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London Olympics and boycott

It is unfair on the part of some former Olympians to ask present athletes to boycott London Olympics because of Dow sponsorship. Former Olympians lose nothing. The athletes have practiced for three and half years. As per one estimate 111 crore rupees are spent.

Dow continues to do business in India. There is no demand to stop Dow doing business in India. Lawyers belonging to political parties have represented Dow. IOC has said Dow will remain as sponsor.

China and Pakistan are in illegal occupation of Indian territory. India has sporting ties with both countries. India took part in Olympics and Asian Games in China. Pakistan has sponsored terrorism against India.

It is meaningless to collect signatures for boycott of Olympics and give them to IOA. The government decides on boycott. It is a political decision.

Ajay Maken has written twice to IOA about Dow. How much support he has in the cabinet? He could not get Sports Bill approved by cabinet. IOA decided to participate in Olympics and write a strong letter to IOC to protest Dow sponsorship. IOA derives its power from IOC and has used IOC in its fight against government or sports minister.

Those who feel strongly about Dow should ask for its expulsion from India. No one has asked lawyers who defend Dow to give up their briefs.

Border with China

China is in illegal occupation of Indian territory. Its maps do not show Jammu & Kashmir as Indian territory. Part of Jammu & Kashmir is occupied by China.

India should show Tibet and Sinkiang as separate countries and say it has no border with China. That will make China understand India. Many countries do not recognise Tibet as part of China. CNN map is an example. There was trouble in Sinkiang some time back.

India can change its policy. Declaring Tibet and Sinkiang as separate countries will mean India will not negotiate with China about border but ask it to vacate the territory it illegally occupies. This time during Wen Jiabao’s visit the declaration did not mention One China. India can recognise Taiwan. India can issue stapled visas to people from Tibet and Sinkiang.

If China breaks up relations with India, China will be the net loser. Chinese exports to India are more than India’s exports to China. China does not want India to be a permanent member of UN Security Council. It did not want any ambassador to attend Nobel Peace Prize ceremony where a Chinese dissident was to be given the prize. India did well to defy the boycott call.