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Negotiating Modernity: Youth, Technology and Culture
Friday, April 29, 2016 : Till a few decades back, Ladakh was primarily an agrarian society with a subsistence economy. The introduction and growth of a market economy, especially tourism, modern communication technology, media, and education have accelerated these changes. These have each contributed in shaping a distinct form of modernity in the lives of youth (15-29 years, India) in Ladakh....
 
By Tsering Norphel (Stakmo)
The messy affairs of Ladakh Affairs
LEH, Friday, April 29, 2016 : While the induction of Chhering Dorjay into the J&K Cabinet is a positive step, not allotting the Ladakh Affairs Department to him speaks volumes on the attitude of Kashmir and Jammu-centric politicians towards Ladakh. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in May 2014, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari had announced from the historic Leh Polo Ground on granting of Union Territory (UT) status for Ladakh within six months. But, unfortunately, when it comes to the actual action, the BJP is not comfortable even having a Ladakhi to look after the Ladakh Affairs Department. ...
 
By Tsewang Rigzin
Social Freedom Vis-À-Vis Social Responsibility
Leh, Thursday, March 3, 2016 : Social freedom from my perspective can be defined as the individual freedom to want what one desires and the freedom to live without fear, and also the freedom to agree to disagree. Many in the world are denied freedom and their lives are repressed by religious and political fundamentalism and thus there is constant conflict both within and outside. It is also the freedom to choose our lifestyle based on our aptitude and interest without having to be dictated by others. ...
 
By Tsewang Norbu Vivek
Small Hydro Power Plants: The Golden Boys of Ladakh
LEH, Thursday, March 3, 2016 : Small hydropower is a proven and mature technology. It’s predictable, high conversion efficiency and cost competitive renewable energy source. It requires relatively high initial investment but has the advantage of very low operation costs and long lifespan. Another beautiful advantage is about its gentleness when it comes to its operation it has a property of quick start and stops and can respond to the change in load faster especially at the time of load shedding and brownouts unlike thermal plant which is very slow and sluggish that’s why I take metaphor “Golden Boys”....
 
By Konchok Ishey
The Great Ladakhi Dilemma
Leh, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 : Ladakh, a region which was an independent kingdom for centuries, was annexed by the Dogra rulers, in 1834, and successfully integrated under the Dogra domain, centered in Jammu, in 1846. Then after, it remained as a province which included Baltistan (now on the other side of the border) commonly known as “Ladakh Wazarat”. Though, the voice of a distinct and separate Ladakhi identity echoed high even before independence in Ladakh. However, at the dawn of independence, an inevitable apprehension took hold in all the three regions (Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh) of the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) equally. ...
 
By Haider Ali Askary
Are we ethically going bankrupt?
Economic development vis-à-vis upholding moral and spiritual values
Leh, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 : Ladakh over the past three decades has emerged as one of India's leading tourist destinations, attracting visitors across the globe. Westerners when they first discovered and came to Ladakh, they had a strong feeling of Déjà vu. Initially, they couldn’t understand what was going on but soon they realized that they had come back to a civilization that they had long lost. ...
 
By Tsewang Norbu Vivek
The curse of Early Marriage: a case of Zanskar
Zanskar, Thursday, August 13, 2015 : It is a great concern of social stability and development of the valley. It annoys me persistently that the young boys & girls are trap in early marriage in Ladakh in general and Zanskar in particular, the young stars are getting married at an early age, which is not an appropriate age to do so, the legal age of boy should not be less than 21 years and the age of girl should not be less than 18 years old but they don’t care about what the law says but our tradition is, just get married. It indicates the lack of awareness and socialization here the senior students should come forward and can play a vital role as guidance or friend to help them....
 
By Gurmath Lotos
Do Food Expiration Dates Really Matter?
Leh, Thursday, August 13, 2015 : In today’s scenario, it is usually found that the prices of consumer goods traded in the markets are settled arbitrarily by the manufacturers. It becomes very difficult for consumers to check whether retailers are actually charging the correct amount of local taxes on the products they sell. ...
 
By Padma Angmo
Battling Water Scarcity in Leh
Leh, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 : In a very real sense, water is life. Life on Earth started in water and without water life as we know it cannot continue. To provide potable water to each and every one is the responsibility of the concerned authorities and administration. The drinking water crisis in the Leh city was since long time and it is still going on.  The city is known as the most developed and beautiful place in the whole Ladakh region.
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By Gurmath Lotos
Can we rely on social networking sites for news!
Leh, Monday, April 20, 2015 : Everybody is a journalist these days.Everyone has a news to share, does not matter how he got the news, from where did he get it and what is the credibility of such a news.One will say what one has to say.These words 'Freedom of expression', believe it or not, I hear so much that now its boring me to death.

Facebook, twitter, whatsapp etc imagine life without all these in today’s time.These are the channels people use to vent their 'freedom of expression' anger. I remember the story when once Ralph Waldo Emerson was walking on a footpath when another person came swinging his walking stick. Upon which Ralph told him it might hit someone walking on the footpath. The man promptly stated that it was within his right to do whatever he pleases. Ralph replied "your freedom to swing your stick ends where my nose begins"! Amusing as it is his answer but how thoughtful. ...
 
