New Delhi: First the Chinese ambassador to India Sun Yuxi made a sensational statement to CNN-IBN claiming that Arunachal Pradesh was a part of China, and now the Chinese seem to be making good their claim.
Reports indicate that the Chinese have actually crossed the border to occupy parts of the state’s territory.
However, it’s not the first time that such an incident has occurred. Every time the snow on the high peaks melts, the Indian side realises that China has intruded deeper into the country.
But the envoy’s outrageous claim and the infiltration don’t seem to be bothering the Indian Government, keen on taking the dialogue process forward.
“There are some inadvertent incursions. Are we going to make them a national issue and make them come in the way of talks that are heading positively towards a resolution – no,” said Home Secretary V K Duggal.
In an interview with the CNN-IBN, Duggal also spoke about other law and order challenges of 2007.
Interestingly, while the UPA Government is demanding President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh – going to polls soon – the state is not really a cause for worry.
“There is nothing like worrisome in that state,” said Duggal.
Instead, it’s the Congress-ruled Punjab that the intelligence agencies are especially keeping a watch out for.
“The election fervour this time seems to be a little bit more charged. It’s going to be a little bit more tensely-fought election,” said Duggal.
The Home Secretary also admitted for the first time that both the Singur violence and the Kalinganagar massacre in early 2006 had a Naxal element to it.
“What you saw in Singur and Kalinganagar, all states are conscious that they need a better rehab policy, now that they are setting up development projects. If that’s not done, these people can become a source of information to Naxals,” he said.
The Centre's big claim for 2006 is that violence was at an all time low.
But it’s the New Year that will be the big challenge, as waiting to upset the status quo are not just sleeper cells from within the country, but also the terror groups from outside.