Mount Kailash in Western Tibet is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists, and the local Bön religion. The sources of the Indus, Sutlej, Ganga, and Brahmaputra Rivers are all found in close proximity to it. (Ruth Gamble)
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Plastic bottles from tourists cover the environment in Ladakh, India. (Ruth Gamble)
- Urbanising Tibet: Aspirations, Illusions, and NightmaresOn 28 March 2019, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrated ‘Serfs Emancipation Day’ 西藏 百万农奴解放纪念日 or, alternatively, the sixtieth anniversary of ‘democratic reform in Tibet’ 西藏 民主改革. Exiled Tibetans commemorate 10 March 1959, the date of […]
- Are debates over linguistic rights erasing diversity?As elsewhere in High Asia, minority languages in Tibet are the first victims of international tensions. During the recent UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) periodic review of China, a total of twelve countries raised the issue […]
- Geopolitical moves in Jammu and Kashmir have a local cost, tooThe planned dissolution not only creates a regional disturbance, but tips the balance against minority rights.
Indian soldiers boarding ferry boats on the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati, Assam. (Alexander Davis)
The Lhasa-Chengdu Railway under construction along the Yarlung Zangpo River in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. (Ruth Gamble)