As one born in the sanctified valley of Ura, Shingkhar is just like my other village. Every time I’m on a break, I find time to visit the beautiful valleys, mountains, rocks and streams of Shingkhar.
However, the distinctive living style and beautiful scenery of this little Switzerland is changing swiftly. I am really confused with the topical dialogues of ‘Golf course at Shingkhar’ and ‘Shingkhar-Gorgan road’. I am really in a dilemma. However, as a concerned Urap, many questions arise in my mind.
The proposed golf course at Shingkhar had aroused all the bigheads of Ura to come together. The most universal basis for rejecting the inventive proposal is because the people in the vicinity of the proposed area seem to be very much fretful about the green politics. And I am no exception.
They are worried about their pastureland, agriculture fields, and even suspicion on the assured advantages, mostly on job opportunity and business scope. But, is this concern much from the village people, who will be directly affected? Are these the assumed qualms of some native academic? Or has the view of bigheads lured the innocent village people?
Most of the residents of Shingkhar, irrespective of qualification, have agreed that there will be vast adverse affect on environment and bionetwork. I too agree that. But my question is: are Shigkharpas really conscious about nature? Why does nobody object to the Shingkhar-Gorgan road that will run through the core of Thrumshingla national park?
To worry about their pastureland unquestionably confirms their love and care for their cultural heritage. They don’t want the paradise of their yaks to be blemished for modern innovation. But, how many Shingkarpas own yaks today? For how long do their yaks graze on the landin-question? Are Shingkhar youth willing to preserve yak herding culture evermore?
Undeniably, such innovation will take away much of the Shingkharpas’ agriculture fields, which have been inherited from many generations. As far as I know, agriculture is the backbone of their source of income. But, what best crops grow on the flat terrain of Shingkhar? Does agriculture alone can keep Shingkharpa’s store full? Or is it time to look for some alternatives?