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Leh – A mystery or plain neglect?

Leh was the capital of the kingdom of Ladakh but it has been converted to the Leh district now. With an area of 45,110 sq km, it is largest district in India after Kutch in Gujarat. Leh has been for long one of the most important trade routes as it has China to its east, Pakistan to its west and also Tibet to its west. Being at an altitude of 3,500m, its terrain is one of the most hilly and difficult to navigate among all the places across the country.

Being in Jammu and Kashmir, Leh has always had to face a lot of political, social and economic problems. Be it China’s claim over Aksai Chin and Pakistan’s claim over Kashmir, the central government’s neglect in terms of basic facilities like roads, education, health-care etc, the people of Leh have seen it all. They stand with their heads held high at hearing our national anthem everyday. But what they get in return – complete disregard from the government along with the entire population of the country.

The rivers, streams, snow, amazing landscapes and much more at Leh are those to watch out for. It is surely a tourist’s delight. But what about the basic facilities for the people? Does anyone care? The destruction caused by the recent cloudburst is mind numbing. You need to read this article by tarun vijay to know what exactly happened there. It will surely make you cry.

There is no proper hospital there. There is no morgue to keep the dead bodies. One of the most famous schools there, the one showed in the movie 3 Idiots has been washed away, people have been rendered homeless – the whole area looks like a war ravaged zone. Did we need this to awake the people of our country and also those at the government?

Its a really sorry state of affairs that we talk about other nations attacking us, terrorist and Naxal threats, threats from Dawood Ibrahim and what not. But we cannot sadly provide basic facilities to parts of our country. The same is the case with the North East.

So how many more tragedies, catastrophes and disasters do we need to recognize the fact that even these places however far they are, are the parts of the country?

Do you think Leh / Ladakh is a case of mystery or plain neglect by the men at the center? Would love to hear your views!


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  1. forum

    i read that article. Its really sad and scary. Got a shiver down my spine. I really wonder why is all the concentration restricted to only a few problems. Be it mumbai floods nothing has actuallx materialised. Hope their souls rest in peace. 🙁

    • aseemrastogi2

      We keep talking about economic growth, economic development; our country being the fastest developing economy in the world. But what’s the use of development which goes to only a section of the population.

  2. Aisha


    I agree with you 100%. I am very happy that India is an independent country today. But, really how indpenedent are we ?? The above article makes us all sad and disgusted that why are indians in an independent india still suffering so badly.. 🙁

    • aseemrastogi2

      You have pointed out the problem correctly. We call ourselves the fastest developing economy in the world. But what is the use of such development which doesn’t reach all sections of the population. REALLY SAD!

  3. Anita

    Your article brought tears in my eyes!!!! Dont know what to comment.

    • aseemrastogi2

      And to think of the fact that we call ourselves one of the fastest developing economies of the world. What’s development without thinking of the people.

  4. Mini

    This blog post of urs has moved me . Touched my heart seriously

    • aseemrastogi2

      I wish our so called economic growth was all inclusive and not restricted to few sections of the population.

  5. Abhishek

    Very touching article and thought provoking too. Good work.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Its really sad to see that even after more than 60 years of independence, we have a section of our population which is not even getting the basic necessities of life.

  6. Kedar

    Last week, while I was traveling in train to home, 2 of my co-passengers were Indian army soldiers who were also going home. They had been posted in Leh for the past few months. They explained how terrible it was for them for the last few days as they had to work day and night to help the people out there who were affected by the cloud-storm. They had to save many people from the floods only to realize later that their family members were no more 🙁 . Also, the situation is so grim that any sort of external aid is hardly reaching the victims.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Thanks for narrating your experience Kedar. It just feels so depressing to hear news like this despite 63 years of our independence. Are we really independent in the true sense of the word?

  7. abha

    Dear Icould not read the article by Tarun Vijay ,but could gather information about destruction in Leh th news and the sorry state of affairs from your blogs its really sad . why govt in centre not taking care of our Indian brothers and sisters there in Leh ?

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