Communal harmony on display: 52-year-old dispute over construction of monastery resolved in Kargil

Communal harmony on display: 52-year-old dispute over construction of monastery resolved in Kargil

A yatra named ‘Eco Pad Yatra’ was taken out from Leh to Mulbek - an important Buddhist centre near Kargil.

The issue of construction of a Gompa (a small monastery) in Kargil which had become a bone of contention was resolved by the leaders of the both regions- Leh and Kargil after a gap of 52-years.

The Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA), Ladakh Gonpa Association (LGA) and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) met in Kargil and adopted a joint resolution resolving the issue of construction of a Gonpa at the earliest in Kargil.

The resolution was jointly signed by 18 senior leaders of Leh and Kargil including religious as well as political.

The Kargil leadership has been arguing that as per the government order of 1969, the land at Kurbathang plateau in the township was earmarked for residential and not religious purposes

It was agreed by all the parties that a land measuring two kanals shall be allotted at Kurbathang through Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil in favour of Ladakh Buddhist Association exclusively for the construction of Gonpa at the earliest so that LBA could start construction as early as possible.

“All the parties also agreed to work together in order to maintain and promote communal harmony in Ladakh. It was also decided by both the communities to care and respect the religious sentiments of each other to set an example of universal brotherhood globally,” the resolution said.

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“We set an example of bonhomie by resolving a long-standing issue through negotiation. The Leh parties are very happy. Other regions where such conflicts exist can look at how sensitive issues can be resolved,” Sajad Kargli, an influential leader based in Kargil told News18 soon after attending the meet.

A yatra named ‘Eco Pad Yatra’ was taken out from Leh to Mulbek - an important Buddhist centre near Kargil.

It was set to move towards Kargil where some Kargil-based Muslim religious organisations had expressed anguish citing the rally was a breach of an agreement between the leadership of the two regions.

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