By Prabin Kalita | TNN
GUWAHATI, India, 8 November 2015
Years after reports of anti-talk Ulfa (Independent) leader Paresh Baruah’s close proximity to China, the outfit on Saturday made its first open submission by seeking China’s “friendship” to help it attain “sovereignty” in Assam.
The outfit’s chairman Abhizeet Asom, who the National Investigation Agency (NIA) believes to be a London-based general practitioner named Mukul Hazarika, in a statement to TOI on Saturday stated, “China is our next door northern neighbour. Despite Indian occupation of Nan Zang (South Tibet), China is trying to maintain status quo for the sake of peaceful co-existence with India, but, at the same time remains ambivalent on the plight of indigenous Assam, except occasional voicing by Chinese citizen in support of Assam’s legitimate claim in print,” the militant leader stated.
Referring to the 1962 Indo-China war, the militant leader stated the Peoples Liberation Army (of China) did not set foot on Assam soil and he is amazed at Chinese respect towards Assam. “Since then I have been observing China closely and in my best judgement I have not seen any enmity towards Assam yet. In absence of enmity building friendship should be easy. But, without taking a first step there won’t be any progress. The water shed moment has arrived for indigenous Assam to give us the prompt for us to build that friendship with China with confidence. We sincerely hope that China will put forward the hand of friendship towards Assam without hesitation.”
The militant leader said that his outfit has taken note of the gathering “5th All India Tibet support group” meeting in Assam on 2 and 3 November.
“In the past we have issued statements against any Tibetan independence activity in Assam on the back ground of HH the Dalai Lama not speaking out against the gross human rights violation in Assam by the Indian State over the last 25 years, let alone supporting the inherent Sovereignty Rights that Assam possesses. We are intrigued by Indian nationals supporting an Independent Tibet, as it is on record that on 24 June 2003 the then Indian Prime Minister AB Vajpayee formally accepted Tibet being integral part of China. If this is not sufficient, we can refer readers to the 17 Point Agreement of 23 May 1951, Jawaharlal Nehru’s statement on 25 October 1953, The Panchseel of 1954 that the Republic of India has been accepting Tibet as a part of China all along,” the militant leader stated.
He added, “Despite India’s position on Tibet being unambiguous, why is it then India is interfering with the internal affairs of China? Is it in the name of free speech that Tibetan dissent has been not only been tolerated but has been encouraged too? ”
The NIA has summoned the Ulfa (I) chairman in September and would soon approach the British government for information on one of its Indian-origin citizens, who is believed to be the mysterious ‘chairman’ of anti-talk Ulfa (Independent).