Did you know that there are some people in India that the Chinese government doesn’t acknowledge as free? The world knows that the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t recognize Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India. The regime offers stapled VISAs to Indians residing in Arunachal Pradesh expressing its refusal to recognize them as Indian citizens.
Indian citizens from Arunachal Pradesh
The Chinese Communist Party considers Arunachal Pradesh southern Tibet. An official report from state-run media China Daily claimed that the people of Arunachal Pradesh are unhappy under India’s ‘illegal occupation’. India has refuted claims by the Chinese regime and has repeatedly asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is integral part of Indian territory.
“Under India’s illegal rule, the residents of Southern Tibet (as China refers to Arunachal Pradesh) live difficult lives, face various kinds of discrimination, and look forward to returning to China,” the report in the daily read.
There are also two other groups that Chinese authorities wouldn’t freely allow on the Chinese territory. We bring you information about those people here:
Tibetans Refugees in India
Tibetans made India their home when they crossed over the Himalayas along with the Dalai Lama. The Chinese regime does not respect the freedom of Tibetans if they revere Dalai Lama. The Indian government granted refugee status to Tibetans and has stood up to the communist regime by doing so. India is currently home to more than 120,000 Tibetans. Tibetans in India, unless they came from Tibet, can’t go to Tibet.
According to a report by the Epoch Times, the Chinese regime continues to curb veneration of the exiled Dalai Lama and imposes severe constraints on religious practice. New control measures include canceling previously allowed festivals, manipulating Tibetan Buddhist doctrines, and the selection of religious leaders in Tibet.
Tibetans born in Tibet and living in India for sometime are allowed back into the country only if they sign a document promising not to engage in any anti-China activities which, primarily mean, not revering the Dalai Lama and not talking about human rights violations against Tibetans. Tibetans remain under close surveillance even after signing such documents.
According to a report in Firstpost, Tibetan refugees in India are neither Chinese nor Indian citizens. “Tomorrow if an Indian Tibetan refugee is travelling abroad and was to be deported, based on their certificate of identity, authorities in a country friendly to China, could potentially deport them to China. Which would be a horrible fate for someone who has fled Chinese persecution,” the report said.
Indian practitioners of the spiritual discipline, Falun Gong
Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline that originated in China in 1992 and gained millions of adherents within just a few years. At the center of the practice are the teachings of truthfulness, tolerance, and compassion. In 1999, the Chinese regime cracked down on the practice and launched a massive campaign of inhuman persecution that has continued to this day.
Millions of practitioners across 114 countries, including India, practice Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa. The Chinese government doesn’t allow practitioners of Falun Gong from anywhere in the world, regardless of their citizenship, to freely practice within China.
That means that though in India, anyone could practice Falun Gong just like they can practice yoga in any park or public place in the country, they aren’t able to do that in China. If this person visits China, they would most likely be under close surveillance or be deported back to their country of residence.