Itanagar: Union Home minister P Chidambaram visited Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, the third time in the past 15 months that a central minister has gone to the Buddhist town over which China has laid claims.
Chidamabaram left for Tawang early in the morning in a
helicopter, accompanied by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and
Home Minister Tako Dabi, official sources said.
Besides the famed Tawang monastery, they also visited
the district hospital and the craft centre and then left for
Khonsa, headquarters of Tirap district in the extreme eastern
part of Arunachal Pradesh that shares its border with Myanmar.
The Union minister also reviewed the law-and-order
Chidambaram, however, skipped a visit to forward areas
in Tawang as planned earlier. He was supposed to visit the
town on Thursday but could not do so because of inclement
In the past 15 months, Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee and Defence Minister A K Antony had visited Tawang.
Tibetan spiritual leaders the Dalai Lama had also gone to the
Buddhist town last November amid strong criticism by China.
Chidambaram`s visit today came a day after hi
assertion that Tawang and other areas of Arunachal Pradesh are
integral parts of India and will always remain so.
"Tawang and all of Arunachal Pradesh are part of India
and will always remain a part of India. I think we have stated
this more than once, reiterating it is not necessary...,"
Chidambaram told reporters here yesterday.
China claims that Tawang and some other areas of
Arunachal Pradesh are part of it. But India has always
rejected these claims.