Movements by troops from The People's Republic of China along the Kashmir Border State of Ladakh in the late 1950's brought world attention to the isolated area for perhaps the first time in its history.
Movements by troops from The People's Republic of China along the Kashmir Border State of Ladakh in the late 1950's brought world attention to the isolated area for perhaps the first time in its history. Geographically Ladakh was separated from India and communications into the area were restricted. The people of Ladakh had been left to lead a life of their own.
In nineteen fifty nine it was revealed that Chinese forces had seized part of Ladakh and had constructed a road across the occupied territory to connect Sinkiang with Tibet. An Indian reconnaissance patrol was attacked by Chinese troops and suffered casualties. In reply to Indian protests the People;s Republic of China claimed that the area in dispute was Chinese territory and refused to withdraw its forces. Further border conflict broke out in 1962 when Chinese troops forced the evacuation of Key Indian Military posts guarding the Karakoram Pass. In November 1962 the Chinese announced a unilateral ceasefire. However, the border dispute was to continue for several years before it was finally settled.
The presence of the Chinese in part of Ladakh has prompted the Indian Government to accelerate plans for adequate communications to be introduced. Roads have now been constructed and many of the major towns now know what it is like to have a piped water supply. The people of Ladakh have accepted the intrusion of the modern facilities but have not allowed them to interfere with their traditional and primitive way of life.