Sonam Wangchuk, a social reformer from Ladakh whose life story inspired the Bollywood film 3 Idiots, has claimed to have been placed under house arrest and has been ordered by the Federal Territory Administration to make no statements or participate. I was asked to “sign a pledge” not to. 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 any public gatherings or activities. Because it could jeopardize the peace and tranquility, law and order of the district or parts thereof for a month (sic),” 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 announced a five-day hunger strike starting January 26, intended to bring the demands of the Ladakh people to the attention of the central government. Glaciers in the Union Territory.
He also urged the government to include the region in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
“The government has restricted my fasting since the first day of my protest here, citing threats to my life,” he tweeted on Jan. 27.
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. He stressed that it would
“If no measures are taken, industry, tourism and commerce will continue to thrive in Ladakh, eventually ending it.
A recent study by the University of Kashmir and other research institutes concluded that Leh Ladakh’s glacier could lose almost two-thirds if not properly managed.
A study by the University of Kashmir found that glaciers surrounded by highways and human activities are melting at a relatively fast rate,” said Wangchuk.
In the 13-minute video Wangchuck shared on his YouTube channel, Wangchuck appealed to the nation and the world to “urgently” protect the “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.