The real-life Phunsuk Wangdu from 3 Idiots, Sonam Wangchuk, is making headlines again. This time because of his climate fast that he started on January 26 pleading to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that "All is not well in Ladakh". The hunger strike ended on January 30. But reports say all is not well between some villagers and Wangchuk as well.
First, let's answer a few questions:
What is Sonam Wangchuk protesting about? Wangchuk went on a hunger strike at the campus of his school, the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh (HIAL), where temperatures drop to -20 degree Celsius.
#EXCLUSIVE | Why is Ladakh angry? Why is climate activist #SonamWangchuk on a fast in the snow? What are the people's demands? India Today's @SardesaiRajdeep speaks to the man himself and here's what he has to say. #ITVideo— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) January 31, 2023
Full video - https://t.co/DTbaNBAPaj pic.twitter.com/jU825bX73h
Why is Sonam Wangchuk famous? The engineer-innovator shot to global fame with his ice stupas concept to provide water to agricultural land during the summer months in the dry and arid Ladakh region.
Ice stupas of Ladakh, a sustainable initiative to combat climate change and melting glaciers and a solution for the water crisis in the Himalayas. #IncredibleIndia pic.twitter.com/ZRh74juDkm— Incredible!ndia (@incredibleindia) June 13, 2018
What are ice stupas? Ice stupas look like glacier pyramids or stupas that are created during the biting cold winter months in Ladakh.
Not everyone is happy with ice stupas: India Today reported that some villagers are unhappy with Sonam Wangchuk and the team due to the plastic waste left behind by them while creating the ice stupas in Phyang village.