Political Life

Over the past 50 years, Rinpoche has been a leading Buddhist and community leader in Ladakh. Having understood the relative importance of modern education and spiritual development, he tirelessly toured remote villages.

Rinpoche is known for having incorporated spiritual curriculums and successfully sent many Ladakhi young people to go for higher education in Jammu and Srinagar.

In 1967 as Chairman of the Ladakh Action Committee, Rinpoche led a movement that resulted in J&K state government accepting demands put for the benefit of Ladakhi people. Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, the president of the Ladakh Gonpa Association at that time, presented a memento to Rinpoche on behalf of himself and the Ladakhi people to show gratitude and respect.

Rinpoche has acted in various capacities as a political authority and a decision maker; such as the Vice Chairman of the Ladakh Development Board and a J& State Minister from 1973 to 1976,

Through the years many developmental projects have been successfully completed and continue to benefit the people of Ladakh and that visit the area each year.

  • Alchi bridge
  • Durbuk water canal
  • Temisgam high school
  • many lower schools
  • many medical aid centres

From 1972 to 1975, Rinpoche was also the President of the Ladakh Gonpa Association, and represented Ladakh in international Buddhist conferences in Taiwan, Spain, Germany Switzerland and France.

From 1996 to 2002, he was Minister of the State of J&K for two ministerial portfolios – Planning and Ladakh Affairs. He managed to successfully lobby for the increase of the state development grant to Leh constituency by around 40% from Rp 23 crores in 1996 to Rp 32 crores in 1997.

He proposed plans for major infrastructure projects including hydro power stations, road construction, airstrip construction and opening the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage route.