This region has always shared a complex relationship with water, and water has always had its way.
Many of the labourers who build the mountainous roads in Ladakh are migrants from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand – they brave the extreme weather and risky work because of few livelihood options back home.
“Our sorrow is common to all of us; we have become the playthings of both countries (India and Pakistan).”
“Nobody asked me my view as if I don’t matter in this game of misogyny played in my name.”
The Ladakh Buddhist Association issued an ultimatum asking all those from Kargil working in Ladakh to leave by Thursday.
When he’s not farming, Tsering Angchuk travels across villages in Ladhak with his portable loom, weaving his highly-reputed version of a woollen fabric called ‘snamboo’ as he goes.
The nomadic Changpas of Hanle Valley in Ladakh herd pashmina goats, live in high-altitude pasturelands and even retain old barter systems – but their ways of life are changing.
The government’s goal should be to create incentives for all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to engage politically with the question of what kind of relationship the state should have with the Indian Union.
Chinese troops had infiltrated the Barahoti ground in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which has remained a disputed area since 1957.
A ten-day trip to Uzbekistan brought out numerous connections between central Asia and Jammu and Kashmir.