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In the tenth century a new state was established in Purang, south of Mount Kailash in western Tibet, by descendants of the central Tibetan monarchy and this came to incorporate a large part of Ladakh. The earliest Ladakhi kings were outsiders from western Tibet and their rule was imposed on the area by virtue of their military superiority. The Dogras obviously saw themselves as being responsible for law and order in Ladakh and there does appear to have been a certain amount of judicial activity in Leh and Kargil during their administration. In 1934 the Young Men's Buddhist Association (YMBA) was formed by a number of men from the Ladakhi elite, in particular members of the Leh kalon family, who were also renowned sponsors of Hemis monastery. The YMBA started to become politically active again in the late 1960s and reformed itself as the Ladakhi Buddhist Association (LBA).

Keywords: Dogras; Kargil; Ladakh; Ladakhi Buddhist Association (LBA); Leh; tenth century; western Tibet; Young Men's Buddhist Association (YMBA)



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