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Breaking NewsMuted Protest Could Erupt into Full Blown Agitation in Ladakh

Muted Protest Could Erupt into Full Blown Agitation in Ladakh


As discontent simmers in the cold desert region of , tensions seem set to rise in the coming days. Local activist Sonam Wangchuk continues his climate hunger strike entering its 13th day, pushing authorities to address long-standing demands for autonomy. In a show of solidarity, the Democratic Alliance has called for a half-day general shutdown on March 20th.

Wangchuk's peaceful protest in freezing temperatures highlights the Government's failure to safeguard Ladakh's and environment as promised. With 250 joining him in fasting, he warns risks becoming a “stepmother of democracy” if it denies rights to the people. Despite talks hitting an impasse, the popular educationist refuses to back down until constitutional guarantees are put in place.

While some try framing the movement along communal lines, organizers stress this is an issue uniting all of historically neglected Ladakh. Leaders from Kargil and Leh are soon meeting to map out a collective strategy after Home Ministry talks ended without agreement on requests for statehood or sixth schedule protections. With public frustration mounting over the stagnant situation, dissent appears poised to exponentially escalate if grievances go unaddressed.

As the local population unites in Wangchuk's defense, authorities would be wise to engage sincerely before simmering discontent boils over into widespread unrest across the terraced mountains of this strategically important region.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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