Travels in Zanskar’s Winter – Contextualising the Politics, Culture and Environment

On the 13th of the month of January, a piece of news passed through my eyes, that said the mechanical department has for the first time reopened the road that joins the Zanskar subdivision to the rest of the Ladakh region. The Turkey-made furious TV series Erturul Ghazi, which I was watching for the last two weeks instilled the courage to dare something extraordinary. The amalgam of the two things energised my head to nod for yes to the offer from the office to visit Zanskar to report the fi...

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Central University in Leh: The Heart of NEP 2020 Omitted

The New National Policy on Education 2020 is a comprehensive and historic policy that comes after the long gap of thirty-four years after the National Policy on Education 1986 and its Programme of Action 1992. It was the long-cherished dream of India to make an inclusive policy on education, which cater to the need of the diversity of our country. However, the BJP government’s announcement to establish a Central University in Leh district of Ladakh is contradicting the commitment of the newl...

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یوم جمہوریہ اور یوٹی لداخ کی جھانکی

ملک نے گذشتہ 26جنوری کو پھر اپنی جمہوریت کا72واں سالگرہ منایا جو پورے ملک کے ساتھ ساتھ یوٹی لداخ میں بھی روایتی جوش و خروش سے منایاگیا۔ہرسال کی طرح ملک کی راجدھانی دہلی میں قومی سطح کے سب سے بڑی تقریب ہوئی جہاں صدر جمہوریہ نے ترنگا لہرایا اورعالیشان پریڈ پر سلامی لی۔

پریڈ کے دوران ملکی دفاعی قوت اور ہمہ گیر ترقی کے علاوہ مختلف جھانکیاں حسب روایت یہاں کے گوناگوں تمدن و ثقافت اور پیش رفت کی عکاسی کرتے ہوئے راج پتھ پر نکالے گئے ۔

اس سال ریاستوں اور مرکزی انتظام والے علاقوں کے 17جھانکیاں م...

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No Job, Safeguards for Ladakh

This would be the right time to question the union government and the elected representative of Ladakh, MR Jamyang Tsering Namgyal for their promises which were made with the people of Ladakh on 5th August 2019 when the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two union territories called UTJK and UT Ladakh.

Home minister on the floor of house had said the bifurcation and revocation of article 370 will bring development prosperity and employment in aforesaid union territor...

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Receding Glaciers of Ladakh – A Clarion Call

Ladakh is often called an “Arid desert” as it falls in “rain shadow zone”. The main sources of irrigation are perennial rivers fed by glaciers and streams fed by seasonal snow and aquifers with catchment confined within spurs. While gravity canals taking off from rivers irrigate moderate to low laying land along river valleys, small water channels known as “khul” in revenue parlance taking off from streams irrigate land on higher contours in valley settlements.

Till recent past, Ladakh us...

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Ladakhi Dry Toilets – A Lesson Kargil Need to Learn from Leh

Recently we saw a village in Drass area of Kargil district, second coldest inhabited place on the earth, protesting over scarcity of water. Two days later, a video of another village from Kargil had gone viral on social media where people were seen lapsed into violence reportedly on a dispute over water. Insufficient supply of water has remained an essential issue especially in town area and also in villages.

Few miles away from the above incidents, few folk women in Minjee village, while...

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In conversation with Skarma Junglay on Losar

Losar, the much-celebrated festivity of Ladakh that mark the new year as per Ladakhi Lo-Rtsis (calendar) has come through many transformations. The terminologies and essence have remained the same while rituals, traditions, and activities have seen significant changes with the passage of time and due to influence of religious heads. To get some insight into these traditions and transformations, Voice of Ladakh’s staff conducted an interview with the well-known researcher Mr Skarma Junglay. J...

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“First Boys” of Kargil on Class IV Jobs

Maryam Banoo (name changed) has pursued Master of Arts (MA) in English literature from University of Kashmir with more than 70 percent marks. She has pursued a B. Ed degree also with flying numbers. With all her edification and qualifications, Maryam has now recruited at a Class-IV level job in the recently declared District Service Selection Recruitment Board (DSSRB) Kargil, results in Union Territory of Ladakh. The scanty employment opportunity in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir a...

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Who Is There to Ask the Questions Then?

Journalism has been one of the most integral but lesser pronounced aspects of the idea of modern democracy. In the United States for example, lawmakers even to this day, turn to The Federalist Papers during debates to understand how their institutions were designed to operate. The Federalist Papers were first published in newspapers in New York in the late 1780s. Journalism as a check on power too, ideally, has tremendous potential. Though intellectuals like Noam Chomsky are finding it h...

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سماج کی پیش رفت کا واحد حل رشوت خوری کاقلعہ قمع

ضمیر کی آواز – طاہر حسین

اللہ تعالی نے عالم کائنات میں بنی نوع انسان کو اشرف المخلوقات قرار دیکر وجود میںلائے ہیں۔لیکن یہ شرف ایسے انسانوں کو حاصل ہے جو انسانیت کی راہ پر چلے۔انسانیت کا اصول یہ ہے کہ انسان سماج اور معاشرے میں عدل و انصاف اور مساوی حقوق کی آبیاری کرے سماجی اور معاشرتی مسائل اور مشکلات کو حل کرنے میں پیش پیش رہے۔ایک دوسرے کی دکھ رد اور غم ومصیبت کو بانٹیں ،بے بس اور مجبور انسانوں کو مدد بہم پہنچائیںظلم وجبر اور استبداد کے خلاف آواز اٹھائیں اگر کوئی انسان خود غرضی اور مفا...

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