A team of youth and journalists on Tuesday left for Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) with a mission to tell the neighboring country China that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. Himalaya Parivar a Non-governmental organization organized this ‘Tawang Yatra’ under the leadership of its convener, Shiladitya Dev. The rally was jointly flagged off by Ghanshyam Murari Shrivastava, (Retd.IPS} & Security Adviser to Assam’s chief minister, Tarun Gogoi and Colonel (Retd) Manoranjan Goswami amidst gathering of a number of journalists and eminent citizens. Two white pigeons were also released on this occasion symbolizing the message of world peace.
Addressing the media persons Shiladitya Dev, the convener informed that the team would visit Jaswant Garh, where the floral tribute would be paid to the Indian martyr soldier Jaswant Singh, who laid down his life fighting the Chinese alone for seventy two hours during the 1962 war, at a place called Jung. The team members would hoist National Flag at the Sela top, which is 14,000 feet above the sea level and also at the War Memorial in Tawang. The goodwill mission would also reach Bumbla, near the international border of Mc Mohan Line and chant National song ‘Vande Mataram’ in the morning of November 19 next.
Shiladitya, accused China of destroying the sanctity of Himalayas, the symbol of pride and spirituality, life and humanity.. He said that China violated the rights of peaceful Tibetan people by crossing their boundaries and eyeing the Indian territory. He warned China against its activities of helping militants against India and disturbing peace in its northeastern region. He also cautioned Indian government to take action against China before it is too late.
Shiladitya demanded that China should free Tibet and let the Tibetans passing refugees’ life in several parts of the world to return to their homes.. China should also free Kailash Mansarovar which is an important pilgrimage for Hindus in India. He also advised the neighboring country not to fight, but extend its hand for cooperation in mutual economic and social upliftment with India.
The Tawang Yatra is likely to return to Guwahati by November 20.