Appropriate Technology Asia

Our India programme

is currently focussed predominantly in Ladakh and the wider area within Jammu and Kashmir, although we maintain a small presence in Chhattisgarh.


Our country office is based in New Delhi, and our office is comprised of a multi-ethnic staff of 5 people, giving us the linguistic capability we need to work with the wide diversity of ethnic groups found in the Himalayan regions of northern India.


The population of Ladakh is composed of a variety of distinctive ethnolinguistic hill tribes and social groups, including Buddhist Mongoloid peoples. More than 85 percent of the population is Buddhist, although Muslims form a majority in the district of Kargil and Drass and are a significant minority in the district of Leh. The state also has small minorities of Sikhs and Christians.


The most widely spoken dialects belong to the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, and Ladakhi and Tibetan are the principal languages in Ladakh, except in the Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim communities of Drass and Kargil, where a mix of Urdu, Kashmiri and Balti is spoken. The state covers an area of 222,236 KmĀ² and has a population of 10.1 million people.


The main languages spoken by the people are Kashmiri, Dogri, Urdu and Ladakhi, and it is the only Indian state with a Muslim majority.