A conflict between Muslims and Buddhists of the Ladakh Union Territory (UT) was averted on Monday after a march by a monk in direction of Kargil city to arrange a monastery was referred to as off on the intervention of the administration.
Officials mentioned the L-G administration intervened to cease the ‘peace march’ by an unbiased monk, Choskyong Palga Rinpoche, who began a ‘paad yatra’ earlier this month. Rinpoche was stopped at Mulbek, round 35 km away from the Kargil city, on Monday.
Rinpoche is agitating to arrange a monastery in Kargil, as envisaged in an order issued in 1961. However, the transfer was opposed by the Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA), an amalgam of a number of non secular and political events primarily based in Muslim-Majority Kargil.
Sources mentioned Union Home Minister Amit Shah was apprised concerning the situation and its ramifications.
“We thank the Lieutenant Governor and the deputy commissioner for their role in stopping the so-called peace march, which had potential to stoke passions and fuel tension between the two communities,” Sajjad Kargili, a KDA member, informed The Hindu.
He mentioned a deliberate try was being made to divide and create fault strains within the UT. “We seek an amicable solution to the issue. We are in touch with the Ladakh Buddhist Association, Leh, to find a solution,” he added.
In 1961, a bit of land was earmarked for the development of a monastery in Kargil. The transfer, nonetheless, was opposed by the Muslims in Kargil, who mentioned no Buddhists reside within the city which is house to Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) and the Islamia School Kargil (ISK).
Later, in 1969, in response to the KDA, the sooner order was amended and the land was earmarked for constructing residential or business complexes. The order additionally instructed that in no case ought to the positioning be used for any non secular goal.
The KDA, In a letter written to the District Magistrate, Kargil, described the monk’s march as “politically motivated” with the “clear intention of disturbing the communal harmony and peace in the area”. The march was aimed toward laying a basis stone on the web site.
Meanwhile, the KDA and the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) have “unanimously agreed that the issue must be solved amicably, taking the main stakeholders into confidence”.
Thupstan Chhewang, president of the LBA, mentioned a non secular occasion has been taking place on the web site, and it was achieved this yr too. The LBA this yr introduced that the muse stone for a gumpa in Kargil could be laid. “There is a demand to set up a gumpa on two kanals of land that was granted to the LBA. We are pursuing it peacefully,” Mr. Chhewang.
He mentioned there was an modification order to the 1961 order in 1969 to vary the land use for residential or business complexes. “We demand that the 1961 order should be restored. Else, we will make a representation to have a gumpa at the site. We are aiming to construct it with the help of the local population,” he added.
The inhabitants in Ladakh includes 46.6% Muslims, 39.7% Buddhists and 12.1% Hindus.