By Prem Sagar Poudel
Nepal has maintained the policy that she would not allow any activities against its neighbouring countries. Furthermore, Nepal has maintained “One China Policy”. Has Nepal maintained these policies in practice, it is a burning question!
Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, when she was here on 8 May, visited the Tibetan camps and held meetings with the free-Tibet activists. She visited the Dome of Buddha and openly praised and supported the free-Tibet movement. According to sources, she had given some financial support to the Tibetan refugees. On8 May, the delegation led byPelosi had called on the then prime-ministerPushpa Kamal Dahaland speaker OnsariGhartiMagar. In these meetings, the delegation had requested to the Nepali leaders to support the Tibetan refugees. In response,our leaders had expressed commitment for extending all kinds of support to the refugees settled in Nepal.
Earlier in their visit to Nepal, the delegation led by Pelosi had held a meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India.
On 14 March this year, a Nepali delegation visited Dharamshala, the Dalai Lama’s headquarters in India. Sonam Lama, secretary of the Nepali Congress, Rasuwa District,Gyalsang Lama, president, Rasuwa-Kathmandu Coordination Committee, Maoist Center, along with other 30 peoplewereinvolved in the delegation to Dharamshala. The Nepali delegation members, during the meeting with the Dalai Lama, had expressed strong commitment to help them in free-Tibet activities.
The entire month of March was witnessed with different activists here in Nepalcarried out by the followers of the Dalai Lama.
On 11 June,TsultrimGyatso was assigned as the ambassador of the Dalai Lama’s government in exile for Nepal. Earlier, TsultrimGyatso was the president of Lodrik Welfare. On the oath taking ceremony of Gyatso an open program was organised atthe Dome of Swayambhu where member of the Tibetan parliament, TashiDhondup, SecretarySonamNorbuDogpo and fifty other officials of the Dalai Lama’s government in exile were present. The program was held amidst the security of the Nepal government and participation of various local political parties’ activists.
Sometime ago, twenty Hong Kong separatist activists and Uyghur separatist activists were arrested by the Nepal Police in Nepal. They were handed over to the Immigration Department. The Departmenthad later released all of them without any punishment. This information has not been made public yet.
When PushpakamalDahal, chairman, Maoist Center was the prime minister, some 121 Tibetans, known to be free-Tibet activists had entered in Nepal.After staying a couple of days here, they were sent to India. Some western countries and UNHCR had helped them to travel to India.
Presently, Indians are founddirectly helping the Dalai Lama and representatives of his government in exile, who are active in various Domes in the country. These representatives are involved in construction of the Sera Jey Monastery and Choeling Dome in Kathmandu,capital city of the country. The Dalai Lama’s representatives are found frequently travelling Kathmandu to provide support in such constructions. Indians, Americans and some and Europeans are found organizing different activities against China from our soil.
The Southern-Western alliance has planned to separate China by developing Nepal as a centre to carry-out their anti-China activities.
For the first time when Maoist president Pushpa Kamal Dahal became prime minister, he was forced to give construction and operation of the Birendra-Nagar Airport in Surkhet to the Indian Army. It was aimed at developing Indian military base in Surkhet to carry-out activities against China. Jumla, Dailekh and Surkhet districts have historical relations with China. In 1295, aKhas King had given his eldest daughter to the Tibetan King’s brother. After the marriage, theKhas king had handed over his kingdom to his daughter and son-in-law. In the memory of this event they had constructed the Kakre-Bihar monastery. Besides, when India was ruled by the East-India Company the shortest trade route to Tibet was viaSurkhet which was considered as short, comfortable and safe route. This route is known as BhuriGaun-TelpaniTrack. This route was recognized as a link route to the Silk Road as well. If military base is developed either in Jumla, Dailekh,Surkhet or Birendra Nagar in the West Nepal, it will be easy to launch attacks in Tibet for the southern and western military forces. Therefore, from the security point of view, the Indian army had forced the then PM Dahal to allow them to develop a base camp in Birendra Nagar. Against such an Indian design, under my leadership, we had launched strong protest programmes and finally the government was compelled to stop from handing over the Airport to the Indian security.
South as well as the West is increasing their influence in Nepal taking advantages of political instability here and also the defensive Chinese policy. The Westerners’ design is more serious. They have diverted all the INGOs in the West Nepal and Nepalgunj has become the INGO hub. From Nepalgunj, they are organising different programmes developing their pocket areas in remote northern districts closed to China in the west Nepal.
India was able to captured Sikkim, a sovereign nation due to China’s silence. India has captured Lipulek, the origin of the Mahakali River, without permission of Nepal. In spite of such hegemony of India, the Chinese leaders are found suggesting the Nepali leaders to keep good relations with India, which is surprising. In accordance to the 1890 treaty between UK and China, Doka La belongs to China but India is creating dispute with China over this territory. Understandably, India is provoked by the Westerners. Entering of the Indian army in the Chinese land has not only violated the Line of Control (LoC) but also violated the treaties between India and China. There is 2488 kms long international border between India and China whereas 220 kms border line is with Sikkim. After annexation of Sikkim in 1976, India has developed Sikkim as its military zone. Recently, India has added more soldiers in this area. How India has dared to intensify dispute with China, the Chinese leaders have to carry-out a deep study on the Indo-West alliance against China and anti-Chinese activities taking place from the Nepali soil.
(The author is the president of the Nepal-China Mutual Co-operation Society. He can be reached at:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Increasing anti-China activities in Nepal
By Prem Sagar Poudel