The Indian Army has attempted for years to put a peaceful face on its mission in northern India, but the Ladakhi—and the rest of the people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir—still decry the military presence. A journal article in 2008 explained that the army tries to generate support from the people of Ladakh […]

The Eurasia Review last week analyzed the effects that increasing tourism and military deployments in northern India are having on the traditional Ladakhi way of life. Widening economic gaps between rural Ladakhis and urbanites in Leh, the regional capital, are one of the problems the article identifies. Traditional agriculture, as described by Norberg-Hodge, Mann, and […]

Two years ago the Indian press covered a hopeful story about a Yanadi village that had established a crab framing operation near Sorlagondi, a coastal community in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Last week, a news source reported that the Indian Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed studies about the suitability of a […]

Fernanda Pirie, in her penetrating book Peace and Conflict in Ladakh, describes the way the Ladakhi effectively resolve their disputes. The question is whether their peacemaking skills can survive propaganda from the Indian Army that the way to solve problems is through military might. The Indian Army is again promoting itself to the Ladakhi people, […]