Delhi: Shri Amarendra Dhari Singh, a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s bicameral parliament, raised the issue of Tibet on 3 February in the Parliament as part of his speech on the motion of thanks on the Indian president’s address. Shri A D Singh is elected to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar as a member of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
In his speech, he said:
“India will have to learn to stand with its friends. If not, we will be repeating the historical mistake of once again letting down our friendly people of Tibet. It is well documented that Tibetans never accepted the sovereignty and suzerainty of the Chinese.”
“Even Nehru, who is much loved by the current government, advised them to approach the UN and sent a young military officer Zorawar Bakshi to undertake strategic military concerns in Tibet in 1949. Things did not turn out as planned and the rest is history. However, the nation faces long term consequences of both action and inaction in this increasingly multipolar world, and India will have to align itself with its own national interest in its own neighbourhood and beyond.”