Imagine, Pakistan giving up the cause of Kashmir for the reason that India will get infuriated! Pakistan government issuing a notice to its officials that they should not attend any meeting held by a senior Kashmiri leader as this is sensitive to India! This is exactly what is happening in the context of Tibet between India and China.
The central government of India has given direction to its officials and senior leaders of not attending events featuring Dalai Lama that are scheduled to be held in March-end and early April. The reason cited for this is its sensitive time in the context of Indo-China relation.
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If this is the attitude of Indian foreign policy, should we assume that Doklam was an eyewash and a hoax? Or some developments have happened in between that has forced Indian foreign policy to shift its stance? One reason that can be cited which may have scared the Indians is the Chinese threat to get involved in Kashmir. It is possible that Chinese President Xi Jinping has used this to tame Indians!
Last month, Cabinet Secretary, P. K. Sinha sent directives to the senior leaders and government officials of not attending the events of Dalai Lama. Sinha mentioned, “Accordingly, you are requested to ensure appropriate action in the matter”. Sinha also quoted the Foreign Secretary’s note to underline “the sensitive nature of the subject”.
India’s Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale in a letter to Sinha stated, “classified circular advisory advising all Ministries/Departments of Government of India as well as State Governments not to accept any invitation or to participate in the proposed commemorative events.” The Foreign Secretary also said that stated, “We understand that this includes a large public event titled ‘Thank You India’ being organised at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi on April 1, 2018. The Dalai Lama set-up also intends to invite a number of Indian dignitaries. These are likely to be followed up by additional events in Delhi as well as the other States of India.”
PM Modi is silent on this matter and it seems that China has caught India off guard. India has totally surrendered its independent foreign policy to China. India is in fact wrapped around Chinese finger!