Real Life 'Phusukh Wangdu', Sonam Wangchuk Tweets Message For All Of Us As He Fasts For Ladakh

Engineer and innovator Sonam Wangchuk has tweeted a message for India as he observes a five-day fast at the top of Khardung La. He has urged India to join him in his last day of fast on Monday or observe a fast in your own region in solidarity with Ladakh.

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‘Climate fast’

The education reformist, who inspired a pivotal character in the Bollywood blockbuster “3 Idiots”, had announced the hunger strike at the 18,380 feet high Khardung La from January 26 to invite the BJP-led Centre’s attention to the demands of the people of Ladakh.

These include extension of the sixth schedule of the Constitution and environmental protection form unchecked industrial and commercial expansion.

Wangchuk took to Twitter, urging the people of India to join him in the last day of his fast or observe a 1-day fast in their locality in support of Ladakh.   

4th day of my #ClimateFast to #SaveLadakh under #6thSchedule of Indian constitution.
You all can join me tomorrow 30th Jan, last day of my fast. You can organise a 1 day fast in your area in solidarity with #Ladakh & ur own surroundings
#climate #ILiveSimply,” he wrote.

He shared a copy of a bond sent by Ladakh UT admin

In a tweet on Saturday, Wangchuk had shared a copy of a bond, which among other things sought an undertaking that he will not make any comments, statements, public speech, hold or participate in public assemblies or any activity related to the recent events in Leh district.

“CALLING LAWYERS OF THE WORLD!!! The #Ladakh UT administration wants me to sign this bond even when only fasts & prayers r happening(.) Pls advise How right is it, should I silence myself! I don’t mind arrest at all #ClimateFast #6thSchedule #LiFE #saveladakh @AmitShah @narendramodi,” he wrote.

He said on social media that he was under house arrest, “actually worse than house arrest”.

“I have announced a five-day climate fast to save and safeguard the Himalayas, the glaciers, Ladakh and its people under the sixth schedule of Article 244 of the Indian Constitution. I was initially told that the policemen are deployed for my safety and I did not take it otherwise,” he said.

Wangchuk received the Magsaysay Award in 2018. His work had inspired the fictional character, Phunsukh Wangdu, played by actor Aamir Khan in the 2009 film “3 Idiots”. He has said that without preventive steps, unsustainable industries, tourism and commerce will continue to mushroom in Ladakh and finish the region eventually.

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