Preserving Communal Harmony in Ladakh: A Call for Sensible Responses to Crimes

On June 18, 2023, Ladakh was shaken by a distressing incident involving a retired Chokidar turned Onpo, Tsering Wangdus, who allegedly assaulted a 21-year-old woman seeking treatment. While such incidents are rare in Ladakh, it is essential for the public to approach these cases with caution and avoid exacerbating any potential social imbalances. The gravity of rape and sexual harassment as criminal acts is undeniable, and it is crucial to address them solely as crimes. It is worth noting th...

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An open Letter to the administration of Ladakh

I am writing to address a recent unfortunate incident in Kargil Town, where a bomb blast occurred on April 16, 2023, resulting in the injury of two teenagers and the death of one. As a digital media source, I was informed that Lieutenant Governor Ladakh visited the victims and offered condolences to the family of the deceased, as well as provided compensation to the respective families.

However, I cannot help but think that this incident could have been prevented if the local government h...

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Ladakh’s Language Dilemma

Like India as a whole, Ladakh is also a multilingual society. Languages spoken in Ladakh are Balti, Brokskat, Ladakhi, Purgi, Shina, and Zanskari. According to UNESCO’s list of endangered languages, Balti, Purgi, and Ladakhi are ‘vulnerable’ languages and Brokskat and Zanskari are ‘definitely endangered’ languages.

An endangered language is a language that is at risk of falling out of use, generally because it has few surviving speakers. If it loses all of its native speakers, it becomes ...

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Kargil – Please Mind Your Meat!

How much meat should a person consume in a day, month, or in year? Are we developing a carnivorous appetite? How much is too much? Lately, these questions have been bothering me for a while. Why? Because I firmly believe that most of us are turning into meatatarian: a person who exclusively or predominantly eats meat. Let’s ask ourselves this philosophical question: How much meat have I consumed from the time I appeared on this earth? If you ask me then you should not be surprised that I was...

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