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Nyima Tenzin: An unsung Tibetan hero of India’s resistance against Chinese PLA’s aggression

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Indian Army deploys its secret elite unit of Tibetan soldiers to respond to Chinese PLA’s aggression on the banks of Pangong Tso

Anirban Bhaumik, DHNS, New Delhi, SEP 02 2020, 21:03 ISTUPDATED: SEP 03 2020, 12:21 IST

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Nyima Tenzin sacrificed his life during the Indian Army's pre-emptive operation on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso (lake) in Ladakh late Saturday. Credit: Photo by special arrangement

The mortal remains of Nyima Tenzin draped with both the tricolour and the snow-lion flags lying at Sonamling in Ladakh send out a not-so-subtle message to Beijing – Tibetans living in India have joined the Indian Army to resist expansionism of China.

Tenzin sacrificed his life during the pre-emptive operation the Indian Army carried out on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso (lake) in eastern Ladakh in the late hours of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday to foil a fresh move by the Chinese P...

The 51-year-old was a Company Leader in the Indian Army’s Special Frontier Force (SFF) – an elite paramilitary force, which was raised during the India-China war in 1962 with most of its recruits being young refugees and guerrilla soldiers from Tibet...

The valour of the SFF soldiers was never officially acknowledged. Nor were the supreme sacrifices they made on the battlegrounds.

There is nothing official about the death of Tenzin, who served the SFF for 33 years. The Ministry of Defence issued a statement in New Delhi after the Indian Army thwarted the Chinese PLA’s move on the south bank of the Pangong Tso lake, but it had ...

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Niyma's body draped in the tricolour and the Tibetan snow-leopard flag. Credit: Special arrangement

Tenzin is survived by his wife and three children, who received his coffin from the Indian Army in Leh on Tuesday, said Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile based at Dharamshala in India.

His mortal remains now wait at his home for the funeral – draped not only with the tricolour of India but also with what was the official flag of the government that existed in Lhasa before Tibet was occupied by the Chinese PLA in the early 1950s. Ti...

Tenzin Lodhen, another 24-year-old SFF soldier, was also injured while taking part in the Indian Army’s operation against the Chinese PLA on Saturday-Sunday night.

The SFF, a.k.a. “Establishment 22”, is under the administrative control of the intelligence establishment of India, although it is placed under the command of the Indian Army, whenever it is required to carry out covert operations. With most of its men still refugees or descendants of refugees from Tibet, New Delhi continues to keep the SFF under wraps, just as it never officially acknowledges the existence of the Tibetan Government in Exile in India – ostensibly to avoid complications in its diplomatic relations with China.

The SFF, however, fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the Indian Army against the Pakistan Army, both during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh as well as the 1999 Kargil War.

“Death is always tragic, but what makes me and all the Tibetans proud is that another of our own has made the supreme sacrifice for India – a nation that made us a part of it ever since His Holiness (Dalai Lama) had to leave Tibet, a nation that we will always remain grateful to,” Namgyal Dolkar told the DH on Wednesday.

“He gave his life for #India, out of Love for #Tibet,” Tibetan activist Tenzin Namgyal posted on Twitter. “My salute to Nyima Tenzin!” tweeted former Indian Army chief General Ved Malik, who recalled the valour of the personnel of the SFF (a.k.a Vikas Battalions) during the Kargil War.

"Nothing can be more humiliating to China than India's use of its Special Frontier Force comprising mainly Tibetan exiles to foil the latest PLA incursion," eminent strategic affairs analyst Brahma Chellaney commented on the microblogging website.

The Indian Army apparently factored in the familiarity of the SFF personnel with the terrain along Ladakh-Tibet border region, when it decided to deploy the highland warriors to support operations to counter the Chinese PLA’s expansionist moves
along the LAC. It came just after China claimed that thousands of youths in its Tibet Autonomous Region joined the PLA amid the military stand-off along the disputed boundary with India.

The message India wanted to send out with deployment of the SFF along the LAC was not lost on China. “We oppose any country, of course, that includes India, to provide any facilitation or venue to forces advocating independence of Tibet,” Hua Chunyin, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese Government, said when a journalist asked for her comment on the reports about the Indian Army deploying the SFF along the LAC. “As to the relationship between the exiled Tibetans and the Indian Army, I am also very curious,” she added during a routine briefing in Beijing.

 

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Absolutely pathetic ... India was more than happy to report the twenty (at least publicly acknowledged) deaths of low level Hindu Jawans back on June 15. But India will not report or even acknowledge the death of a very elite Tibetan special operative who stepped on a Chinese landmine? This is literally their best tier of soldiers. Absolutely incredible ... the PLA has long viewed dealing with Tibetan operatives as being much more difficult than the pushover Indian Jawans. From what I've heard, the Tibetan rebels are viewed as an admirable foe by the PLA while the Indians are viewed as sissys who just run away or surrender en masse. Honoring cannon fodder and disavowing the elite unit fits in with Vedic logic I guess.
 

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Absolutely pathetic ... India was more than happy to report the twenty (at least publicly acknowledged) deaths of low level Hindu Jawans back on June 15. But India will not report or even acknowledge the death of a very elite Tibetan special operative who stepped on a Chinese landmine? This is literally their best tier of soldiers. Absolutely incredible ... the PLA has long viewed dealing with Tibetan operatives as being much more difficult than the pushover Indian Jawans. From what I've heard, the Tibetan rebels are viewed as an admirable foe by the PLA while the Indians are viewed as sissys who just run away or surrender en masse. Honoring cannon fodder and disavowing the elite unit fits in with Vedic logic I guess.
Well until today GOI does not recognize or acknowledge any casualties from this. They are calling this a landmine 'accident' whereas initially they said he was shot in the neck. Lol. Whatever suits them man. Surprisingly alot of accidents happening within the IA recently. Haha
 

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India is good at self killing because Indians are disordered people. Many fighter planes and navy ships were destroyed, by themselves.
 

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Rumor I heard was that Indian forces buried the land mines but failed to notify the Tibetan soldiers. If so there is a good reason for keeping it quiet.
 

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No wonder China said they didn't killed any Indian troops, it's another friendly fire incident by Indian mines place there illegally.
No. That is not the reason. MOFA said no Indians were killed in border skirmishes. The Tibetan special forces do not have Indian citizenship.
 

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