83% FEEL CHINA IS NOT JUSTIFIED IN SHOWING ARUNACHAL PRADESH AS ITS PART
The Chinese Government ignores the McMahon Line and claims Tawang as a part of Tibet even though the Dalai Lama has said that Arunachal Pradesh is part of India. Sixty seven per cent people feel only Arunachal Pradesh has rights over the waters of the Brahmaputra and China must not build dams on the river.
95% WANT TO BE WITH INDIA
Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of Indian democracy and there is an elected government in the state. The people of the state want to be part of the great Indian economic boom. For youngsters, Bangalore and Delhi are the places to be in, not Beijing.
80% WANT HINDI AS THE STATE LANGUAGE
Hindi is the medium of expression for the young Arunachalis. And they don't feel it's imposed. It's the language preferred even over English. Aaj Tak is the most watched news channel and 92 per cent prefer Bollywood over Hollywood.
89% FEEL PART OF INDIA
The McMahon Line declared it in 1950, and for the people of the state, that remains the ultimate fact. Eight out of 10 Arunachalis feel India cares about them. Contrary to the common perception, they don't feel neglected and 86 per cent think India has done enough for them. There are problems of infrastructure and education, but 70 per cent respondents blame it on state politicians.
78% DISLIKE CHINA
Eight out of 10 people in Arunachal look at China with suspicion. Not a single respondent wants to be part of China. The scars of 1962 are still fresh. The constant claim on its territory is not only annoying, but also a reminder of the invasion five decades ago.
44% FEEL INDIA IS NOT STRONG IN FACING UP TO CHINA
The Chinese troops reached Tezpur in Assam in 1962. China has now built railway lines, roads and helipads right up to the Indian border. There has been diplomatic posturing from India, but nothing much has happened on the ground.
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