Support Tenzin Tsundue asking PM Modi to repeal 'One China Policy' acknowledgement by India & Walk a Mile for #Tibet!
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I am Tenzin Tsundue - a Tibetan writer, poet and activist who has stood up for the rights of the Tibetan people for more than two decades. I am on a march from Dharamshala to Delhi from 12 February 2021. My main objective is to bring the world’s focus (most especially focus of the Indian people) on the missing link in the Sino-Indian conflict resolution which is the Tibet issue and to highlight the threat that China poses to India and the world.
This month-long one-man march with two supporters for logistics and communication will cover more than 500 kilometres. It will start from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh on 12th February 2021 (Losar - Tibetan New Year’s Day) and will end in Delhi on 10th March 2021 (Tibetan National Uprising Day - the day when tens of thousands of Tibetans rose up against the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959).
Why I am on this march?
When 20 brave Indian army jawans were martyred in the Galwan Valley last June, most Indians could not even locate Galwan valley on their maps much less understand why Chinese PLA soldiers killed their jawans so brutally. Many don't know why China is constantly making aggressive advances into Indian territory in Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal for the past five decades.
To fully appreciate the complexities of the Sino-Indian border conflict, the people of India must understand the issue of Tibet. The Indian government and its people must understand very clearly that India’s border will be permanently secure only when the Tibetan issue has been resolved.
5 Reasons why India must repeal its One-China Policy
- 1. As a matter of principle, it is wrong for any country to undermine the sovereign status of another country, especially when happens to be an occupied country. Accepting One-China policy is the endorsement and recognition of the illegal Chinese occupation of countries like Tibet, East Turkestan, Manchuria, Southern Mongolia, and Taiwan. India and Indians have suffered so much under British occupation. Morally, India and Indians should never endorse or recognise the illegal occupation of any other country in this world.
- 2. China continues to stake claim over Indian territories in Arunachal Pradesh, parts of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim. It often raises the Kashmir issue in the UN to needle India. It has always sided with and supported Pakistan in international fora. Since China has never endorsed a One-India Policy, why should India continue to adhere to its One-China policy?
- 3. In 1947, when India became independent, Tibet was also an independent country. The Chinese invasion of Tibet began in 1950. In 1954, India started to recognise Tibet as part of China. This was a colossal geopolitical mistake. When Tibet was independent, it served as a buffer zone between India and China. Now, with China as its neighbour, India is constantly exposed to the onslaughts of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Incidents like Doklam and Galwan have become regular events. Repealing One-China policy is in the interest of India's geopolitical security as it negates the very existence of a Sino-Indian border and supports the restoration of the erstwhile Indo-Tibet border which was always free of tension and conflict because Tibet has always been a friend, ally and well-wisher of India, unlike China.
- 4. Due to China’s aggressive posture towards India and its active support of Pakistan, a huge chunk of India’s annual budget is spent on its military (approx. $55 billion in 2021). If India is free of this menace on its border, it can dedicate all these funds and its full attention to national development.
- 5. China is India’s number one and most powerful enemy. It is actively destabilising India through its overt border attacks and covert financial and material support for Pakistan. It is trying to encircle India through its String of Pearls and Belt and Road initiatives. If India wants to checkmate China, it too should use its Brahmastra or its checkmate move to stall China's aggressive advances - reject One-China policy and recognise Tibet’s independence.
5 Ways you can support this campaign -
- 1. You can support my campaign by signing this petition and getting your friends and relatives to sign this petition too.
- 2. You can share my message with your friends and family members especially the ‘5 Reasons why India must repeal its One-China Policy’.
- 3. You can walk a short distance with me to express your solidarity with our cause.
- 4. You can show support by writing articles, poetry, letters, organising webinars, lectures to raise awareness about the walk and the cause. You can sing, dance, make art, films, cartoons, animation, raise slogans, vlog and blog, post memes and speak to the media or on social media about this march and the Tibet issue.
- 5. You can help trend these hashtags on the social media #WalkaMileforTibet #RepealOneChinaPolicy #StopAppeasingPRC
March Flag Off: 10 am, Friday, 12 Feb 2021, McLeod Main Square, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Jai Bharat! Jai Tibet!
Tibetan Writer, Poet and Activist