GUWAHATI, India, 2 July 2017
Amidst recent India-China disagreements, a patriotic forum of Tibetans bordering northeast India strongly endorsed the stand of the Bhutan government crying foul against the Communist Chinese regime in Beijing for its illegitimate activities in Sikkim’s Doklam locality. The Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), in a recent statement, opined that China simply preferred not to recognize Bhutan’s sovereignty.
The Himalayan nation’s Ambassador to India, Vetsop Namgyel, has recently commented that the ongoing construction of a road in the disputed Doklam area (also known as Donglang nearing Sikkim) was a clear “violation” of an agreement between Bhutan and China. The Bhutanese government in Thimphu had asked Beijing to stop the construction that is adjacent to their military camps.
“Doklam is a disputed territory and Bhutan has a written agreement with China that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, peace and tranquillity should be maintained in the area,” said Ambassador Namgyel in New Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Chinese administration blocked Indian pilgrims on the way to Kailash-Mansarover of Tibet through Nathu La pass in Sikkim, which action has been strongly condemned by the PPFA. The forum argued that Communist China had recently made a number of irresponsible comments against India, “showing Beijing’s frustration” as its great neighbour lately starts receiving global attention.
The PPFA ridiculed China’s recent comments that India should take a lesson from the 1962 war, rather it reminded the Beijing administration about their sudden retreat from the McMahon Line after declaring a midnight unilateral ceasefire on 21 November 1962 following USA’s nuclear threats.
The forum also urges the Union government in New Delhi to rethink its foreign policy towards Tibet, and eventually support the Tibetan movement directly to chase away Communist China’s imperialist forces from the land of the Dalai Lama.
“A free Tibet will be friendlier to India and it would bring a true sense of security to its grand Himalayan border. Moreover, an independent Tibet will also help India to mitigate various environmental disasters looming large over the country,” added the PPFA statement endorsed by Rupam Barua, Pramod Kalita, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Soumyadeep Datta, Nani Gopal Mahanta, Biman Chandra Hazarika, Ujjal Saikia, and others.
Also supported by Manju Borah, Nayan Prasad, Jahnabi Goswami, Jyotisman Das, Manjira Chowdhury, and others, the statement asserted that the largest democracy in the globe had nothing to learn from a single-party dictatorship like China’s present regime. On the contrary,, the infamous Tiananmen Square Massacre masterminds could learn the essence of freedom of expression, dignity to human rights, and pluralism from the land of Buddha and Gandhi.
About the author
Nava Thakuria is a journalist based in Guwahati, India. He has been covering socio-political developments of northeast India, along with its neighbours Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, for various media outlets for more than two decades.
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