Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu expressed his view on China’s act of renaming six Indian cities in Arunachal Pradesh on its official map. It said that it would not affect India as it was move by Beijing to show retaliation against the Dalai Lama’s visit last week to India’s easternmost state.
“Every inch of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India … let them rename. How does it matter? It’s like you renaming your neighbor. It does not change his name,” was Naidu’s response to Beijing in press reports.
“Renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbor do not make illegal occupation as legal,” said Foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay according to media reports.
China believes that with close Buddhist links, the frontier state is part of South Tibet which is also shown in the official Chinese maps. Many experts stated that the move was aimed at reaffirming Beijing’s “territorial sovereignty” to the region.