The latest border stand-off between India and China seems to have eased for now but Ladakh BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal asserts that not one inch of land has been lost to China since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.
In an exclusive interview to India Today TV, Namgyal advocated the need for India to ramp up infrastructure development in border areas as it is the only way to strengthen security. He added that the border population does not want confrontation with any neighbouring country, but will rise to the occasion if needed.
On Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s allegations about the government keeping silent on the issue, Namgyal said, “What can I say about a leader who tears up an ordinance promulgated by his own government? It is a political issue for him to spread fear-mongering. I only wish that Rahul Gandhi would make an effort of understanding the border issue here. I have engaged with him on Twitter where I provided a list of China’s territory grabs during the UPA years.”
“I have visited all these areas and have photographic proof. Ever since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, not one inch of land has been lost to China,” BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said.
Infrastructure development on border areas
The Ladakh BJP MP said if India wants to strengthen its border, the government has to focus on infrastructure development. “Till the time the civilian population is not encouraged, our border security can’t be strengthened,” he added.
Jamyang Tsering Namgyal also responded to a question about China’s mindset behind the aggression on the border at a time when it is under attack from all quarters over the pandemic.
He said, “The forward policy envisioned by Nehru ji (Jawaharlal Nehru) for India is only a paper policy right now. We (India) kept moving back one step at a time and China capitalised on that and kept moving forward.”
“The policymakers sitting in Delhi will have to understand one thing. All the resident civilians living in villages in border areas have to be encouraged to settle permanently by creating strong infrastructure like electricity, mobile network, schools,” the Ladakh BJP MP added.
Namgyal further stated, “This will help us create a landmark and permanent villages. Though we have villages now, they are discouraged to live permanently as they do not have medical facilities nor educational institutes or telecommunication.”
In the 21st century when the world is moving on to 4G and 5G, Namgyal said: “Why…