of…

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For restore bilateral ties China wants India to accept the new normal on LAC

While India wants China to restore status quo ante of April 2020, Beijing apparently feels that Modi government will come to terms with the new normal on LAC and revive ties in the coming months and willy-nilly accept the rise of the Middle Kingdom. This month, External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has made repeated public statements stating that the only way for restoring frozen India-China ties is to untangle the four friction points in East Ladakh by disengaging and de-escalating the military situation along the 1597 km Line of Actual…

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Ladakh Buddhists who hailed India’s Kashmir move now fear of losing lands, jobs and identity

A year after India scrapped Kashmir’s special status, anger and apprehensions in Ladakh over their future. When the Indian government last year abrogated the special status and partial autonomy of Indian-administered Kashmir and divided the region into two federal territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – the Buddhists in Ladakh cheered the move. A year later, that sense of celebration in Ladakh has given way to uncertainty and apprehension among residents of the Himalayan desert. The euphoria over becoming a federal territory has been replaced by a fear of…

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Disengagement far off at LAC, as PLA rotating troops on north Pangong Tso

The assessment of the Indian side is that comprehensive disengagement will be a long-drawn process despite the inherent risk of a flare-up as the PLA will occupy positions south of Pangong Tso the moment they are vacated by the Indian Army. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has started rotating troops on the north banks of Pangong Tso with the intent that it has no immediate plans of either disengagement of de-escalation in Ladakh. The seventh round of India-China military-diplomatic talks will take place in Chushul today with XIV…

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Pangong On Boil: PIL troops positioned along LAC with Spears and Guns

The fresh incident comes a day after Monday’s skirmish where Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops indulged in provocative military movements and also fired shots to intimidate Indian soldiers, as per the Indian Army. China, too, accused India of doing the same. As fresh border confrontation erupted between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, China on Tuesday hoped disengagement can be achieved as soon as possible through mutual consultations, flagging approaching harsh winter in the region. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian expressed this hope hours after India and China…

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China controls 1000 Sq Km of area in Ladakh

The official revealed that in Depsang Plains, from patrolling point 10-13, the scale of Chinese control of India’s perception of the LAC stood at about 900 sq.km. About 1,000 square kilometres of area in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is now under Chinese control, intelligence inputs provided to the Centre suggest. China has been amassing troops and fortifying its presence along the LAC since April-May. Twenty soldiers were killed on June 15 in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in violent clashes with China’s People’s Liberation Army…

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China’s PLA troops carry out ‘Provocative military movements’ near Pangong Tso to change status quo: Army

The Chinese army carried out provocative military movements in Ladakh to change status quo, the Indian Army has said. The incident took place near the Pangong Tso lake on the intervening night of August 29 and 30, the army said. The two sides are already engaged in a standoff in the area which witnessed skirmishes between the two sides on June 15. “Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts…

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GoI pushes hard to complete 1st all-weather route to Ladakh connecting Darcha to Nimu via Padum

India’s national security planners are pushing hard to complete an all-weather strategic route to Ladakh that will link Darcha in Himachal Pradesh to Nimu via Padum in Kargil’s Zanskar valley, people familiar with the matter said. Senior military commanders said the third route to connect Ladakh by road is urgently needed given Pakistan and its all-weather friend, China’s interest in the Siachen Glacier and Daulat Beg Oldie. Nimu is 35 kilometres from Leh town and headquarters of XIV Corps responsible for the defence of East Ladakh and Siachen Glacier. This…

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