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"All is not well in Ladakh" Sonam Wangchok

"All is not well in Ladakh" Sonam Wangchok

Education reformist Sonam Wangchuk, who has been hailed for his innovations, on Saturday posted a video message in an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he underlined: "All is not well in Ladakh". In the clip, titled after the popular Bollywood song - "All is Well" from the movie 3 idiots, where the protagonist's character was based on Wangchuk's life, the innovator can be heard praising the Prime Minister for banning "single use plastic" while many other world leaders - including Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump among others - have been criticised for their decisions hurting environment and have been viewed as "environmental criminals".

Ladakh, also known as the world's "third pole", is facing dire concerns, he is heard elaborating in the clip as he refers to the 6th Schedule and protests linked to it. Locals have been demanding the inclusion of Ladakh under the 6th Schedule to ensure overall economic development and autonomy in decisions and the issue has also been previously raised in Parliament. “Ladakh has nearly 95 per cent of tribal population while the Constitution seeks 50 per cent of tribal population in an area for applicability of 6th Schedule. Anticipations were being made that Ladakh would soon be included. Minister Arjun Munda had also given assurances,” Wangchuk says in the clip where he shares “Ladakh ke Mann ki Baat (What's on Ladakh's mind)” with the title being inspired from PM Modi's radio programme “Mann Ki Baat".

He further urges PM Modi and Amit Shah to take part in the talks regarding the union territory. He also said that he would hold a symbolic fast from January 26, Republic Day, for five days to raise the issue further and "not from the comfort of a shelter but out in the winter chills". "If I survive, I will see you," he says while signing off.

Sources: Mansoor Hussain Beigh (Ladakh) 

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