Jammu’s glory is not confined to the battlefield. It gave birth to and shaped the basic characteristics of the celebrated Pahari School of painting. The pioneering center of the school in the region was located at Jammu, Basohli, Poonch and Ramnagar. The region also made an invaluable contribution to the national culture through Pahari music.
It was during the Sin-Indian war in 1962 that the strategic importance of Ladkah was fully realized and national attention focused on the needs of the area and its people. Thereafter, development activities were accelerated.
Construction of the Srinagar- Leh road, crossing over the Zojila pass at 11000 ft has reduced the distance between them from 19 marching days to one day. A number of approach roads have opened up the interior also. Work is in progress on the 95 mile leh –Nobra and the 150 –mile Kargil –Zanskar roads.
Qualitative changes have meanwhile taken place in the economy of the region. Rapid strides have also been made in education. There is now at least one school in very village. Out of them then are secondary schools.
Another of Ladakh’s modernization is the fact that two 90 KW generating sets now supply electric power to Leh and Kargil. A hydel project at Stakna at an altitude of 13000 ft capacity generating 3500 KW of power has also been construed.