The government of Ladakh has organized a festival to celebrate the cultivation of apricots. According to a report in the Times of India on April 19, the festival attracted thousands of travelers—backpackers, honeymooners, and vacationers in general—from various places around India. The cultivation and processing of apricots is an important agricultural industry in the Union […]

A lot of the reporting about the peacefulness of the Ladakhi has focused on the Leh District of Ladakh, where most of the people are Buddhists. An article in this website in May 2019 examined the scholarship of different experts who examined the reasons for their nonviolence. Uwe Gielen, we reported, argued that the Buddhist […]

A small Ladakhi village now requires all visitors to wash their hands before they are allowed to enter, according to a news report in the Deccan Herald last Thursday. The village of Latoo, in the Kargil District of Ladakh, is taking its own approach to fighting the spread of the coronavirus. The villagers posted a […]

A massive, but entirely peaceful, demonstration was held in Leh on Sunday, January 12, by Ladakhi students demanding self-government within the provisions of the 6th schedule in the Indian constitution. Schedule 6 allows the government to form autonomous district councils to administer areas that have already been given autonomy within their states. According to the […]

It took a little over a week for the Ladakhis to spring into action. After the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] issued a report on the perils that changing climate conditions pose to the Hindu Kush/Himalayan region of Asia, several groups in Ladakh announced an action plan to deal with the crisis. Ladakhis […]

Headlines around the world announced the decision by India’s government at the beginning of last week to suspend Article 370 of its constitution, which has maintained a special status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Posturing by India and Pakistan continued throughout the week, with both of the nuclear powers quite aware that they […]

A news report on The Weather Channel website last week summarized evidence showing that global climate change is starting to destroy the cultural heritage of Ladakh. Though not all Ladakhis agree with the causes of the destruction, historic structures are being weakened and destroyed by the changing weather conditions. In order to cope with increasingly […]

Many peaceful societies have learned how to contend with tourists. People welcome them into their communities, build businesses and festivals to attract their money, and try to figure out how to preserve their own ways in the face of visitors and their need to be entertained. Ladakh is a good example of a society that […]