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Don’t ignore the North-East

N. THOMAS LOTHA
Keeping in view of the Sino-India failing diplomatic relationship and growing tension in the international border areas between the two Asian giants, I would like to draw the attention of the  Indian "Political Think Tank" towards the sensitive North East India which is sharing international border of 5,182 kms including  1,690 kms with neighbouring Himalaya Kingdom Nepal. Having a full fledged mongoloid Indian origin Nepalese dominated state Sikkim in North east India and having very important and strategic administrative hill station Darjeeling, and the presences of Nepalese youth serving in Indian Armed forces in large number ( 32000 approx) right from the Britishers era is a matter of serious concerned due to souring relationship between the Republic of India and the federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, due to certain political and border related issues since late 2015, despite the close linguistic, marital, religious, and cultural ties between the people of India and Nepal.
When we trace down the history, the Contributions made by the Nepalese in pushing out the Britishers from Indian soil and bringing Independence for India is written in golden letters in Indian history.
The statue of Shaheed Major Durga Malla in the lawns of the Indian Parliament stands testimony to their sacrifices made in the journey for Indian independence.
Also the people like Caption Ram Singh Thakuri who was an Indian freedom fighter, musician and composer. He composed a number of patriotic songs including Indian national anthem Jan Gan Man Kadam Kadam Badaye Ja and Subh Sukh Chain whilst serving in the Indian National Army.
The then the powerful Prime Minister of Himalaya Kingdom, Jung Bahadur Rana, in spite of having close relationship with the Britishers gave shelter to an extraordinary freedom fighter of India, Begum Hasrat in 1859 at the palace in 'Thapathali' when She lost the fight against  the mighty Britishers in the battle to save Awadh. In 1942 after the call for "quit India" mass arrest were carried out of important Indian political leaders. Jayaprakash Narayan, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, Suraj Narayan Singh, Jogendra Shukla, Shaligram Singh, etc, all escaped from Britishers jail and they were all hosted by a famous Nepali landlord Rameshwar Singh at Banarjhoola near the town of Hanuman Nagar, thats how a unit of the Azad Dasta in the soil of Nepal was organised and trained the Nepalese revolutionaries to fight against the Britishers. How can we so easily part ways with such friends?
Therefore, strengthening the 1950 indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and friendship to keep Nepal in healthy relation with Delhi should be pursued at any cost. Delhi can't take the risk of losing Nepal to China, otherwise once we loose Nepal to China, it will certainly have far reaching consequence in India, especially in North Eastern Region for the obvious reasons.
All that I am trying to elaborate here is, in times like today, when the world is facing unprecedented crises, due to Covid-19 pandemic and unpredictable situation, the domestic dynamics of India's internal security is reflected in it's socio-political environment, the main feature of which is our diversity. It is reflected in the variety of its communities and castes, races, and ethnic groups, languages, and dialects, religious beliefs, customs and traditions, with different manifestation of culture all operating in a dynamic environment from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Nagaland. But, unfortunately many of our friends from so called "Mainland India" failed to live with that spirit, as a result today many humiliated and bruised Chinese Coronas are travelling back homes to different locations in Northeast from spread out Indian metro cities with agitated minds, which is not at all a healthy sign. It is my sincere appeal to every concerned Indian leaders to address the situation with a paramount consideration and care to keep our Nation strong, intact and healthy come what may!
Political Bosses in Delhi urgently need to assess the situation to understand the sentiments of those aggrieved youths. Henceforth, concerned  National law makers are reminded to study the ground reality and stop making policy on the basis of preconceived notions, and instead make the concerned Northeast people an active participant in the policy making process, for determining the destiny of the region, only then can it meet the region's aspirations and protect the National interest.
Jai Hind.

(The writer is Former Minister, Nagaland)

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi