GUWAHATI, DEC 1: A team of environment activists from Assam brought the ‘Save Tsangpo-Siang-Brahmaputra’ campaign launched by ‘Free Tibet -a voice from Assam’, at the Seventh All India Tibet Support Groups Conference held at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi from November 28 to 29, 2022.
This team led by Novanita Sharma (Coordinator- Free Tibet a voice from Assam), Kripalochan Das and Jugal Handique participated in these two days long meet where 17 Tibet support groups from different parts of India took part.
More than 200 participants from across the country attended the conference organised by Core Group for Tibetan Cause- India and facilitated by Indo-Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO).
Novanita Sharma from Free Tibet-a voice from Assamraised the campaign of ‘Save Tsangpo-Siang-Brahmaputra’along with other important dimensions for the Tibetan freedom movement.
She stressed upon the significance of this campaign, she said, ‘the threats faced by the Brahmaputra River is of national importance which is connected with the Tibetan freedom movement, devastation of Brahmaputra and Siang River will be national crises.’
She further added ‘ThehonourableSyikong PenpaTsering mentioned in his speech about the muddy water of Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh, which he witnessed in his recently concluded visit to NE India; hence, every Tibet supporter must the raise Free Tibet, save Tsangpo-Siang-Brahmaputra campaign to save this Himalayan River from the detrimental Chinese model of exploitation and ecological damage.’
The age-old issue of Chinese man handling and exploitation of trans Himalayan RiverYarlungTsangpo which originates in Tibet and drains across a massive area as the Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh and the Brahmaputra River in Assam is been brought to the forefront for the first time at national level by ‘Free Tibet-a voice from Assam’.
This trans national river finally plunges into the Bay Bengal from Bangladesh, the food and livelihood security of millions in one of the most thickly populated regions of Asia depends on this river. The contentious issues of mega damming and the controversial South-North water diversion project over the YarlungTsangpo by communist China has been protested for the first time by this ‘Save Tsangpo-Siang-Brahmaputra’ campaign.
Free Tibet-a voice of Assam, is raising a people’s movement in Assam for freedom of Tibet from the repressive rule of communist China in the Tibetan plateau. River Brahmaputra is the economic, ecological, and cultural lifeline of Assam which enters India at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh.
This river binds the people of the Yarlung valley in Tibet, the Siang valley in Arunachal Pradesh and the people of the Brahmaputra valley in Assam together inone of the richest composite civilizations of Asia,marked with astounding ethnic, geographic, ecological diversity.
This diversity is reflected in the unique cultural fabric of this civilization. The exploitative communist Chinese regime in Tibet puts question on the future survival of this civilization. The People’s Republic of China’s demonic hydrological strategy includes the disastrous mega dams over YarlungTsangpo, which are envisioned to ouster the Three Gorges Dams in its size and immensity. The foreseeable dams over YarlungTsangpo, along with its huge water reservoir, when fully developed will act as a water bomb for the millions living in the downstream.
Reports and available data indicate that the Chinese government is very close to implement the controversial south-north water transfer project which plans to transfer water from the YarlungTsangpo to the northern rivers situated in mainland China to feed the industrial states of China. These hydrological strategies of communist China constitute an important security strategy of PRC to safeguard its international borders against threats of backlashes from Tibet and India. This hydrological model of communist China ensues the biggest ecological catastrophe for riparian states like Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
This accounts for the worst humanitarian crises of this world. No force in this world can stop PRC from executing this devil’s model over YarlungTsangpo, the only hope lies in freedom of Tibet from the Chinese rule. Freedom of Tibet will give freedom to the Himalayan rivers like YarlungTsangpo. The ecological disaster taking place in Tibet under the Chinese rule must end, the protection of Yarlung valley is integral to the preservation of the YarlungTsangpo River.
The ‘Save Tsangpo-Siang-Brahmaputra’ campaign by Free Tibet-a voice from Assam is playing a crucial role in highlighting the ecological movement for preservation of Tibetan environment and Tibetan rivers like Yarlung Tsangpo at national as well at international levels. India must rise to protect the rights of Indian citizens living in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and every Indian must participate in this campaign to preserve the rich Brahmaputra civilization from devastation in the hands of communist Chinese game plan of coercive expansion under the garb of hegemony over river water and ecological exploitation.