Ladakh breaks in reverie after its long lasted wish of getting an UT status gets fulfilled

The scenario of festiveness in Ladakh is the complete opposite to what is going down in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, still opposing the abrogation of Article 370 . On Monday with constitution amendment, Ladakh just like Jammu and Kashmir has become a Union Territory but without a legislative assembly.Ladakh with the majority of its residents being Buddhists, it was their long-standing dream to have their own separate identity and it realizes on Monday with the central government getting several applauses from its peer parties.

"Today is a historic day for the people of Ladakh which always faced discrimination and step-motherly treatment from successive governments in the past in funding shares and employment," The Jamyang Tsering Namgyal constituency BJP member said.The member further added with happiness it’s not just a piece of land but a tactful border area with huge strategic importance.Ladakh Buddhist Association president P T Kunzang, former MP Thupstan Chhewang, Congress leader and former MLA Tsering Samphel, MLC Chering Dorjay, Congress district president Tsering Namgyal and BJP president Dorje Angchuk all in harmony applauding the decision terming it as a “historic move”

One of the manifold reasons why Ladakh people are relishing this move because of the less development and allocation of resources done in Ladakh which has been always overshadowed by Kashmir.In fact, Ladakh had its own long story of the struggle to come from Kashmir identity and have one of its own.One of its first crusading was in 1964 was under the leadership of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, an obeisance Buddhist saint and then of course head lama of Ladak however the agitations did not make any progress in acquiring the status quo. 

But things changed when people of Ladakh in 1989 under the guidance of Buddhist Association aggressively began reignited the protest at times when militancy was picking up in Kashmir. Both the Buddhists in Ladakh and Shia Muslims in Kargil were on crossroads for their problems and said that they wanted a new administration. It was after the demand by the LBA the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council was able to form in 1995. But here is the catch since the funds have to take a detour via the state government based in Srinagar and Jammu for the LADHC, the Ladakh state has been receiving less and less financial assistance.

The LAHDC board used to complain about regular intervals about the Kashmir-based government for not letting the board functional due to lack of funds and they were forced to plead for funds. All this lead to formation of All Religious Action Committee (ARJAC) 3 years ago to crusade the agenda of Ladakh to be granted a UT status, passed a resolution at a summit and underling that Ladakh is principally different from Kashmir and Jammu in all respects - culturally, ethnically and linguistically" and thus should be separated from it.

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