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The Ladakh Province of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir gained much importance after the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and the abolition of the Union Territory of Ladakh. This development was not to the liking of China and Pakistan, India’s two enemy neighbors. Even in the Ladakh region – the two districts of Leh and Kargil had different views on this development. While the people of Leh celebrated it with great fanfare, the people of Kargil protested against it.
However, after heated talks and persuasions things started to gradually settle down, however, some underlying concerns remained in Kargil. The two organizations – LBA from Leh and KDA from Kargil have come to the fore to raise the issues of the two districts. Although initially opposed to each other, they made a common cause on the state issue for Ladakh – a development that took everyone by surprise and shock.
Thupstan Chhewang, Ladakh’s most popular but impenetrable leader, is currently taking a path that raises eyebrows among Ladakh Buddhists, especially after his alleged “unilateral decision” to align with Kargil’s Democratic Alliance on the issue of ‘State. August 1 (2021) saw the unthinkable alliance of the leaders of Kargil under the aegis of the KDA and those of Leh under the LBA which prominently included veteran leaders like Thupstan Chhewang (formerly affiliated with the BJP), Asgar Ali Karbalai (vice-chairman of the Territorial Congress committee) and Qamar Ali Akhon (of the National Conference). Many have called it a historic event of two regions with contrasting political aspirations and absolute rivalry coming together for the larger cause of protecting Ladakh’s interests, while some have called it a marriage of convenience to stop the growing influence of BJP in Ladakh. The conflicting views that the respective leaders hold for each other are clear from Thupstan Chhewang’s press release (September 28, 2020) calling the KDA leaders “Tukde Tukde Gang” and Anti National. On the other hand, AA Karbalai has always made fun of Thupstan Chhewang and his associates for celebrating the UT status for Ladakh.
This “marriage of convenience” seems to have adverse consequences on Buddhist unity in Ladakh with a cascading effect and regional units like that of Nubra distancing themselves from the LBA led by Thupstan Chhewang on the question of the state. A similar reaction also came from Kargil when 11 senior members of the regional unit also resigned to protect themselves against its president’s decision to join KDA in state demand talks with LBA. In the aftermath, a meeting between Thupstan Chhewang and dissident LBA Nubra on November 17 was also unsuccessful, the latter remaining steadfast in his earlier position to oppose the state demand.
The question of constitutional safeguard which was initially raised by the student community of Leh on December 12, 2019 was quickly taken up by veteran leaders of Leh who on August 29, 2020 announced the formation of a so-called platform. apolitical form which would later be named as Apex Body on Peoples’ movement on the 6th program on September 15, 2020. The Apex Body succeeded in no time in gaining the support of the Buddhist masses of Ladakh crossing political borders. On the other hand, the origin of the KDA dates back to October 16, 2020, when the leaders of Kargil, regardless of their political and religious affiliation (except Buddhists), formed the KDA, mainly to evidently a two-point program namely to firmly oppose the repeal of Article 370, 35-A and to demand the reinstatement of the position prior to August 5, 2019 of the former J&K State.
So what brought these two ideologically opposed groups together and executed their “marriage of convenience” was forcing political experts to think about a conspiracy theory hatched somewhere and making good use of the growing angst and the personal behavior of leaders like Thupstan Chhewang.
What’s more, what also disturbs the Ladakhi people and compatriots is the moving of the goalposts by the LBA leaders. In particular, residents of the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region praised the leaders of Leh for their negotiating skills and unified approach to the search for a Union territory for the neglected province of Ladakh. from the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. Beyond political and religious affiliations, the inhabitants of the region had with one voice applied for UT status. Not feeling any dichotomy in these affiliations, the Union government had no objection to responding to their real demand which was finally granted after the repeal of Article 370 and Article 35-A, and the creation of two UT – Union Territory of Ladakh, Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The granting of UT status was called a landmark decision by the people of Leh who celebrated it as the absence of neglect and discrimination.
A new era of empowerment, self-reliance, development and prosperity has arrived. Although labor pains do exist there, things are not yet settled and may take some time to take a definite shape. There are undoubtedly important concerns such as rising unemployment, protection of land and cultural rights, etc. among those who need to be repaired as soon as possible so that any apprehension about their dilution or neglect can be lifted. The Indian government must remedy these grievances by putting people of that religion in confidence and not delaying the talks. The delaying tactics adopted by the Union government can only fuel the suspension of the government’s intentions among the people. Shifting goal posts from Union territory to statehood has wider ramifications at the national, international and UT level, especially at a time when China is determined to disrupt the status quo. and where the armies of two countries are face to face at ALC.
In addition, these changes in demands may develop mistrust between the Union government and relevant parties not only in the Ladakh region, but also other states which may have to engage in talks. This mistrust may not be a healthy development for the country.