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Urban Processes And Political Change

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This chapter explains the measure of autonomy maintained by the villagers against the powerful influence of kings, religious forces and development projects. The author suggests to make sense of the dynamics of order found in the urban centre, Leh. The attitudes to conflict and dispute resolution that described in Photoksar are found widely throughout Ladakh. The importance of settling disputes locally was expressed by members of villages, Ladakhi non-governmental organization (NGO) officers and urban dwellers. Informants were always able to give examples of disputes that settled through the mediation of family and neighbours or at the instigation of the goba. Finally, the chapter provides explanation to either the Ladakh Hill Development Council (LAHDC) or the new panchayat system of local government. The LAHDC was established in 1994 as a result of the extended campaign led by the Ladakhi Buddhist Association (LBA) for a measure of regional autonomy for Ladakh.

Keywords: goba; Ladakh; Ladakh Hill Development Council (LAHDC); Ladakhi Buddhist Association (LBA); non-governmental organization (NGO) officers; panchayat system; Photoksar



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