Omar Abdullah releases book on Ladakh

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Jammu, April 27 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday released a book on 'Ladakh' by S. D. Singh Jamwal, IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Poonch-Rajouri range, here at the Brigadier Rajinder Singh auditorium, University of Jammu.

Speaking at this occasion, Omar Abdullah said that the book is more than a travel guide. This beautifully written book which covers travel, art, culture, history of Ladakh, flora fauna, geography in fact almost all aspects of Ladakh.

Saying that Mr. Jamwal was not short of responsibility as a police officer looking after the sensitive areas of Poonch Rajouri, Omar complimented him for writing the book.

He said that inspite of challenges faced in the field as a police officer, he has still been able to take lot of time and write this book which is 'a book of labour' for which he obviously has lot of love.I hope that in future also he will keep writing more books and many more colleagues will also follow him in this," he said adding Mr. Jamwal has set an example which others can follow and emulate. He also said that his range of interests fascinate him including his topic of Phd on chemical warfare and bioterrorism.

Recalling his own "love affair" with Ladakh, Mr. Abdullah said that he visited Ladakh in August 1977 as a young boy of seven with his parents and two sisters.

"I have distinct memories of that visit as it was our first family holiday and we drove to Ladakh from Kargil; picked up Apricots from the trees while my father would wave a hand to say Julley to the friendly warm people of Ladakh," he recalled.

Omar has also written the foreword of the book. (ANI)

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