ISBN 9780195631968,Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh

Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh



Oxford University Press India

Publication Year 1997

ISBN 9780195631968

ISBN-10 019563196X


Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)

History and Politics

Ancient Futures raises important questions about the whole notion of progress, and explores the root causes of the malaise of industrial society. At the same time, the story of Ladakh serves as a source of Inspiration for our own future.

Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet' is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet, for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a thriving culture. Traditions of frugality and co-operation, coupled with an intimate and location-specific knowledge of the environment, enabled the Ladakhis not only to survive, but to prosper.

Then came 'modernization', ostensibly a means to 'progress' and 'real' prosperity. Now in the modem sector one finds pollution and divisiveness, intolerance and greed. Centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are under threat from the pressures of Western consumerism