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China dumping armaments in Tibet, a threat to India

December 15, 2007

The Himalayan Parivar, an umbrella organization of countries and states
connected with the Himalayas, criticized the failure of Indian
government to counter China, dumping huge amount of armaments in Tibet
to be used strategically against India.

Vijay Kumar
Merinews, India
14 December 2007, Friday

WHILE HAILING Indian approach towards normalising relations with
neighbouring countries, Himalayan Parivar (HP) has expressed resentment
on the failure of Indian government to counter China, which is dumping
huge amount of armaments in Tibet, to be used strategically against India.

Himalayan Parivar (HP) is an umbrella organization of the countries and
states connected with the mountainous belt of Himalayas,

Expressing their commitment to the Dalai Lama with regard to his beliefs
on Tibet, the Himalayan Parivar (HP) expressed its surprise on failure
of the Indian government to take up the matter of settlement of borders
with China, which has already measured its strength against India in 1962.

They also asked the Indian government to help the Tibetans in securing
freedom from the Chinese hegemony and also demanded to know, why the
government was not helping the Tibetan cause.

To press for their demands, HP held a peaceful demonstration in Jammu in
which they demanded opening of the Leh-Mansarovar route for the pilgrims
and inclusion of Bhodi language in eighth schedule of the Indian
constitution.

They also held a joint press conference here, the president of Himalayan
Parivar (Ladakh) Tashi Targis, president of Ladakh Fandhay Sopsa, Anil
Kumar and Veena Handa criticized the union government for adopting
delaying tactics in settling these issues.

Reiterating their demand regarding inclusion of Bhodi language in the
Eighth Schedule of Indian Constitution and opening of Kailash-
Mansarovar route via Ladakh, the leaders of Himalayan Parivar warned to
launch agitation in case their demand was not fulfilled.

The leaders of HP, said that Kailash - Mansarovar is an ancient
pilgrimage centre of Hindus and the government of India should take up
issue with Chinese government for opening the route via Ladakh. They
alleged that China has forcibly occupied the Kailash - Mansarovar which
was the part of India and a resolution was also adopted by Indian
Parliament in 1964 to liberate this religious place from that country.

They criticized the government of India for adopting delaying tactics in
settling these issues. "We will continue struggle for our demands and
not hesitate in launching a forceful movement,” said the leaders.

They said the people residing in Himalayan region are guarding the
borders of the nation but it is unfortunate that the government is not
watching their interests and they have been deprived of the facilities
as well as rights which they deserve. Charging the government with
discriminatory attitude towards the people living in Himalayan region,
they demanded that their demands be settled immediately.
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