Dhubri, Aug. 31: There is a persistent threat from China that should not be seen as threat only from outside but also within.
Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri, an Indo-Sino relations expert, who currently holds the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar chair in Simla University, said this while delivering his speech as the appointed speaker in a seminar on the 1962 Chinese aggression organised by Jinti Barua Memorial Foundation at Sishu Pathsala HS School auditorium here today.
Agnihotri said there was threat within because of the dubious policies of the Centre, which thinks Pakistan is its enemy, while remaining silent and pleading ignorance as China continues to build roads, lay railway tracks and construct dams on the tributaries of Brahmaputra in Tibet and close to the India-China border.
While paying tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives fighting the Chinese army in 1962, Agnihotri said it was not a defeat of the Indian army at the hands of the Chinese, but a defeat of the Indian government that did not even remember the martyrs or build any memorial for them.
In his hourlong speech, Agnihotri warned about the silent invasion of China through various routes and the Centre’s failure to counter China’s constant claim about Arunachal Pradesh being a part of that country.
He recalled the sacrifices of Indian soldiers and said a remote village in Tawang is named Jaswantgarh after an Indian soldier (Jaswant Singh) who single-handedly fended off the Chinese for over 72 hours and died.
Agnihotri, while making a scathing attack on politicians, said this was the Parliament where members unanimously took the pledge on November 14, 1962, to liberate very inch of Indian land China had occupied but now, people of this country should ask them what they had done in this direction over the past 50 years.
Former lecturer Nripendra Nath Das, lecturer Hemlata Kakati, Jinti Barua Memorial Foundation chief trustee Pradipam and a member of the foundation, Namita Barua, also addressed the seminar.
The foundation organised art, essay and elocution competitions among the students and distributed prizes among the winners at the end of the seminar today.
Manjit Dutta Choudhury, secretary of the foundation, conducted the seminar.