Sonam Wangchuk, a social reformer from Ladakh whose life story inspired the Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’, claims to have been placed under house arrest, and has not joined any statement from the Federal Territory Administration. I was asked to “sign a pledge” that I would not. A public gathering on recent events in Leh for one month. “I promise not to make any comments or statements in relation to recent events in Leh district and not to attend or speak at public gatherings or activities. The peace and tranquility of some of it, as well as law and order, may be endangered (sic) for a month,” according to the bond he shared on his Twitter handle.
The pledge also stipulates that they must not instigate anti-government slogans or activities that disturb public security, and that they must fast in authorized areas. “Any violation will attract legal action,” he added.
On the fourth day of a five-day fast at a height of 18,380 feet at the summit of Khardung La, the Ladakh-based innovator is under house arrest for trying to stop the regime from spreading his message and reaching out. claimed to be. to people. Wangchuk said he had announced a five-day hangar strike from January 26, aimed at drawing the central government’s attention to the demands of the Ladakh people. Glaciers in the Union Territory.
He also urged the government to include the area in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, which allows some tribal areas to be administered as self-governing bodies. On January 27, he said, “The government has restricted my fasting since the first day of my protest here on the grounds of a threat to my life.
Earlier, while speaking to ANI, Wangchuk said that if carelessness continues and Ladakh refrains from being protected from industry, the glaciers here will become extinct, creating a huge problem due to water shortages in India and its neighboring regions. “If no measures are taken, industry, tourism and commerce will continue to thrive in Ladakh, eventually ending it. Glaciers in Leh Ladakh are almost 2/3rd, if they are not properly managed. I understand.
In a 13-minute video shared by Wangchuk on his YouTube channel, Wangchuck called on the country and the world to “urgently” help protect “eco-sensitive” areas of Ladakh. He also urged PM Modi to intervene under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution to protect the ecosystem. Wangchuk, born in 1966, is a mechanical engineer and director of the Himalayan Alternative Institute (HIAL), Ladakh, and was awarded the Magsaysay Award in 2018.
Wangchuk’s personality inspired a fictional character named Punsk Wangdu, essayed by Aamir Khan in the 2009 film 3 Ediots. The Ladakh-based engineer is known for founding an innovative school called Student Education and Culture Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). The school campus runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating. He founded SECMOL in his 1988 with the aim of assisting children and youth in Ladakh and training students deemed failures by the system.
In 1994, Wangchuck launched Operation New Hope to bring about reforms in the public school system. (Ani)
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