Helena Norberg-Hodge, who has criticized modernization in Ladakh for many years, has termed the changes taking place there as a “development hoax.” Author of the influential book Ancient Futures, Norberg-Hodge argues that, although traditionally Ladakh has had a healthy social and cultural environment lacking in crime and poverty, the Ladakhi people are turning their backs […]

An interesting blog post and a major magazine article this Sunday both raised questions about the continuing viability of Ladakhi culture and peacefulness. Both imply that social conditions and beliefs in peacefulness are never stable or permanent. An anonymous individual, writing the blog “Balancing Frogs” under the pseudonym “Animal Extender”, published a book review on […]