Saturday, December 18, 2010

CHINA: INDIA MORE ASSERTIVE, BUT NOT YET ADEQUATELY---MY REPLY TO A READER'S QUESTION

B.RAMAN

QUESTION:In your article with which I substantially agree, you have said:

>>At the same time, the lack of progress in solving the border dispute in this area has come in the way of the economic integration of Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of India. <<.

Could you tell me why India cannot go ahead and economically integrate Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of India in any manner she thinks appropriate? Why should it depend on any action on China's part?

MY ANSWER:Our policy of economic integration of Arunachal Pradesh has still been half-hearted and hesitant. We have been developing the transport infrastructure, which could add to our defence capabilities. I understand we have also been constructing small-scale hydel stations which could benefit the people. At the same time, we seem to be avoiding projects of a strategic significance such as the exploitation of the oil, gas and other natural resources of the area lest such projects prove provocative and confrontational.Before we go to that stage, we have to further strengthen our defence capabilities in that area.

2 comments:

prasad_pec said...

mr. Raman
does rahul gandhi has ISI links
as suggested by subramnaim swamy?

and what about sonia gandhi's connections with intelligence agencies abroad and her alleged role
in 2G spectrum scam?

Gary said...

Mr. Raman, as a nephew of an American Air Force MIA lost in Arunachal in World War II, I very much appreciate your pointing out, in a 2009 article, that the Obama Administration, apparently in an effort to placate the Chinese, is "dragging its feet" on implementing the agreement achieved in 2008 by the Bush Administration and India in the Defense Policy Group allowing US MIA searches in Arunachal. The families of these MIAs had never been informed as to why the Indian Government had cancelled the only Arunachal recovery operation scheduled for 2010, and why it imposed the draconian restriction of only one search operation in the entire territory of India per year, despite repeated pleas to high Indian officials for an explanation. Now we know. Over 400 American families have MIAs in Arunachal, and as long as China intimidates India and the US, and the US and India give in to this intimidation, these families will be denied closure. These families have a right to have the bodies of their loved ones' returned, a right recognized by international humanitarian law (the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocol I of 1977), as well as by India's own Geneva Conventions Act. It can be reasonably argued that China, US, and India are all in violation of international humanitarian low by their actions in this area.

Gary Zaetz
Nephew of 1st Lt. Irwin Zaetz, lost along with the rest of his crew in Upper Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, January 25, 1944
Cary, NC 27518
garyngina@live.com