Accusing China of pushing its nomads and grazers into Ladakh, a BJP delegation that visited the region on Sunday demanded that the Centre open the area to tourism to defeat the “Chinese design of grabbing the land by inches”.
“We have come here to ascertain reports about the Chinese incursion and what we have found is shocking...,” said party spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudy, who was part of the five-member delegation.
The team visited Ladakh and bordering areas of Nyoma and Demchok, 300 km from southeast of this Himalayan town.
This is the first national-level political delegation to visit the far flung areas of the Himalayan town. The team included
former Uttarakhand CM Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and former J&K unit chief Nirmal Singh.
Rudy said the latest strategy that Chinese have developed is by pushing their nomads and grazers into Indian territory.
“They (Chinese) are fighting a war through nomads and grazers. There are no conflict zones or day-to-day confrontation with armed forces but they are fighting the battle through nomads on grazing pastures...”
“It’s all about pasture land and gazers and they stand solidly behind these nomads... so they are inching through grazing land,” he said.
Rudy said the most stunning revelation was that most of the incursions had taken place from 1965 to 1995, adding they will be submitting a report to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari.
An official report last year of the state government had said “they (Chinese) have threatened the nomadic people who had been using Dokbug area (in Ladakh sector) area for grazing since decades long, in a way to snatch our land in inches.”
He also pointed out that there was zero infrastructure in the area and people felt isolated. “The BJP would strongly like to question why we still have major land masses out of the purview of Indians... no political movement, no tourist movement,” he said.