The People’s Liberation Army of China forcefully captured and enslaved one of the most the peaceful people on this earth….the Tibetans. In doing so it also captured one of the most holy places of the Hindus ….the Mansarovar. Nehru not only gave away Tibet, he also gave away our holiest land to the Chinese in the name of Panchsheel and false sense of Secularism.
For the last 65 years Indians have been waiting patiently for sense to prevail on the Chinese mind, so that they return areas South of Ngali to India, so that the ancient Mansarovar Lake is back with India. Freedom of rest of Tibet can then be negotiated in the utmost peaceful manner possible. Instead now the Chinese are trying to create more problems and test the resolve of India by stopping Mansarovar Yatra. The funny thing is that it has blamed the Indian military for provoking trouble along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim and warned it will defend its “legitimate rights” against any kind of provocation. As if India is not ready to defend its legitimate claim over Mansarovar.
The PLA indicated it was the Indian military which triggered trouble, leading to the altercation between the two militaries in the mountainous region and stopping of the Indian pilgrims on their way to Kailash Mansarovar. Thankfully the trouble created by the Chinese Army has not led to exchange of fire as has been happening on the LC with Pakistan.
In a late-night statement on Monday, the PLA squarely blamed the Indian army for the flare-up and said the Chinese soldiers were building roads in the Donglang sector the region and were within their rights to do so. This is totally wrong. The Chinese must vacate and withdraw north of their Highway 219 without waiting further.
Recently, the illegal road construction in Donglang was stopped by the Indian Army and the Chinese PLA was told to vacate the area in no uncertain terms. This came in the backdrop of more than 50 Indian pilgrims being stopped from going to Mansarovar through the Nathula Pass in Sikkim for their pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar. Personnel from both armies were involved in a stand-off for 10 days and the Indian pilgrims’ journey was possibly stopped because of the problem.
The China-Indian border in Sikkim has not been delineated by any historical treaties. After the independence of India, the Indian government took control of existing border with Chinese acknowledging that there was no objection to the existing border between the two sides till issue if Mansarovar was finally resolved.
Therefore the construction of the above-mentioned roads by the Chinese side was an entirely illegal act in the Indian Territory, and the Indian side rightly objected to the same. The problem persisted despite a meeting between the two sides after the Chinese military “unilaterally provoked trouble”. Earlier, the Chinese side had made a briefing to the Indian side and agreed to withdraw. However soon the PLA unilaterally changed its mind and provoked trouble, in violation of the agreement between the two sides, seriously endangering peace and tranquillity in the border areas. It has also hurt the religious feeling of the millions of Indians by interfering with Mansarovar Yatra.
Chinese must understand that India was fully committed to building bilateral ties with China but was firmly ready to defend its rights. India is committed to developing bilateral relations between China and India, but also firmly defend their legitimate rights and interests. It is hoped that the China meets India halfway and not create any complication on the border issue and jointly maintain the good momentum of development of bilateral relations. It will be the best solution for both the sides.