Sino-in­dia Bor­der Dis­pute: A Hege­monic Clash

Libertatem Magazine - - Front Page - By Prateek Mago

His­toric claims has been one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing mech­a­nisms used by the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, here­inafter re­ferred to as China, to claim ter­ri­to­ries around its of­fi­cially recog­nised ter­ri­tory. This is pre­cisely the rea­son as to why China has been in­dulged into sev­eral ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes like the South China Sea Dis­pute, the Sino-in­dia Bor­der dis­pute, etc. The present ar­ti­cle has been writ­ten keep­ing in mind the sev­eral de­vel­op­ments that have taken place with re­spect to the Sino-in­dia Bor­der Dis­pute in Arunachal Pradesh. The state of Arunachal Pradesh is of­fi­cially one of the 29 states in the Repub­lic of In­dia, here­inafter re­ferred to as In­dia. The dis­pute has been go­ing on in Arunachal Pradesh since decades and both the na­tions have even fought a war in Arunachal Pradesh in 1962. As men­tioned above as well, China is re­ly­ing upon cer­tain his­toric claims to assert sovereignty over the In­dian state. It states that there are strong his­tor­i­cal ties that are ex­is­tent be­tween the Lhasa Monastery in Ti­bet and the Tawang Monastery which is sit­u­ated in Arunachal Pradesh, and the fact that ac­cord­ing to them, Ti­bet is a part of China, Arunachal Pradesh, which is also known as South­ern Ti­bet, is also a part of China. There are very prom­i­nent fac­tors which have led to this ag­gres­sive ap­proach from the side of China with re­spect to Arunachal Pradesh. The most im­por­tant one of them is in clear re­tal­i­a­tion to In­dia’s Ti­bet card. As per China, the Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the birth­place of the 6th Dalai Lama, and it is also be­lieved that the present Dalai Lama, i.e., the 14th Dalai Lama might choose his suc­ces­sor from the 400 year old monastery in the In­dian state it­self. There has been a long on­go­ing tus­sle be­tween In­dia and China with re­spect to Dalai Lama’s stay in In­dia, Ti­bet’s free­dom strug­gle, and In­dia’s in­volve­ment in el­e­vat­ing the Ti­betan strug­gle. Dalai Lama has been al­lowed to stay in Dharamshala and has also been al­lowed to travel abroad by In­dia. This ac­tion by In­dia, in ad­di­tion to pow­er­ful and im­pact­ful speeches by Dalai Lama all across the globe, has led to a mas­sive

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