Ladakhis demanding recognition of their language

December 13th, 2007 - 5:22 pm ICT by admin  

Jammu, Dec 13 (ANI): Thousands of Ladakhis staged a demonstration here today, demanding recognition of Ladakhi language known as Bhoti.
Carrying flags and placards, over 2000 natives of Ladakh in traditional Ladakhi costumes took to the streets and shouted slogans in support of their demands.
“Our first demand is that our language Bhoti should be given due acceptance by the concerned authorities. When Manipuri Nepali and other such languages can be given due importance, why not our language? Since fifteen years, we have been protesting. It is a shame that till date our demands have not been met,” said Tashi Targez, a protestor.
The protestors also demanded that the pilgrimage route to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet should be opened via Ladakh.
At present, the Hindu pilgrims are allowed to go to Kailash Mansarovar via Uttrakhand route which is prone to landslides.
Ladakhis contend that the route to Kailash Mansarovar via Ladakh is comparatively easier and safer. It would also improve the economy of people in far-flung areas along the route. But this would need acceptance from the Chinese authorities.
The people of Ladakh have been for long complaining that the region has been neglected by the Central and State Governments.
The Ladakh region, situated at the height of about 11,000 feet above the sea level, is the countys highest inhabited area. (ANI)

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