The Chinese troops of the PLA marched into Tibet in 1950 immediately after assuming power in Beijing on October 1, 1949. Since then Tibet has been under the iron fist of China. The Chinese have tortured, imprisoned, raped and murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent Tibetans. Many Tibetans escaped to India and have lived as refugees here and across the world ever since and are also trying to raise awareness of their plight around the World.
But another big question is why did not India intervene to save a Buffer state which would have meant that a major hostile power would be kept well far away from its frontiers? Is it because the Buffer was not really that big afterall? Was it not worth defending? What would have been the strategic advantages India would have gained if Tibet had remained a Independent country to this day?
According to the Modern day Maps of China, this is Tibet. Which they call as the “Tibet Autonomous Region”.Most of the world is under the impression that, it is the entire Tibet. But the reality is not so.
When the Chinese marched in, this was Tibet.
To give one a modern day perspective. Here is a comparison map of the Tibetan regions of Modern day China.
According to the Website of the Tibetan Government in exile,
“Tibet is comprised of the three provinces of Amdo (now split by China into the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu & Sichuan), Kham (largely incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai), and U-Tsang (which, together with western Kham, is today referred to by China as the Tibet Autonomous Region).
The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) comprises less than half of historic Tibet and was created by China in 1965 for administrative reasons. It is important to note that when Chinese officials and publications use the term “Tibet” they mean only the TAR”.
and even more ominously they add “Today Tibetans are outnumbered by Han Chinese population in their own homeland”.
Historic Tibet is therefore nearly 2.5 Million Sq Kms in Area.Its borderline stretches from Aksai Chin to Burma.Which means that without Tibet the Indo-China Border is only the Northern Frontier of the Indian state of Jammu & kashmir!!
Tibet’s misfortune today is because of Indian inaction and more specifically because of JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU. The quintessential idiot that he was he refused to see the dangers to India from a hostile, imperialistic foreign power occupying a benign, friendly neighbour. Any other country in India’s place would have moved Heaven and Earth to maintain that buffer, even Pakistan did so with respect to Afghanistan when it was invaded by the USSR but not peaceful, gandhian(sic!) India.
Jawaharlal Nehru is truly a “world leader”. He ranks among the Top 5 who have lost most territory in World History. He ranks alongside Darius(who lost to Alexander), Yedzhegerd(who lost to the Arabs) etc… if one adds POK, Aksai chin and even NEFA during the 1962 war plus that he was ready and willing to gift the Whole of Assam to the Chinese. No, not today’s Assam, it is 1962 Assam, which practically meant the whole of the North-East!!
Some people say that without his “greatness” even pakistan would not have come into being. If we add that too he might just make it to the top of being a true “great” world leader. But then let us for technical reasons consider only the territory lost after he formally became Prime Minister of Independent India.
- Tibet – 2.5 Million Sq Kms
- PoK – 78,114 Sq Kms
- Aksai Chin – 42,685 Sq Kms
- NEFA(The evil Chinese got bored and left) – 83743 Sq Kms
- Assam(of 1962, wanted to lose badly but the evil Chinese wouldn’t oblige) – 100,000 Sq Kms
A total of 2,804,542 Sq Kms.
In comparison the Area of India today is 3,287,590 Sq Kms!!. So he practically lost an Area equal to 85% of India’s current land Area.
His foolishness has meant that India now had to contend with two hostile powers on its frontiers and it was only a matter of time that they would start acting in concert against Indian interests. Which they have been doing since the mid 1960s.
If Jawahar lal Nehru had moved Heaven and Earth to keep the Chinese out of Tibet, then today we would not have been in a situation like this and this. It is his legacy that India has ended up in a two front situation as confirmed by the MoD itself.
His betrayal of Tibet is haunting India to this day.