A few days ago, I was made aware of a situation currently in
India, which I was totally ignorant of. Since I left the country with my family
half a century ago, I was so eager to start a new life that I hadn’t paid much
attention to those ethnic Chinese who remained in India and had made India
their home. I assumed everything had changed for the better after the ’62 war
was long over. Apparently, I was wrong. Those Chinese born before 1950 that
hold Chinese passports, are still being denied Indian citizenship.
It has been brought to my attention in the past few days by people who actually attended Rita Chowdhury's book launch on May 12 in Delhi, that there was NO apology made by the Home Minister.
The article written in the May 15 issue of the Times of India got it wrong! What the Home Minister actually said was: "I feel sorry for those Chinese Indian people, who were separated from their families and were tortured, harassed, looted and who became homeless. They had already been assimilated to the Indian society when they had to face that unfortunate state of affairs.