Border boiling: Indian Chinese annoyed with China for creating 1962 like situation
They are reminiscences of Hindi-Chini, Bhai-Bhai slogan that was given a long time ago to mark centuries old ties between two countries.
The memories of 1962 Sino-India war is still etched in the mind of George Chiu, 65, an owner of D.Minsen and Sons, a shoe showroom in capital’s Connaught Place. “I still remember that after couple of days of close surveillance of our family, Delhi Police cops in civilian dresses came to my father and said, ‘You are a proud Indian even though you are of Chinese origin. We have observed you during the last couple of days of our duty’,” informs Chiu.
Even as two Asian giants are on collision course and the danger of fullscale war between them is also not ruled out, the Chinese community in Delhi is very annoyed and unhappy with Chinese government for unnecessarily creating tension on border.
“How can China dictate terms to India in such a threatening manner while doing huge business and trade with my country?” asks George Chiu, while scanning the latest news from border.
Matter of concern
Prof. Tan Chung is perhaps the most respected member of Chinese community in Delhi or perhaps in India. He established departments of Chinese studies in Delhi University and later in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Now, he lives with his doctor son in the US.
During his recent visit to Delhi, Prof. Tan Chung felt that “While the trade tie between India and China is strengthening swiftly; things are struck up so far as border dispute is concerned. It is a matter of concern. And unless border is not settled, tension would remain in border area.”
Once, he told this writer that “I come from Hunan in China, but India is my home. My father was invited by Tagore to India. In honour of my father, Tagore established Cheena Bhavana at Shantiniketan. He named me Ashok and mother took me back to China.”
Tan Chung is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour in 2010.
And equally upset is Edward Cheng, a Delhi based Chinese guy of Indian origin, due to aggressive attitude of China. Though he is hopeful that tensions along the border won’t go out of hands and better counsel will prevail.
Cheng, who is an old student of IIT Delhi, is perplexed that while two countries are doing bilateral trade worth 100 billion dollars, yet they are talking about war. “How can we talk of war now? This is rubbish.” he says rather angrily.
No China Town in Delhi
It is said for Chinese Diaspora that wherever they go, they make China Town there. There is a China Town even in Kolkata, better known as Tengra. Though they are around 500 in capital, they do not have any China Town here. Their number would sharply go up if we include Gurgaon based Chinese expatriates also.
DR CHEN SAID My father came from China but my I am an Indian. I do not have any other identity. I have nothing to do with China and like any other Indian would go all out against China if it declares war against India. When everything is in place, they are threatening us. This is unfair to say the least.
File photo of 1962 IndoChina war.
PM Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping at G-20 summit.