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Aryan villages in Ladakh getting two power houses

Of the six companies that bid for setting up the two projects of 9-MW each, a Chandigarh based firm ha actually bagged the contract.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 22, 2012, 11.24 PM IST
SRINAGAR: For a historic first, J&K government’s fully owned State Power Development Corporation is setting up two small power projects in Dah and Hanu, the twin hamlet of Kargil that is home to “pure Aryans” in the region. Of the six companies that bid for setting up the two projects of 9-MW each, a Chandigarh based firm ha actually bagged the contract.

“You can safely say, it would cost us Rs 180 crores,” a senior functionary of the J&K PDC said. “This will be the first time that the Aryans would get clean energy for their routine use.” The project envisaging tapping local streams to fed the turbines down the hills, the same mountain range that witnessed bloody battles during the 1999 Kargil skirmishes.

The company that bagged the contract is a registered power producer in the state and I operating a 7.5 MW unit at Brewar in Budgam. “His bid was the lowest of all,” informed sources told The ET.

Locally known as Drok Pa’s, these tribes are Buddhists but practice their own ancestral cultural rituals and systems. Living between Khaltse and Sheyok-Indus confluence, they are culturally distinct from the rest of the arid region and are believed to be the mixed progeny of Tibetan Dards and the soldiers who fought for Alexandra of Macedonia. They live and dress differently. They are tall, fair, well built and have beautiful pointed noses. They follow a different calendar. They worship cow, drink a lot, sing and dance. It is not public but within the clan, in absence of outsiders, they display their passion publicly by kissing the opposite gender. There are reports of polygamy, polyandry, wife swapping and pre-marital sex as well in some of these hamlets.

Less than 4000 Drokpa’s inhabit the cluster that includes Darchik and Garkun besides the Dah and Hanu hamlets.

Historians believe that some of the soldiers who lost their way while returning to Greece finally settled in these hamlets. Alexander’s army lost a battle in Baltistan (now in PoK), then called Porus.

It is this belief that gives these hamlets a distinction to an extent that travelling to the villages needs a specific permission. Last time in 1979, it created a scandal when two German tourists were arrested from the village because they wanted to have Aryan partners to have Aryan babies.

Though the purity of the culture has gradually diluted over the years by exposure to modern education and more interactions with the outside world including the army, the twin power projects will add to the pace of change in the hamlets.
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