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8 May 2015 / Events, Featured post, Gyalwang Drukpa
CYALWANG DRUPKA

THE FUTURE OF THE HIMALAYAS

[May 8th 2015, The Peninsula Hotel]

Friend, Debbie Dickinson greeting His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa ©Marsin 2015

Hudson Institute, the Observer Research Foundation, Planet PR, and the Office of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, welcomed me to “The Future of the Himalayas” conference. This conference provoked a discussion about the area’s strategic, ecological, and cultural importance, as well as the critical challenges confronting the Himalayan region today.

the 1500-mile extension of the Himalayan mountain range occupies a critical geostrategic location traversing India, Bhutan, China, Nepal, and Pakistan. The Himalayas are a significant source of defense, agriculture, energy, and tourism for the nations they occupy. Yet the region faces a number of security challenges including the disputed India-China border, the question of Tibet, and the illicit use of the border by drug and arms traffickers, insurgent groups and terrorists.

The remote geography of the Himalayas contributes to the region’s inadequate infrastructure poor connectivity, shortage of industries, and lack of a viable service sector. These factors in turn have led to economic, environmental, and sociocultural problems. Various indigenous languages, cultures, and lifestyles are rising unemployment, declining economic investment, and a high rate of emigration from the region have worsened the situation.

In the past month Napal was affected by two earthquakes which affected thousands of lives.

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His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and his most vocal advocate in the U.S., Susan Sarandon. On May 7th they asked for multilateral support for Nepal.

[Brilliant photo by Javier Gomez]

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