Markets remain close in Leh due to Martyr's Day. -
Markets remain close in Leh due to Martyr's Day.
Posted 28 Aug 2017 01:39 PM

Tributes were paid on Sunday to the martyrs who laid down their lives while agitating for the Union Territory status to Ladakh in 1989. Political and religious leaders of Leh paid tributes to Nawang Rinchen of Sankar village, Tsering Stobdan of Durbuk and Tsewang Dorjey of Saboo- popularly known as 'Nawang, Dorjay and Stobdan', at Martyrs' Memorial Park Skyatsaks Leh on their 27th Death Anniversary on Sunday. Tributes were also paid to venerable Lobzang Tsondus of Likir and Tashi Angchuk of Saspol who sacrificed their lives on January 24, 1981, during an agitation launched to demand Schedule Tribe (ST) status to Ladakhis. Every year Martyrs Day is organized on the August 27 by the Ladakh Buddhist Association to honor the sacrifices made by three Ladakhis. President LBA Tsewang Thinless, CEC, LAHDC Leh Dr Sonam Dawa, Congress Legislator Party Leader and Leh MLA Nawang Rigzin Jora, Executive Councilors, Councilors, religious leaders, political party leaders and general public participated in the observation of the Martyrs' Day. All business establishments remained closed until afternoon as a tribute to the martyrs. Earlier, Smonlam Prayers were performed by monks of Lingshed Monastery. Leaders offered Khataks to the portraits of the martyrs at the Martyrs Memorial Chorten, Stupa, at Martyrs Memorial Skyatsaks, Leh. The incident happened in 1989 when Ladakhi leaders in Leh had intensified an agitation demanding UT for Ladakh. As a result of which the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi intervened and proposed grant of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Developmental Council (LAHDC) for Leh on the pattern of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council as an interim arrangement to ensure better governance at grassroots. Therefore today two Hill Councils exist in Ladakh, one each for Leh and Kargil Districts. President LBA Tsewang Thinles handed over papers of allotment of land in favour of the families of the martyrs as a token of honour and gratitude to the martyrs. CEC, LAHDC Dr Sonam Dawa informed that land proposed to be allotted in favor of the families from LAHDC is also in the pipeline. Talking about Ladakh's demand for UT, LBA president said that efforts will be made to take Kargil also on board and a mechanism has to be worked out for a proposal of a UT where people from the minority communities also feel safe and secure. Thinles also said that documentary film is being made and that same can be screened next year on the Martyrs Day so that younger generation gets the desired knowledge about the struggle that ultimately led to the formation of LAHDC. CEC Dr. Dawa also supported the idea of observing the Martyrs Day in a bigger way. Paying tributes to the martyrs, Nawang Rigzin Jora proposed participation of school students in the observation of the Martyrs Day from next year onwards so that coming generation is acquainted with sacrifices made by these Ladakhis for Ladakh's cause. He also acknowledged that over the years LAHDC has played a major role in the development of Ladakh region and claimed that Ladakhi leadership has always placed the sanctity of the LAHDC above all differences. He said when it comes to issues like the UT demand, Ladakhi leaders always speak in one voice as was done before the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh last year. "We will hit it when the iron is hot," Jora said while talking about raising the UT demand at the appropriate and right time while raising it every day will not be that effective. Jora also announced to support martyrs families under IAY scheme in the next financial year out of the Constituency Development Fund. In his vote of thanks, President LBA Youth Rinchen Namgyal said that Ladakh also needs to have a debate about the advantages and disadvantages of Article 35A which is being debated across the State.

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