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Central rule a blessing in disguise for Ladakhi Buddhists
University of Ladakh
12/18/2018 11:31:34 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 18: The people of Ladakh, especially the Buddhists, have said that the "Central rule is better in the state than the popular rule" and that "the people of the region are being benefited due to the Central rule". They have spared even the BJP and accused it of letting them down in its desperate bid to please Kashmiri political class.
The assertion of the Ladakhis that the Central rule was better than popular rule is not based on heresy; it's based on hard facts. It was during the Central rule that Ladakhis got two autonomous hill development councils, one each for Buddhist-majority Leh district and Shiite-majority Kargil district. It happened during the regime of late PV Narasimha Rao in 1995 much to chagrin of Kashmiri leaders. Late Mufti had gone to the extent of saying that the "establishment of autonomous hill development council in Leh would hurt the Kashmiri psyche".
The people Leh had brought things to a stand still in 1989 to force the authorities to grant UT to the status, but they accepted autonomous hill development council during their negotiations with the then Union Home Minister Buta Singh as a temporary measure. The people of Kargil got a separate hill development council without any struggle or on a platter.
Similarly, it was during the Central rule that the Ladakhis got a separate University of Ladakh. It happened four days ago and a bill to this effect was adopted on Monday. Again, it was the Buddhists who held protest demonstrations in Leh, Jammu and other parts of the country and they got what they demanded. The University of Ladakh will have five colleges under it, three in Kargil and two in Leh and the Vice-Chancellor's office will be at Leh. The establishment of University of Ladakh will end the 70-year-old domination of Kashmir University over the Ladakh's educational system and cater to the educational needs of the people of the region.
There are also indications that Ladakh might get divisional status during the Central rule. If at all it happens, the Ladakhis will a separate administrative set-up and also offices of all the 40 directorates in the region. This will help the people get their works done without visiting Srinagar, the headquarters of the Kashmir division consisting of Kashmir and Ladakh.
The view of the Ladakhis that the Central rule is better than the popular rule needs to be viewed in this context. Indeed, the Central rule has been a boon for the people of Ladakh.
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