Tuesday, July 14, 2009



I was in receipt of a question from a Chinese reader of my articles on the Urumqi uprising asking why the Indians are silent on the brutalities committed by the Uighurs on the Han Chinese. The reply sent by me is given below:

In India, people are worried over the brutality of the Uighur jihadis to the Han Chinese civilians. I personally support strong action by the Chinese security agencies against those involved in riots and violence. I am sure in their heart of hearts many Indians will feel the same way against the trouble-makers. At the same time, they don't say it openly because the Chinese authorities remained silent when the jihadi terrorists in Kashmir acted in the same way as the Uighur rioters. Moreover, the Chinese delegation to the UN opposed the declaration of the Lashkar-e-Toiba as a terrorist organisation till the LET attacked in Mumbai in November last. Both India and China face jihadi terrorism emanating from Pakistan. They should jointly combat it. That is possible only if China stops helping Pakistan and considering it an ally. (14-7-09)

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. He is also associated with the Chennai Centre For China Studies.E-mail: seventyone2@gmail.com )