• Short Summary

    LADAKH IS THE GREAT UPLAND EASTERN PROVINCE OF KASHMIR. THE CEASEFIRE LINE BETWEEN INDIA AND?

  • Description


    THE INDUS RIVER AND THE MOUNTAIN ROAD THAT CONNECTS SRINAGAR, THE KASHMIR CAPITAL, WITH LEH; STREET SCENES IN LEH - TRADERS, MARKET, FAMILIES, HORSES; CHILDREN AT SCHOOL AT CHUSHAL AND WATCHING VOLLEYBALL; THE BUDDHIST LAMAS AT PRAYER (AND PRAYING FOR THE SNOW TO MELT); A BUDDHIST CREMATION; THE ARID COUNTRYSIDE AND THE YAKS, SHEEP AND GOATS; A POLO MATCH AND A FOLK DANCING GROUP.




    Initials PC/V/EML/ES PC/V/EML/ES


    EDITORS: THIS FILM WILL BE FOLLOWED SHORTLY BY A REPORT ON THE INDIAN ARMY IN LADKH.
    EDITORS: THIS FILM WILL BE FOLLOWED SHORTLY BY A REPORT ON THE INDIAN ARMY IN LADAKH.

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    Background: LADAKH IS THE GREAT UPLAND EASTERN PROVINCE OF KASHMIR. THE CEASEFIRE LINE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN DIVIDES IT SO THAT THE NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT OF SKARDU IS CONTROLLED BY PAKISTAN, AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICTS OF KARGIL AND LEH BY INDIA. EASTERN LADAKH IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PLATEAUX IN THE WORLD, DESOLATE AND SPARELY INHABITED. ITS PEOPLE LIVE AT ALTITUDES OF WELL ABOVE TWELVE THOUSAND FEET.

    THE PROVINCE IS ONE OF THE MOST STRATEGIC AREAS IN ASIA. IT LIES AT THE JUNCTURE OF THREE BIG COUNTRIES - THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, INDIA AND PAKISTAN. A LONG-STANDING DISPUTE OVER THE LADAKH BORDER LED TO A CONFLICT BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA IN THE REGION IN 1962.

    WITH AN AREA OF 37,000 SQUARE MILES AND A POPULATION OF ONLY 80,000, LADAKH IS UNDERDEVELOPED, WITH A PRIMITIVE AGRICULTURE AND NO INDUSTRIES. THE COST OF LIVING IS HIGH AS ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES ARE BROUGHT IN MOSTLY BY AIR. THERE ARE FEW ROADS AND INDIAN ARMY VEHICLES ARE THE ONLY MOTORISED TRANSPORT TO BE SEEN. THE LADAKHIS USE HORSE AND YAKS TO TRAVEL FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.

    EACH HOUSEHOLD GIVES ONE CHILD TO THE BUDDHIST RELIGION AS A NUN OR MONK. LAMAISTIC BUDDHISM REIGNS SUPREME AND THE MONASTERIES (GOMPAS) ARE STRONGHOLDS OF ALL POWER. TWENTY-EIGHT IMPORTANT GOMPAS OWN MORE THAN HALF THE ARABLE LAND. ELEVEN INCARNATE LAMAS, KNOWN AS SHENSAKS, WIELD GREAT INFLUENCE. THE CHIEF LAMA, KUSHAK BAKULA, IS ALSO THE KASHMIR MINISTER OF STATE FOR LADAKH AFFAIRS.

    THERE IS NATURAL SOUND THROUGHOUT THE FOLK DANCING SEQUENCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAHNJHGFHN0BC6RZEDPHXCIG6R
    Media URN:
    VLVAAHNJHGFHN0BC6RZEDPHXCIG6R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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