April 28, 2016 10:41 PM IST
New Delhi: While the world still keeps on guessing, under which circumstance India first granted a visa to Uighur activist Dolcun Isa and later cancelled it, the country has not allowed entry to another anti-China leader. The latest one being a Chinese dissident activist.
According to report, a well-known Tiananmen Square activist Lu Jinghua was told that she can’t board the Air India flight from New York, she had already booked a ticket for. The reason was stated by the staffs of JFK airport as visa being revoked. It was a surprise for Jinghua who was preparing to attend the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) at Dharmasala scheduled to be held from April 28 to May 1. This was the same incident which Isa could have attended had his Indian passport not revoked.
Worth mentioning, the WUC is a closed-door event jointly organised by a leading NGO Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and US-based groups Citizen Power for China (CFC) and Initiatives for China (IFC). The event would be addressed by Tibet’s exiled ruler and supreme spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Notably, Indian fraternity initially thought the visa approval of Isa is a counter to China by the country for its blocking of Indian move against Lashar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Maulana Masood Azhar in UN, recently. But later on India went on cancelling the visa saying, the MEA was not aware of the fact that, the Uighur leader has an Interpol Red Corner notice issued against him.