Tibetan President in Exile to be on India’s national channel—a tit for tat in Kashmir

Tibetan President-in-exile Lobsangay Sangay with his holiness Dalai Lama, Pic credit: Britannica

As per reports, today both Indian Army and PLA (people’s liberation Army) of China decided to disengage at multiple points in Eastern Ladakh. Troops and infantry combat vehicles of PLA have moved back by 2.5 km in Galwan area. They will now be patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs area. India too has moved some of its troops back.

India now recognizes that China has long been playing with it’s words and almost always has reneged from it’s promises. This is why invitation to Tibetan President-in exile, Lobsang Sangay, to India’s national TV, RajyaSabha TV, is being seen as a big move from the Indian side.

The interview will be telecasted at 10pm on Tuesday, 9th June and at 11:30 am on Wednesday

Tibetan President-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay to be aired on Rajya sabha TV, Source: Tenzin Lekshay

 In the past China has on many occasions earned India’s ire for it’s perpetual interference in Kashmir. In an effort to support Pakistan, China has kept Masood Azhar (leader of JeM terrorist organization responsible for many attacks inside India) from harm’s distance, and also prevented Pakistan from getting blacklisted in FATF (financial action task force), an organization which monitors money laundering and terrorism funding. FATF is headed by a Chinese national–Xiangmin Liu.  Adding to India’s woes were times when China and Pakistan dragged Kashmir into informal and formal UNSC meetings after Indian parliament abrogated article 370, last year. With this decision India had removed Kashmir’s special status, turning into a state under central government’s control. This decision meant that Pakistan backed separatists and other state actors in India, would lose their grip over Kashmiris and turn their organizations (which were mostly anti-Indian government in nature) insignificant.

Kashmir, is the bone of contention between India and Pakistan, on both sides of the border in Kashmir there’s heavy military presence. Pakistan has been waging a proxy war in Kashmir as it doesn’t have the military capability to win a conventional war against India. So far Pakistan has lost 4 wars against India since it was formed in 1947.

China has been using Pakistan to keep India on tenterhooks as China considers India it’s competitor in Asia. Ergo China functions as a shock absorber for Pakistan’s economy and reputation. But now with Tibet in picture, China is sure to get rattled.

Tibet is the highest plateau in the world, yet it is known to have been inhabited by humans since 21000 years. But in 1950 Chinese Army incorporated Tibet coercively, and negotiated 17 point agreement with newly enthroned Dalai Lama. By 1959, Dalai Lama fled from Tibet and took refuge in India. Since then 6000 Buddhist monasteries have been destroyed in Tibet and 1 million innocent Tibetans have lost their lives.

Presently Tibetan government-in –exile, is lead by Lobsang Sangay, who was elected in 2011, and is the highest leader.

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