The monks of the renowned Tawang Monastery have posted a directive to China, saying that "it's not 1962, it's 2022" and that "it is PM Narendra Modi government" in charge, citing the Yangtse conflict between Indian and Chinese forces besides the Line of Actual Control in the Tawang region. Tawang Monk Lama Yeshi Khawo stated, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not spare anyone. We support the Modi government and Indian army,” speaking for everyone present at the 17th-century abbey which again also witnessed the 1962 conflict between the Asian superpowers.
Moreover, Yeshi Khawo claimed that it is entirely incorrect for the Chinese government to always go for the lands of other nations. In order to ensure Tawang's security, he added, they have the utmost confidence in both the contemporary Indian government and the Indian Army. He went on to say that the Tawang Monastery, Asia's second-largest and most ancient monastery, was erected in 1681 with the assent of the 5th Dalai Lama.
In addition to that Yeshi Khawo conveyed, "During the 1962 war, the monks of this monastery helped the Indian Army. The Chinese army had also entered the monastery, but they didn't hurt anyone. Earlier, Tawang was part of Tibet and the Chinese government had captured the land of Tibet. The Chinese government claims that Tawang is also part of Tibet. But Tawang is an integral part of India. We don't worry, because the Indian Army is at the border. We are not worried about the incidents that have happened along the border and we are living here peacefully.” Khawo added, “The 6th Dalai Lama was born in Tawang. We have many blessings from the 5th and 6th Dalai Lama. At present, there are around 500 monks in the Tawang Monastery. There are 89 small houses in the premises of the Monastery and its Gurukul system. Apart from Buddhism philosophy, general education is also imparted.”
Interestingly, this isn't the first time a Tawang monk has piqued our interest. Prior to that, in 2021, the Arunachal Pradesh government's increased drive for hydroelectric projects has been resisted by a group of Buddhist monks in the Tawang district. The Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF), led by monks, warned in a statement on February’21 that the proposed projects would not only harm the breeding grounds of the endangered black-necked crane but would also damage many sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region and hence the Tawang monks took a stance.
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