After reading Vir Sanghvi’s article Sensible, yes; Trendy, no (April 6), I feel that the freedom movement protest over Tibet is an internal matter for China. The Indian government should not interfere in this. Sanghvi rightly says that we should not boycott Olympic games as it helps to create good relations among nations. We should keep sports and politics apart and not allow political leaders to gain mileage from such controversies. Sanghvi must be complimented for saying it like it is.
Vir Sanghvi’s views regarding participation in the Olympic games are pragmatic and laudable. The Olympics should not be polluted by politics and policies. Whenever sports and politics have been clubbed together, it has proved detrimental to society. There are many platforms from which countries can express their resentment on any issue.
Harsh Vardhan Sinha,
I was a little disappointed with a few points in Vir Sanghvi’s article. Raising the Kashmir angle and comparing the goings-on in Tibet to those elsewhere in the world was unfortunate. India has played the gracious host to the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan refugees all over India since the ‘60s. As for China, with every move it makes, it puts
India on the defensive. But maybe, as he concluded, India has a lot to gain by being friendly with China.
I agree with Karan Thapar in A time to stand up (April 6) on India’s stand on the Tibetan struggle. We take pride that we are supporting the Tibetans by sheltering refugees, but when they need our support the most we are backing away, as it could hamper our relations with China.
With reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article Our grand Tibetan strategy (April 6), China’s occupation of Aksai Chin and its claims on Arunachal Pradesh should be accepted as just a matter of territory between good friends. Yes, we do not have any better friend than China. It violated the Panchsheel Agreement, deployed missiles against us in Tibet, armed neighbouring Pakistan and indulged in large-scale degradation of the Himalayas. The time is not far off when the likes of Karat and Yechury will have us believe that all of India was once part of the Han Empire.
Onkar Nath Saxena,
India lost friendly Tibet to China because of Pandit Nehru’s mistakes. China promoted Panchsheel with Nehru, but attacked India in 1962. Manas seems to have forgotten the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square and Amnesty international reports on Chinese repression are based on facts. Friendship with China cannot be at the cost of India’s self-respect and territory.