Inter-community relations in Ladakh through the ages till now
The present study seeks to analyse the inter-communal relationship between Muslims and Buddhists in Ladakh through the ages till now. The relationship between the Buddhists and Muslims had remained cordial till 19th century. For many centuries both the communities had been living in harmony. There was no any communal conflict between them. Inter-religious marriages were common between the two communities. However, after independence the communal harmony and traditional bonding, which was shared by the two communities, dramatically changed. Religion and politics clearly have interacted in Ladakh since independence. The underlying organization of formal politics was along the communal lines. The political leaders used religion and played their part in spreading communalism to put pressure on the state government to accept the Ladakhi demands.