Muslim-Buddhist Love Jihad: Get ready for another jolt to Communal Harmony in J&K!

Tension is simmering in Ladakh over allegations of forcible conversions of Buddhist girls to Islam. The Muslims community has made a counter claim. The Ladakh Buddhist Association has said that their pleas to the government have fallen on deaf ears and they plan to petition the Prime Minister on the issue. With tension simmering the Muslim community too has sought for protection. Ladakh has seen violent clashes in the past and the LBA had called for a boycott of all Muslims. The same was however lifted later on.

The LBA then began a struggle demanding a separate constitutional status of a Union Territory for Ladakh. This led to the boycott amidst allegations of forced conversions. The Sunnis had also become dominant in the region as they dominated the economy. However the Buddhists decided to boycott them labelling them as Kashmiri agents. The government had to intervene in 1992 following which the Leh Autonomous Hill Council, providing the Leh district with considerable internal autonomy was set up. In the security 2000 the then chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir tabled a resolution in the assembly calling for the restitution of the pre-1953 status of J&K as an autonomous entity with the Union of India. Protests broke out again and LBA sought that Ladakh be declared a union territory. With the insecurity back, it is an urgent problem that the government would need to address. If the problem continues to linger on, one would witness violent clashes again and this would give fodder to Pakistan.

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