China invaded Tibet and and annexed the country to access the country’s rich natural resources but also to militarize the strategically important border with India. Many feel that India made a strategic error in recognizing Tibet quickly. Devotees believe that Kailash-Mansarovar which is in Tibet, to be the abode of Lord Shiva and the yatra to get there is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Each year, hundreds and thousands of Indian pilgrims who undertake this holy yatra need Chinese permission and visa – always a big headache. But if Tibet had remained independent getting these visas would have been really easy.
Source: Hindustan Times
- 22 Jul 2017