Author: R D PradhanPublisher: RupaYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 192ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129114419
As the first governor of Arunachal Pradesh in 1987-90, the author travelled extensively through the state, interacted with the people and got acquainted with their social and cultural heritage, which he vividly describes in the book. In 1962, he had dealt with issues in the Defence Ministry after the debacle. As the governor, after visting the border areas in the state, he got valuable insight into the border dispute between the two countries.The author believes that the Dragon’s shadow over Arunachal is an ominous signal. With its growing economic and military prowess, China’s claim over Arunachal should no longer be taken lightly. The border dispute is threatening to become a territorial one. So far as discussions on the issue are concerned, we have been prisoners of our past as inheritors of our northern borders from the British and the age old belief of peaceful co-existence with China.Instead of endless talks, negotiations need to be done at a high political level to settle the border issue, keeping in mind what Dr B.R. Ambedkar had said: While boundary making is the responsibility of statesmen.At stake is the future of the Arunachali people. This is the challenge to Indian polity.COMMENTS‘Never forget that the basic challenge in South-East Asia is between Indis and China. That Challenge runs along the spine of Asia. Never let the Chinese patronize you.’ - Jawaharlal Nehru in Frank Moraes’ Witness to an Era: India 1920 to the Present Day (1973).
Author’s NotePrologueAcknowledgementsPART ILAND AND THE PEOPLE1. My Appointment – Off to Itanagar2. Serving the Northeast – Destiny3. First Encounter – In Itanagar4. Enchanting Arunachal5. Early History and Relics6. Touch – and – Go on the Border7. Visit to Tawang8. Land of the Monpas9. Tawang Monastery – The Link to Tibet and Buddhism10. The Tawang Region – The problems11. The Valley of Death and Debacle – A bird’s Eye View12. Over the Lohit13. Land of the Adis14. On the Banks of the siang15. The Brahmaputra – Its Mystery and origin16. Land of the Apatanis17. Land of the Lonely Idus18. The Nyshis and Hill Miris of Subansiri19. Lands bordering Burma20. Land of the Noctes and the Wanchos21. Religion in Arunachal22. Social Governance by Tribal InstitutionsPART - IIEVOLUTION OF THE BORDER PROBLEM23. Independent India’s Inheritance24. The Inner Line25. Alignment of the Line – Seeds of Future Conflict26. Consolidation of the Boundary – Pre – 1947 Efforts27. Post Independence Evolution – Nehru’s Policy Framework28. Cattographic Aggression?29. The Nehruvian Era – Discussions on the Border30. The Indira Gandhi Era – The Deng Package31. The Rajiv Gandhi Era – One – Up –Man ship32. Post Wandung – Change of goal – Posts by China33. The P.V. Narasimha Rao Era – Redefining ParametersPART IIIPROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE34. In the Twenty-first Century35. Unendinh Talks36. Dragon’s Shadow – India’s ChallengeEpilogueAppendix – IAppendix – 2BibliographyIndex