ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 2, April-June, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
INDIA NEEDS A ROBUST LADAKH POLICY: CASE FOR A SEPARATE STATE OF LADAKH
P. Stobdan
 
ABSTRACT
The paper discusses the geopolitical environment in India’s immediate vicinity especially China’s new aggressive economic and connectivity policies under the One- Belt-One-Road (OBOR) idea plus China’s $46 billion infrastructure spending plan through PoK that could transform the security landscape around India’s northern borders. The Chinese activities in PoK cannot be seen in isolation without the backdrop of its historical tag with this region.Once China’s hold over PoK gets tighter, it would inevitably have implications for Ladakh as well. The paper examines the conferment of “full Statehood” to Ladakh after taking on strategic consideration, drawing on a newly expansive Chinese foreign policy, aggressive Pakistani design for sponsoring terrorism, emerging new Islamic region north of Ladakh and growing opportunities for engagement with the Eurasian region.
 
KEYWORD
Corridor, kikisoso-laargalo, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR), Pangong Lake , Tibetanization
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