Nehru's 'Forward Policy' On China 'Became Backward' - Ladakh MP

Nehru's 'Forward Policy' On China 'Became Backward' - Ladakh MP

BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said the region did not get importance in defence policies when the Congress was in the centre, and that was why “China captured its area up to the Demchok sector”.

The first-time parliamentarian alleged the Congress governments ruined Jammu and Kashmir by following the policy of “appeasement” in hostile situations and Ladakh became a “collateral damage”.

“(Former prime minister) Jawaharlal Nehru formulated the ‘forward policy’, which said we should move towards China inch by inch. During its implementation, it became a ‘backward policy’. The (Chinese troops) continued to intrude into our territory and we continued to retreat,” Mr Namgyal told PTI.

“It’s the reason Aksai Chin is completely under China. The People’s Liberation Army personnel have come up to Demchok’s nallah because Ladakh didn’t get due importance in defence policies in the 55 years of Congress rule,” the 34-year-old MP said.

In July last year, Chinese and Indian troops engaged in a standoff after the People’s Liberation Army objected to India constructing a “nallah” or canal in its own area near Demchok. In July this year, Chinese troops reportedly crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and entered the Demchok sector after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday.

Army chief General Bipin Rawat had later said: “There has been no intrusion. Chinese come and patrol their perceived line of actual control.”