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Pak foreign minister's statement that an agreement on Siachen was on the cards is based on misplaced optimism, while the Chinese ambassador's statement claiming the whole of Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese territory is marked by arrogant and expansionist overtones.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 00:28 IST

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Close on the heels of Pakistan Foreign Minister reiterating that an agreement on Siachen was on the cards, comes the statement of the Chinese ambassador claiming the whole of Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese territory. The former statement is based on misplaced optimism, and the latter is marked by arrogant and expansionist overtones. Neither Pakistan nor China have any locus standi on Siachen and Arunachal Pradesh, respectively. Will the MEA come out clean on these vital issues concerning our national security?

Onkar Nath Saxena
Noida

Nation without people

Appropos of Tenzin Tsundue’s article Lhasa, in translation (November 14), the case for Tibetan independence has not been lost due to Chinese aggressiveness or Indian disinterest over the issue. The majority of Tibetans residing in India have not used the facilities they are getting in India to promote their cause. They have rather used their refugee status to migrate to Europe, the US and Australia to live a comfortable life.

Tibetans’ support for the cause of independence is limited to verbal criticism of the Chinese government. Tibetans are not a people without a country. Sadly, is it Tibet which is a nation without a people.

Arti Shukla
Delhi

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Tsundue has supported his views with authentic examples about Tibetans. But besides saying that it is better for Tibet to remain on the side of India than with China, he complains that Tibetans in India are not treated well. The writer should know India is spending crores on Tibetan refugees each day.

Pravesh Khatri
Delhi

Get fruitful solution

With reference to the report India, Pak activate anti-terror mechanism (November 15), tackling terrorism is a priority for both countries. Dialogue must continue until we find a solution to all our problems.

JV Narasimha Raju
Vijayawada

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