Leh: Sonam Wangchuk, the social reformist from Ladakh whose life story inspired the Hindi movie ‘3 Idiots’, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the safety and protection of Ladakh since studies have suggested that about two-thirds of the glaciers here are moving towards extinction.

Wangchuk on Sunday said that if the careless moves continued and Ladakh is denied protection from industries, the glaciers will die out, adding to the intense problems due to water scarcity in India and neighbouring regions, reports NDTV.

The reformist pointed out that if measures were not taken, industries, tourism and commerce will continue to flourish in Ladakh, but also destroy it. “Recent studies from Kashmir University and other research organizations have concluded that glaciers in Leh-Ladakh will finish nearly to its 2/3rd if they are not properly taken care of. A study by Kashmir Univesity has found that the glaciers surrounded by highways and human activities are melting at a comparatively faster rate,” he added.

Wangchuk further said that the climate change was not the outcome of merely the global warming due to work in America and Europe. Local pollution and emissions were equally responsible for such problems to Ladakh. “In areas like Ladakh, there should be minimal human activities so that the glaciers can remain intact for the locals here and the country across," he stressed.

Also pointing out the importance of the need for adoption of sustainable development, the reformist ‘urgently’ requested Modi to ensure Ladakh and other Himalayan regions are protected from ‘industrial exploitation’, as it will safeguard the lives and employment of the locals. He highlighted to PM Modi to intervene and safeguard the ecosystem under the sixth schedule of the Indian constitution.

Wangchuk, however, also pointed out that the citizens too have an equal responsibility towards mitigation of climate change and should be equally concerned about the matter. In a 13-minute video shared on his YouTube channel Wangchuk ‘urgently’ appealed to Indians and the people of the world to help protect the "environmentally sensitive" region of Ladakh.

He laid stress on adapting to sustainable modes of living and on using resources to meet the current development goals but preserving them for the future generations so that nature could continue providing the resources and services to human beings.

He appealed to children to avoid wasting food and clothes as it would harm the environment.

"ALL IS NOT WELL in Ladakh! In my latest video I appeal to @narendramodi ji to intervene & give safeguards to eco-fragile Ladakh. To draw attention of Govt & the world I plan to sit on a 5 day #ClimateFast from 26 Jan at Khardungla pass at 18000ft -40 degree C," he said in a Tweet.

Wangchuk also said that, in order to pass his message to PM Modi and the people on Republic Day, he would sit on a five-day fast at the Khardongla Pass.

"I will hold this 5-day long fast (Sanketik Anshan) at the Khardongla pass at a temperature of minus 40 degrees to deliver my message that these glaciers will not live anymore if we continued doing such hazards to the Earth," he said.

He also posted on Twitter, "A TEST RUN for my #ClimateFast at #Khardungla 18,000 ft minus 40 degrees Celsius starting 26th January... But the test is on my rooftop at #HIAL Phyang at 11,500 ft Will update about the -20 experience in the morning #SaveLadakh."

Born in 1966, Wangchuk, a mechanical engineer and Director of the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL), was a recipient of the Magsaysay Award in the year 2018.

Wangchuk's personality inspired the fictional character of Phunsukh Wangdu essayed by Aamir Khan in the 2009 film.

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New Delhi (PTI): India's indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-Navy) on Monday landed onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, in a feat described as a historical milestone by the Navy.

The Navy said naval pilots carried out the landing.

"A Historical milestone achieved towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat by Indian Navy as naval pilots carry out landing of LCA (Navy) onboard INS Vikrant," the Navy said in a brief statement.

It said the landing demonstrated India's capability to design, develop, construct and operate indigenous aircraft carrier with indigenous fighter aircraft.

In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India's first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (IAC I) that made the country part of an elite group of nations capable of manufacturing aircraft carriers above 40,000 tonnes category.

The Navy had said the aircraft carrier would be able to play a role in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.