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Conflict In The Village

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The villagers seemed to be able to avoid quarrels and arguments when tiredness, frustration and displeasure might have provided reasons for bad tempers and cross words. They laughed easily at their own and others' mistakes. The breaking of a thermos, a valuable item, was greeted with a shrug of the shoulders and a sigh. The villagers effectively preclude the expression of individual rights by concentrating on the course of the disruption and expression of anger and antagonism. When anger leads to a quarrel but the protagonists walk away or make up their differences then the incident remains merely a talking point in the village. Disputes are events of public significance and shakhs (mediation) is a conscious, deliberate process. It is a widely discussed village practice which follows a hierarchical pattern culminating in the meeting of the yulpa, the village's ultimate judicial authority.

Keywords: anger; argument; disputes; Ladakhi villagers; quarrel; yulpa



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