Patriotism turns into the flavour in Arunachal Pradesh after Chinese misadventure

Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, September 10

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday remembered Captain Vikram Batra, posthumous Param Vir Chakra Awardee, on his 46th birthday.

Batra was all of 24 years when he fell to enemy bullets within the icy heights of the Himalayas.

“My respectful homage to Captain Vikram Batra who sacrificed his life to defend the borders of Mother India”, Khandu had stated in a message.

If there may be one takeaway from the most recent misadventure of China in Arunachal Pradesh – the place a PLA patrol occasion took 5 native boys in custody and haven’t launched them but – it’s the patriotism displayed by the inhabitants of the north-eastern border state which was the principle theatre of the struggle between India and China in 1962.

While China claims that the area is south Tibet and thus part of China, the battle over the hearts and minds of the individuals of the territory has been received by India’s arms down.

“Who the hell is the Communist Party of China to recognise Arunachal Pradesh? Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and we are proud to be Indians,” Ninong Ering, Congress MLA and former Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh instructed The Tribune whereas responding to a latest assertion by the Chinese Foreign Ministry claiming Arunachal Pradesh to be part of China.

Talking from the capital Itanagar, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) president Hawa Bagang stated, “People of Arunachal Pradesh are proud Indians and patriots. China ought to overlook about Arunachal Pradesh and thoughts its personal enterprise.

Bagang rued “weak response to recurring advances by the PLA in Arunachal Pradesh”, which has, in accordance with him, “greatly emboldened the Chinese forces”.

While among the sister states of the north-east area together with Hindu-majority Assam and Manipur have a robust presence of separatist insurgents, the phenomenon it doesn’t exist in Arunachal Pradesh.

“The policy of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was ably assisted by English anthropologist Verrier Elwin, played a key role in building the foundation for the psychological integration of Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of India”, stated W Tiken, an Imphal-based senior journalist, who additionally has a scholarly curiosity in numerous ethnic and political points prevalent within the NE states.

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