NOTE ON MANSAROVAR YATRA- RECENTLY IN NEWS

Recently in news, China confirmed that it had suspended the entry of Indian pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra following an alleged cross border incursion by Indian troops.

On the way to Kailash Manasarovar Yatra a pilgrim crosses territorial boundaries of three countries comprising India, Nepal and China to reach Tibet- Land of Kailash Manasarovar

Mount Kailash is known as one of the most sacred mountains and has become an important pilgrim for four faiths : Buddhists, Jains, Hindus and Tibetan religion of Bon.

However the journey of 52kms/32miles on foot in a single day is not easy and one needs to be strong both physically and mentally to complete it. Generally people take 3 days to finish this walk. The Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims walk around in a clockwise direction but the Jain and Bön followers walk around counterclockwise.

Lake Manasarovar situated about 2000 kms from Lhasa is world’s highest freshwater lake

Jostling of Chinese and Indian troops in the Doka La region of the Chumbi Valley, a place near the Sikkim-Bhutan-China tri-junction was a response from the Chinese side to the steps taken by the Indian Army to prevent the construction of the road that China wants to build to the Sikkim-Bhutan-China tri-junction.

This road will give China unhindered access to India’s strategically important Siliguri Corridor, the chicken neck that links the northeastern region to the rest of the country.

India has an international border with China in Sikkim. The boundary in Sikkim was defined by the Anglo-Chinese Convention signed by the Great Britain and China on 17 March 1890 in Calcutta and jointly demarcated on the ground in the year 1895.

However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has contended that the area where the border incident took place is undisputed. The Sino-Indian border of Sikkim has been delineated by the 1890 Sino-British Treaty on Tibetan Customs. Defence ministry stressed that Indian Troops recently crossed the border in an attempt to block a road construction in Donglang.

The Siliguri Corridor, or Chicken’s Neck, is a narrow stretch of land, located in the Indian state of West Bengal, that connects India’s northeastern states to the rest of India.The Siliguri Corridor was created in 1947 after the partition of Bengal between India and Pakistan.

Sources: The Hindu News paper and other internet websites.

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