Dragon act in Nepal a big worry for India
By ABHISHEK BHALLA, (Daily Mail): The increasing Chinese influence in southern Nepal is proving to be a big worry for India’s security establishment.
China is running study centres, promoting radio stations and pumping huge amounts of money in various projects to apparently further its anti-India campaign.
A note prepared on ground intelligence from the Indo-Nepal border – which has been shared with the Research and Analysis Wing, the Intelligence Bureau and the ministry of home affairs – highlights Chinese activities in Nepal.
According to the note, as many as 22 Chinese study centres have been identified in the Terai region of Nepal. Intelligence sources said these centres are a training ground for Maoist ideology and are also being used for anti-India propaganda.
There is information, sources say, that Indian Maoists are also visiting these centres which are used for indoctrination of youths recruited by the red rebels. “These study centres are launch pads for Maoism.
They are also teaching the Chinese language to the people living near the border,” an intelligence official said.
Intelligence agencies are also alarmed by the inputs that Left-wing extremism in India is being supported and encouraged through this Maoist propaganda.
Security forces have made big seizures of sophisticated arms meant for the rebels from districts in Bihar bordering Nepal.
Sources say there are indications that Maoists have a new chain of supply of weapons now and are not just dependent on snatching arms from security forces.
Intelligence inputs suggest that the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu has also provided financial assistance to introduce Chinese language classes as well as the Confucius theory in educational institutes in the Himalayan nation.
The note also mentions that radio stations with an anti- India agenda are also being promoted by China. While China Radio International has launched a local FM station in Kathmandu, smaller radio stations promoted by the Chinese have also come up in the border areas. Sources say these radio stations paint a negative picture of India and highlight China’s achievements.
The first ever talks between heads of border guarding forces of India and Nepal are slated for the next month.
Sources say the chief of the Sashastra Seem Bal, which guards the Indo-Nepal border, is expected to raise some of these security concerns.
Chinese inroads in Nepal to “destabilise” India are not restricted to propagating the Maoist ideology.
“China is also investing in infrastructure in a big way on the Indo- Nepal border,” an intelligence official said.