Who won in the Indian elections?
The fact that the race was very close (36 votes were the difference in the winner Thupstan Chhewang and his nearest rival, Ghulam Raza in the end) but no riots or disputes broke out says a lot.
That voting went off fairly smoothly in both Leh and Kargil, with queues forming before 7am in Kargil and well over 68% of total voters going to the polls. Again, not one incidence of violence was reported by Reach Ladakh or other papers.
There were some disenfranchised - such as the youth attending school outside of Ladakh.
While the BJP's winning was heralded as "a new beginning for Ladakh", will it be able to address the massive corruption that so alienated people from the Congress party?
Hopefully peaceful, productive governing now follows the biggest democratic elections in the world.
And will Ladakh's lone Lok Sabha member's voice be heard in parliament of 543 members?
Cynthia will be blogging as she works with our Himalayan projects this year.