Ladakhi Buddhists Oppose ‘unwanted’ Interference Of Hurriyat

Ladakhi Buddhists Oppose ‘unwanted’ Interference Of Hurriyat

29 October 2012
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Jammu: Fear gripped the Buddhist community, a minority in the state, due to what they termed an unwanted interference by the Hurriyat Conference and other “fundamentalist” groups of the Kashmir valley in the “internal” matter of the Ladakhi people. They said the Hurriyat Conference and some other radical groups were trying to rake up the recent issue of violence in the Zanskar area of Kargil district. “The conversion of some Buddhist families is purely an internal matter of the Buddhists and Muslims of the Ladakh region but the unwanted interference of some hardcore groups of the Kashmir valley has created fear among us,” Dr Tundup Tsewang, president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA), told The Tribune. He said such groups were notorious for playing the communal card on all issues. “Both the communities have been living together in complete harmony for decades together because both the communities have cultural similarities,” he said, adding that some fundamentalist groups of the Valley were trying to create a division between the communities by raking up the Zanskar issue. Tsewang cautioned that this unwanted “third party” intervention would prove disastrous for the otherwise peaceful Ladakh region. He said people of Ladakh were capable enough to solve their internal matters. “Fundamentalist groups such as the Hurriyat Conference for the last two decades have been desperately trying to strengthen their base in the Ladakh region but their communal agenda has been rejected by people here,” he said. Kunchuk, vice-president of the youth wing of the LBA said unnecessary interference of the Hurriyat Conference and other “fanatic” groups was a matter of concern as they were instigating communities against each other. Strongly disapproving the “vicious” campaign launched by the Hurriyat Conference and other elements, Tundup said the Buddhist population was just 15 per cent in Kargil district. “We are in minority in Kargil district but the Hurriyat Conference is trying to give an impression that we have attacked the minorities in Kargil,” he said. Buddhist leaders lamented that the authorities had failed to check the activities of such forces in Ladakh. “The reaction of the Hurriyat Conference on the Zanskar incident was part of a deep-rooted conspiracy,” Tundup said. He cautioned the state government against allowing such forces to increase their activities in the region.