This book is dedicated by the author to Rigzin Namgyal Kalon, the man who did wonders for the development of the Ladakh region. Ladakh and many generations to follow would always be grateful to him and all that he did for this region and the people, irrespective of their place, caste, creed or religion.
For Ladakh, with all its glory and splendid isolation; the twentieth century has been a period of great trials and tribulations, crisis and opportunities; and in the final analysis a number of downs and many moreups. The region has flourished but is still not clearly out of the woods. The author with his personal experience in the region has brought out these facets of the region in great details.
Chapter I Background – Ladakh Region up to 1900
Chapter II Ladakh up to Independence (1901 - August 15, 1947)
Chapter III Barely Saved (Pak Ingress in 1947-48)
Chapter IV The Forsaken (Dark) Period (1949-1962)
Chapter V The Awakening (1962-74)
Chapter VI Development Trajectory and Tourism Boom (1974-99)
Chapter VII The LAHDC
Chapter VIII Assessment of 20th Century in Ladakh
Chapter IX Post-Script