EVEN IN THE capital city of Delhi, huge Tibetan localities have been set up in the outskirts of Yamuna. Tibetans have even occupied hill-tops in Mussoorie where normally ordinary people find it hard to reach, that too just in the vicinity of now deserted heritage structure of Surveyor General of India, a building that dates back to British rule in the country.
There are reports that Tibetan refugees are misusing people of some Indian tribes whose race seems similar to that of Tibetans. Even the High Court has now been seized with the matter through Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for such encroachments by Tibetans in Kangra and Mandi (Himachal Pradesh).
Enquiry should also be made if Tibetan refugees encourage more influx of Tibetans from Tibet through secret routes, which is rather encouraged by Chinese authorities to dilute Tibetan population in Tibet.
The same holds good for refugees from Bangladesh. At a time when there is an acute scarcity of public resources for basic needs of Indian citizens, much is being spent on refugees from other countries whose number is regularly swelling causing law and order problems. It is time that a fresh policy be drafted so that refugees may be sent back to their native countries - and also to save Indian culture, heritage and environment. Such a step will also be in diplomatic interest - in the context of Indo-China relations.
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