By Yu Runze, Sina English
October 20 will mark the 50th year of a brief Sino-Indian border conflict in 1962. Political powers in India are taking advantage of the 50th anniversary to expand their influence.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that 'Sahid Sardhanjali Yatra' will be held along the Sino-Indian border to pay homage to the ‘martyrs’ Wednesday.
'Sahid Sardhanjali Yatra', scheduled from October 18, was aimed at paying homage to the ‘martyrs’ of the 1962 conflict and not aimed at provoking China, BJP said.
"Our aim is not to provoke our neighbor, but to emotionally remember those 3,770 soldiers who laid down their lives for their motherland in the conflict," BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao said at a press conference.
Following BJP’s announcement, United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) had sent emails to ask the people of Assam not to participate in the yatra as it would be a provocation for the neighbor, the Times of India reported Thursday.
“There is no BJP leader who cares about people’s lives in Assam. We request them to cancel the activities they planned. We will never allow anyone to take Assam people hostage in their political games.” ULFA criticized BJP.
“Assam has no threat from China. Besides, China has already far ahead of India in economy, military and technology. Any provocation to china, under this circumstance, would make Assam suffer the most,” the statement said.