Kangkan Kalita, Times of India
GUWAHATI: Taking a dig at China for occupying Tibet and “undertaking policies against the interest of people there”, home minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Gyari Dolma, on Monday termed the coming visit of Chinese premier Hu Jintao as the arrival of a “monster” in India.
She was speaking at a seminar on the theme “Tibet and the Himalayan Environment and Ecology” organized by the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, New Delhi, in the city. “We seek the support of people of the northeastern region of India in the liberation struggle launched by the people of Tibet. It’s up to the Indian government whether to welcome Hu Jintao or oppose his proposed visit. But I will say a monster is coming to India,” said Dolma.
The Chinese premier is scheduled to visit India on Wednesday to attend the two-day BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit.
She described the claims made by the Chinese government over the Tibet Autonomous Region as claims over Indian territories as well. “The Tibet Autonomous Region map drawn by China also includes integral parts of India like Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh,” said Dolma. Coming down heavily on Hu, Dolma said it was Hu who imposed martial law in Tibet to deter pro-independence demonstrations.
“Hu Jintao is the most dangerous hydrologist in the world. The Chinese plans to divert water at the source of the rivers in Tibet are going to have an adverse affect on 47 million people in the world. The Chinese government, without any hesitation, has decided to stop the flow of the Brahmaputra in Tibet to take water to northern China. Its policies will make flow of waters of important rivers like Sutlej irregular,” said Dolma.
She expressed grief over the incident of self-immolation by a pro-independence activist for the cause of the Tibetan liberation movement in Delhi on Monday. National co-convener of the Core Group for the Tibetan Cause, Vijay Kranti, accused the Chinese government of turning the environment in Tibet into Hun environment by cutting trees in large numbers.
“The construction of roads, railway routes and deployment of Army by the Chinese government in Tibet is a serious cause of concern. Today, China has built infrastructure in Nepal to reach India any moment. The Chinese government is using Tibet as a launching pad against India and the neighbouring countries,” said Kranti.