By Jacqueline H. Fewkes
This ebook presents an ethno-historical learn of the exchange procedure in Ladakh (India), a hectic entrep?t for Silk course exchange among imperative and South Asia. formerly part of worldwide networks, Ladakh turned an remoted border zone as nationwide obstacles have been outlined and enforced within the mid-20th century. As exchange with imperative Asia ended, social lifestyles in Ladakh was once irrevocably altered. The author's learn combines anthropological, ancient, and archaeological equipment of research, utilizing info from basic files, ethnographic interviews and participation-observation fieldwork. the result's a cultural historical past of South and imperative Asia, detailing the social lives of historic Ladakhi investors and deciding on their neighborhood as a sophisticated social crew. the connection among the ancient narratives and the trendy ethnographic context illustrates how social concerns in sleek groups are concerning these of the prior. it really is validated that this courting is dependent upon either thoughts, narratives in regards to the prior developed inside of current social contexts, and legacies, ways that the earlier maintains to form current social interactions. This publication can be of specific curiosity to anthropologists, historians and experts in South and imperative Asian reviews, in addition to these attracted to ancient archaeology, technological know-how, sociology, political technology and economics.
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The church also runs a school, the Moravian Mission School in Leh, which is a popular education venue for children from elite Buddhist and Muslim families, as well as those from area Hindu and Sikh families. There was a nineteenth-century Catholic presence in Ladakh as well (Bray 1997), and today the army population has its own Roman Catholic Church and priests who have recently established a new Catholic school in Ladakh. While the religious grounds for calling Ladakh “Little Tibet” are thus flawed, there is certainly historical evidence of links between the Tibetan political and economic spheres and those of Ladakh, as discussed in the next chapter.
1963, Johri 1969, and Lamb 1968 and 1973). The strong military presence in contemporary Ladakh is thus part of a new political arena on the roof of the world. Even during peacetime a large percentage of the Indian army is stationed in Ladakh, such as the estimated 30–40,000 army personnel in Ladakh in 1998 (Angeles and Tarbotton 2001:101). Even larger numbers of troops are posted there during periods of heightened border tension with Pakistan. The military presence within Ladakh today is a sensitive issue, rarely studied due to Indian national security concerns.
In this atmosphere of increasing communalization, social relations also became a weapon as hostility was manifested in the form of a “Buddhist social and commercial boycott against Muslims” (Jina 1994:31). The social boycott, although used as political tool for discrete political goals, had more lasting social results. Martijn van Beek wrote: A very significant aspect of the agitations was the imposition of a social boycott on the entire Muslim population of Ladakh. 6 The boycott is a total one, banning all interactions with the boycotted people.
Trade and Contemporary Society along the Silk Road: An Ethno-history of Ladakh by Jacqueline H. Fewkes