When in other parts of the nation, politics is synonyms with deceit, corruption and almost every negative word of the dictionary then the politics of Ladakh is a ray of hope in the dark clouds.
Elections of the 6th Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh took place on October 22. The result were declared four days later, on October 26. Many prominent parties like BJP and Congress have their candidates running.
Most of the candidates running for the seats can be categorized into youth. Many of these have studied in the country’s best educational institutes. Most of them are beneficiaries of their ST status.
One Congress candidate has been a student of St. Stephens college in Delhi University, while another a part of Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture. A candidate from BJP has a doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy from Delhi University. Apart from the candidates, there are many Ladakhis who are highly educated and form the elite class of the Union Territory. Education has made Ladakhis a part of the capitalist economy.
Unfortunately, the younger politicians which make the politics of the newly formed UT are said to have no significant control of the regional BJP Unit.
BJP J&K General Secretory, Ashok Kaul, is said to have a major influence in the working of BJP Ladakh Unit even though he does not belong to the UT. Thupstan Chhewang and Chering Dorjay, both once members of BJP have even raised the issue of the leadership to the party but never got satisfactory response. The condition of the Congress is also not fair, to say the least.