By Hajira Bano Balkhang
The use, misuse and abuse of the mobile phone
Technology and a culture of disrespectfulness do not mix
Leh, Monday, April 20, 2015 : The dramatic rise in the misuse of mobile phone rings alarm bells. There is no doubt that technology has advanced more this half-century than it ever has. ...
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Polluted flows the Indus near Choglamsar Bridge
Choglamsar, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 : Indus River which is popularly called as ‘Singay Ltsangspo’ or  ‘Sindhu Nadhi’  in Ladakh  is one of the major source which provide drinking water to the people of Leh city and its surrounding areas like Choglamsar, Agling and Spituk. More than that it also provides water for the villages like Shey, Chuchot, Stakna for agriculture.  In the past decades, the water of this river is polluted by the people. The very river that is the life source of many is fast turning into a heap of Garbage near Choglamsar Zampa (Bridge).

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By Padma Angmo
Women, stay safe!
Leh, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 : A region like Ladakh which is known for its honesty, selflessness and humanity people are losing their qualities, for which an outsider used to visit us just to see its people and their way of living. Today in Ladakh many crimes are taking place just like other countries. Especially women feel insecure to go outside the house; even a school student has not been forgiven.

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By Padma Angmo
Amrutdhara: An initiative to provide affordable clean water with zero plastic waste
Leh, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 : Three years ago the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council(LAHDC) Leh proposed to impose a complete ban on mineral water bottles to reduce its environmental impact on Ladakh’s fragile ecosystem as plastic bottles heavily contribute to the solid waste.  The initiative was also meant to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed youths by establishing safe drinking water filling stations of their own. Despite LAHDC’s best intention, the decision later had to be reconsidered as an alternative was not easily available then. Amrutdhara could perhaps become one of the solutions to such initiatives which can gradually be expanded to the entire country in a phase manner. 

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By Tsewang Rigzin
People of Ladakh: its origin
Leh, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 : The present day population of Ladakh is the result of blending together of the Dards, the Mons, and the Mongolians cites Ladakh District Census Handbook, 1961. It further explains that except for some stray commentaries and hazy accounts the past history of the district is shrouded in mystery. 
In any case, it is believed that the district was first inhabited by a tribe of nomads who tended their herds in the small valleys of Ladakh. The rock carvings which have been preserved to this day indicate that they chased the Kiang or the Wild Sheep.
 
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By Sartic Aersang
Lhakhang serpo-the first Gelugpa School of Ladakh
Stakmo, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 : The Lhakhang serpo is situated in the middle of Stakmo village which is about 25 km away at an elevated height of 12,675 feet. The upper highland part of the village is bestowed with various kinds of herbs, flora, fauna and hot springs which is believed for curing many diseases. Mountain shape appears to be like Eight auspicious symbols (Tashis Stag gyat).  Besides mountains has many self-created or natural evolved (Rangjon) like that of Lord Buddha, Chamsreng, Gonbo, Lamo, Sung bum and many more.

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By Kunzang Dolma Stakmo
Demystifying the status of a Ladakhi woman!
Leh, Friday, March 13, 2015 : What do they say about self love? That it should be accompanied by self critique. We Ladakhis give ourselves a lot of credit when it comes to thinking positive for and about women in Ladakh. We like to believe that our society is one where women enjoy equal rights more or less in every sphere of life. To some extent the benefit of doubt we give ourselves is true; our women do enjoy a very good status as compared to women outside Ladakh.

With the same perception of equality, independence and growth, 64 women from different walks of Leh including members of Panchayat, Self Help Groups, 2010 Leh flash flood victims, journalists, teacher and members of different NGOs and women representative of two major political parties of Leh set out for an exposure tour on ‘Women Leadership’ to various places in India like Rajasthan, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

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By Hajira Bano Balkhang
Ladakh : ephemeral beauty with mounting challenges.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 : Folk Lore of vicitimsation
Deelip Padgaonkar, Chairman of group of interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir had very rightly labeled the three regions playing the cards of “Competitive victimization”. Though the report created only an ephemeral noise, it lies now in cold storage of north block. Ladakh has been playing this card since independence but using this card now would be naive as argument without any credible proof and statistic would be lost in air. Any sane advice would be if you are victim fight for it within the means and parameters. The report also spilled some beans, on the functioning of the autonomous district hill councils. It noted the two district hill councils never had single joint meeting. Perhaps this was the reason that now the two councils have started to talk and talk together with Srinagar.

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By Rinchen Tundup
Ladakh 1994 – Number that Rings!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 : Numbers; we can hate them, but never ignore. No matter how much we try to keep them at bay, they would creep in; for counting, is one of the fundamental faculties of human psyche. ...
 
By Lhundup Gyalpo
HALF WIDOW, HALF WIFE- The story of Kashmiri women
Delhi, Thursday, December 18, 2014 : As per Hannah Ardent “Violence stands in opposition to power and nothing is worse than combination of violence and power. Gender is a system of social hierarchy in which masculine characteristics are more valued than feminine ones. So violence based on gender share deep relationship. Women all over India faces physical as well as mental violence which is either domestic (patriarchal family) or other factors like war, military rule, communal, caste and ethnic identity e.g., in Gujarat riots 2002 mass rape in Surat of Muslim women. Also in states like Bihar and Haryana atrocities against Dalit women is done by upper caste men. In north-eastern states like Manipur and Nagaland women face violence by military. Kashmiri women tales of violence is horrifying and long lasting. Kashmir lies at heart of India and Pakistan and it is important to understand that Kashmir conflict poses a complex humanitarian issue and it is also important to understand that preventing gender violence goes hand in hand with establishing lasting peace in the state.

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By Jegmet Spaldon