dalai lama

  1. Dalai Lama, the buddhist spiritual guru is on a nine-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh starting from April 4, 2017.
  2. Arunachal Pradesh, India’s eastern most state is claimed by China as a part of Tibet which itself has been under Chinese occupation since 1950.
  3. After an uprising to free tibet and Chinese state violent repression in return, thousand of Buddhist monks led by Dalai Lama crossed over to India and sought asylum 1959. Since then Dharmsala in Himachal Pradesh has been the seat of Dalai Lama.
  4. China sees Dalai lama as a separatist leader trying to provoke people for the independence of Tibet and therefore India hosting him is seen as Indian support to instability in China.
  5. In 1962, India and China tensions reached it climax and the two countries had a brief war with Indian side suffering defeat. Despite this, the two neighbors had no option but to ensure peace and find amicable solution to the boundary problem and therefore peace was given the chance to be built up.
  6. However with Dalai Lama visit to Arunachal from April 4 has angered China so much that it has warned of damaged ties between the two brothers, Hindi-Chini, as they were called Bhai Bhai!
  7. Earlier India has been careful about Chinese concerns and Dalai Lama’s last visit to Arunachal Pradesh was in 2009. Moreover India had cancelled the Visa of Dolkun Isa, a Uighur separatist on Chinese objections few months ago.
  8. But this time despite Chinese repeated warnings, India has not buckled up rather stressed that the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit is in relation to the discharge of his religious duties and not as a political one.
  9. In October 2016, the then US ambassador to India Richard Verma had also visited Arunachal Pradesh despite the rhetoric Chinese objections.
  10. It is therefore true that China has objections on visits to Arunachal from Indian side but India seems not to be paying heed to the same. Is it the mark when one can safely believe that India no longer cares what China think when it comes to it’s sovereignty? India’s China policy seems to have changed. But why?china objects
  11. India has been seeking Chinese support on various issues concerning domestic and international issues and asking it to address genuine Indian concerns.
  12. Foremost among them is continuous Chinese support to Pakistan and construction of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC clearly undermines India’s sovereignty.
  13. Moreover during NSG deliberations, India didn’t find Chinese support rather Pakistan was supported on terrorism as India’s demand to ban terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar was not accepted by Beijing.
  14. If China does not support India on very serious issues like terrorism, it would be hard to have a single sided cooperation.
  15. India has come a long way since 1962 and now has one of the largest armies in the world with the fastest growing economy and stable polity. Moreover it has strong enough relations with USA, Japan, Vietnam and other countries who are Chinese rivals. Thus India has several partners to balance Chinese powers.
  16. In a multipolar world, no one bears and appreciates undue muscle flexing tactics and therefore China is isolated politically with Pakistan, North Korea and to some extent Russia as the only allies. None can help it much!
  17. India knows Chinese limitations and therefore the shift was not just needed but also perfectly timed. If China plans to follow the tenets of Peaceful coexistence, India would be the first to embrace it.