This book is written at juncture when Ladakh, its affairs and people find mention at national and international scene. Otherwise, for centuries Ladakh remained quiet, isolated and remote situation. Well mapped in the book are Ladakh society and culture. Arena of persistence and change are searched for and interpreted. In the venture of re-study one can get at essence of feeling, attitude and conviction of Ladakhis. The grassroots level descriptions are rich enough to convince of the same. Burning issues pertaining to Ladakhi culture, ecology and politics are well delineated alongwith a strategy to work upon.
Prof. R.S. Mann represents the fraternity of seniormost anthropologists of India. As a social anthropologist, prof. Mann has made very significant contribution to anthropological knowledge. His publications include some thirteen books and over one hundred papers. Some of these, specially those on hunters, gatherers and high altitude dwellers, have earned international recognition. On anthropological scenario, Prof. Mann occupied important positions including Directorship of Anthropological Survey of India, Headship of University Department of Anthropology and Presidentship of India. Anthropological Association. Currently Dr. Mann is Professof of Social Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, Universityof Delhi, India.
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