Journalist: Mr. Ambassador, relations between India and China are getting increasingly strained because of the border disputes. Ambassador: That’s right.

Journalist: China lodged a strong protest with India against making Arunachal Pradesh a full-fledged State and claimed it to be a Chinese territory.

Ambassador: Very correct. Journalist: Do you think China has some historical evidence to

support its claim or is it indirectly telling India to refrain from Big Brother bullying of Pakistan? Ambassador, Not in national interest to disclose.


Journalist Mr. Ambassador, Punjab Cabinet Minister, Mr. Prem Singh Chandumajra accused Punjab Police Chief, Mr. J.F. Ribeiro of making Punjab police a trigger happy force and assigning it with the task of hunting down innocent Sikh young men.

Ambassador. That’s right.

Journalist: But the Central government is forcing Barnala to give extension to Mr. Ribeiro who is due to retire in May, 1987. Ambassador: Very correct.

Journalist: Do you think Barnala has the guts to resist the pressure from Delhi and act in the interest of Punjab and Sikhs? Ambassador: Not in national interest to disclose.


Journalist: Mr. Ambassador, Chief Ministers of six states ruled by opposition parties had a meeting in Delhi to chalk out a joint program for contesting the Presidential elections due in July, 1987. Ambassador: That’s right. Journalist: But Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir also ruled by opposition parties, were not invited on the plea that they were close allies of the ruling Congress (I). Ambassador; Very correct.

Journalist: How come Punjab Chief Minister, Surjit Singh Barnala, whose political survival is solely dependent upon the Congress (I) was not excluded from the meeting? Don’t they know Barnala will betray them in this same way as he has betrayed the Sikhs? Ambassador; Not in national interest to disclose.

Article extracted from this publication >>  May 1, 1987