No exact record of Tibetans who came to India with the Dalai
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 18:26
New Delhi: The Centre does not have the exact number of Tibetans who fled from their country and crossed over into India during the 1959 Tibetan Uprising along with spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

In reply to an RTI query, the Home Ministry said according to estimates the number of refugees who had crossed over into India during the period is nearly 80,000.

"Although the Ministry has no statistical record of Tibetans who had landed in India in 1959 along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But some 80,000 Tibetans are said to have landed in India during the period," the Home Ministry said in response to an RTI plea.

Activist Subhash Agrawal wanted to know from the Prime Minister's Office the number of Tibetan refugees who originally found shelter in the country. The PMO transferred the application to the Home Ministry.

The Ministry added that the present number of "people of Tibetan origin" could be nearly 1,09,000 in India.

It also said that there is no policy to repatriate the people of Tibetan origin to their native country.

Agrawal who has also raised the question of some Chinese search engines showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of China in his RTI application was informed by the External Affairs Ministry that the government is aware of such sites.

"Government of India is aware that the online map service providers use official map of a particular country for their services in that country. China disputes the international boundary between India and China in the Eastern sector and claims approximately 90,000 square kilometer of Indian Territory in the state of Arunachal Pradesh," it said.

The reply said government has taken up the matter with the Chinese side and has conveyed its clear and consistent position that Arunachal Pradesh is "integral and inalienable" part of India.


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 18:26

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