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.

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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.

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