There is lot of excitement among members of the Ladakh contingent for the Republic Day Parade as the young Union territory is all set to make its debut in the extravaganza on Rajpath with a beautiful tableau depicting the iconic Thikse Monastery and its cultural heritage.
Ladakh is a region administered as a union territory, and constituting a part of the larger Kashmir region.
“Our tableau will be showcased for the first time on Rajpath in the grand parade. We had struggled to get a separate UT status and that aspiration was fulfilled in 2019 and we had celebrated it in Ladakh. And, now as an independent UT, with our own identity, we will be taking part in the ceremonial event. We feel very happy,” said Diksit Palmo, who hails from Leh.
She is one of the five women in the 11-member contingent led by a government official.
Palmo says she also was part of the contingent of the then state of Jammu & Kashmir in 2015, but this time, “our identity is our own”.
Rinchen Dolma, another member of the contingent, said, “We are proud to represent our region with our own name — Ladakh, and not as a constituent of J&K, which also has a different identity now.”
The tableau prominently depicts the historic Thikse Monastery located on top of a hill at Thikse in Leh district and is one of the most-visited tourist sites in the region.
Artistes dressed in colourful traditional Ladakhi ‘gunchas’ interacted with reporters on Friday during the media preview of the R-Day tableaux held at Delhi Cantonment.
“The Ladakh tableau highlights the vision for Ladakh to be carbon-neutral, and exemplary for the world. It also showcases the Indian Astronomical Observatory, located in Hanle, near Leh, one of the world’s highest sites for optical, infrared, and gamma-ray telescopes,” according to the tableaux details shared by the officials.