India, that nation which itself emerged from foreign domination, announced July 29 that there was to be no change to its position on Tibet, which it is happy to assert as being Chinese territory. Ever mindful of economic relations with China, and the military sensitivities that shadow relations with Beijing concerning India’s border with occupied Tibet, India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna was keen, via a written response in the Indian Parliament, to reassure Beijing that:
”India’s position on Tibet has been consistent; India recognises that the Tibet Autonomous Region (sic) is part of the Territory of the People’s Republic of China,”
Like his predecessors Mr Krishna knows all too well that Tibet is an independent nation under illegal Chinese occupation, that Tibet’s people, culture, and governance enjoyed political and territorial sovereignty. However the enlightened principles that gave birth to India as a nation, its struggle against occupation, count for little against the commercial and political realities of maintaining relations with China, and offer no solidarity with the just and legitimate cause of Tibet’s nationhood. Instead the Government of India exploits Tibet as a political token to encourage its alliance with China, it may indeed have offered a refuge to Tibetan exiles, but its support goes no further, the rest is cynical betrayal.
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