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All Is Not Well in the Sixth Schedule

A Reaction to the Demand for the Sixth Schedule in Ladakh

The Sixth Schedule model of governance has been aspired by many regions across India, including Ladakh. The perception of the people in Ladakh, as articulated by climate activist and educator Sonam Wangchuk, put a lot of faith in the Sixth Schedule for addressing the climate issues, providing a larger role for the local people on development matters and safeguarding the autonomy status of the region. This article presents the existing issues in the Sixth Schedule areas relating to autonomy and development, highlighting the essential challenges that the people of Ladakh could face if the Sixth Schedule status is granted in the region.

The authors acknowledge the comments and suggestions received from the anonymous reviewer on the earlier draft of this article.

The aspirations to be governed under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution in order to have more autonomy for protecting tribal identities, rights over resources, preserving ecological balance, and having a more localised approach to development has been the holy grail for many groups in the country, particularly in the states of North East India (NEI) and more recently in Ladakh. As seen from the recent demand raised by climate activist and educator Sonam Wangchuk, the Sixth Schedule is perceived as a beacon of autonomy and a panacea for local developmental issues. Nonetheless, the current experiences in the Sixth Schedule areas manifest the persistence of many problems, possibly due to its distinct nature of governance. As a good faith reaction to the demand led by Wangchuk to have a Sixth Schedule model of governance in Ladakh, this article highlights the current issues of governance and development in the Sixth Schedule areas of NEI and suggests its implications for Ladakh.

Recurrent Demand for the Sixth Schedule

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Updated On : 10th Dec, 2023
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