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Not their own wars

Tuesday 8 January 2008, by Tashi Dhundup

As the Indian Army’s secretive Tibetan force celebrates its 45th birthday this year, Tibetan warriors in the Special Frontier Force commemorate more than four decades of fighting other people’s wars.

While at school at the Central School for Tibetans in Mussoorie, my classmates and I used to sing a song that went, “Chocho mangmi la madro, haapen bholo yoki rae”, which translates to “O brother don’t go to the army, they will make you wear those loose half-pants”. Although we sang this song in every grade, it was only years later that the true meaning of those words finally dawned on me. Each year as the seniors graduated, we would see trucks waiting at the school gate – Indian Army trucks, all set to cart many of the graduating students off to the barracks for training. At the time I was confused, and wondered why these new graduates were not simply going home.

It was only much later that I came to understand the involvement of Tibetans in the Indian Army. This is an issue that has still received scant attention, much less acknowledgement of the achievements of the Tibetan soldiers in the name of the Indian state. Indeed, to this day India has never officially recognised this debt, though Tibetans, around 10,000 of them, continue to serve in the Indian Army.

India’s Tibetan troops have traditionally made up the vast majority of the Special Frontier Force, widely known as the SFF, which has been guarding Indian borders for 45 years. Following the Sino-Indian War of 1962, the SFF was created in Chakrata, around 100 km from Dehradun, a town with a large Tibetan refugee population. While a second force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), was also created in the same year, its mandate was border patrol, while the SFF focused on guerrilla warfare. Later on, all of the Tibetans with the ITBP were sent to Chakrata, and the ITBP remained Tibetan largely in name only.

Over the following decades, despite involvement in the 1971 War of Liberation in Bangladesh, Indira Gandhi’s Operation Bluestar in Punjab, the 1999 conflict in Kargil, as well as a continued presence on the Siachen glacier, the full extent of the SFF’s role has remained shrouded in mystery. Indeed, much of what there is to know about the SFF’s actions over the past four and a half decades has remained with two people: former Indian intelligence chief R N Kao and S S Uban, the SFF’s first inspector-general, both of whom have remained notoriously tight-lipped about the group.

China advanced into Tibet in 1950, and nine years later the 14th Dalai Lama, then 24 years of age, fled south into exile. That same period saw the formation of a group called Chu-She-Khang-Druk (Four Rivers and Six Mountains, a name symbolising a unified Tibet), comprised mostly of Khampa, from the southeastern plains of Tibet. This relatively small group suddenly rose in violent revolt against Chinese subjugation and, though outmatched in military strength, the Chu-She-Khang-Druk fighters were able to inflict heavy damage on the People’s Liberation Army. With the Dalai Lama’s escape to India and a mass exodus of Tibetans following, the Khampa fighters felt that the best service they could provide at the time was to protect the escape route. Eventually, they too went into exile, with a base of the group eventually coming up in Mustang, in north-central Nepal.

On the global level, this was taking place at the height of the Cold War between the US and international communist forces, which subsequently led the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC to decide to aid these Tibetan guerrillas. Though the details have always been somewhat hazy, the US continued to provide weapons and training until the early 1970s. But when Henry Kissinger, then Richard Nixon’s Secretary of State, shook hands with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong in 1971, the CIA abruptly cut off its quiet support for the Tibetans (see accompanying story, “On the altar of foreign relations”).

Something similar had earlier taken place in India. Following the 1954 Panchsheel Agreement, Jawaharlal Nehru largely sacrificed Tibet on the altar of Indo-China friendship. At the time, Nehru was evidently assuming, or hoping, that the idea of ‘Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai’ relations would be firmly cemented. But this was not to be: instead, the dragon roared and breathed fire, and Nehru was jolted from his slumber. The India-China war of 1962 invoked a longstanding sense of paranoia in New Delhi, and in its aftermath Nehru looked towards the old neighbour he had forsaken to protect the Indian border from the new neighbour he had blindly trusted. With a ready stock of CIA-trained Tibetan guerrillas now available in India, Nehru decided to form an army unit consisting almost exclusively of Tibetans to guard its rugged northern frontier.

The Chu-She-Gang-Druk fighters welcomed the idea: through the new formation, they hoped that a Tibetan army could be formally maintained, and could be of ready use in the future. A tripartite agreement between India’s Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the US’s CIA and the Chu-She-Gang-Druk subsequently brought into existence the Special Frontier Force. Initial recruiting gathered together around 12,000 men, commanded by two Chu-She-Gang-Druk leaders, who were oddly referred to as the “political leaders”. Initial training was provided by the CIA and India’s Intelligence Bureau. Within two years, a period of covert expeditions along India’s northern borders had begun. Yet opportunities never did materialise for the unit to be used against its intended ‘enemy’, and indeed, in 1973 the SFF’s orders were altered following alleged incursions into Tibet: the group was now longer allowed to deploy within 10 km of the Tibetan border. However, it was successfully deployed during the course of several other operations.

It would be appreciated…

16 December 1971 was the day the Bangladesh War of Liberation ended, and the date has come to connote freedom for the people of Bangladesh. Few in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan, however, remember – or have ever known of – the role played by the SFF in ensuring the Indian Army’s victory on that day. In the lead-up to the SFF’s deployment, Indira Gandhi wired a message to the Tibetan fighters, conveyed through their Indian commander: “We cannot compel you to fight a war for us,” Gandhi wrote, “but the fact is that General A A K Niazi [the Pakistan Army commander in East Pakistan] is treating the people of East Pakistan very badly. India has to do something about it. In a way, it is similar to the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans in Tibet, we are facing a similar situation. It would be appreciated if you could help us fight the war for liberating the people of Bangladesh.”

In a dynamic that would be repeated several additional times, Tibetans subsequently began to fight a war that was not their own, and on the request of a woman whose father had played a significant part in betraying the Tibetan cause. Three thousand SFF Tibetan commandos were deployed, fighting under the cover of the Mukti Bahini (Bangladesh Liberation Army) along the Chittagong Hill Tracts. They infiltrated with orders to destroy bridges, dams and communication lines, thereby smoothening the way for the advance of the Indian Army. During the conflict, the SFF lost 56 men, while another 190 were wounded. After a little less than nine months, East Pakistan became Bangladesh. The new country’s founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, personally called the SFF leaders to thank them for their part in that creation. But this had been a classified mission – one that, officially, still does not exist. As such, none of the SFF fighters have ever been decorated, nor have their contributions ever been officially recognised.

So began decades of fighting other people’s wars, much as the Nepali Gorkhas serve in the Indian armed forces. As alluded to by Indira Gandhi’s 1971 letter, the SFF was seen as a particularly effective force, and their service was used in 1984 Operation Bluestar to storm the Golden Temple to flush out Sikh militants. Years later, keeping in mind his mother’s attachment to the SFF, Rajiv Gandhi called upon the Tibetan fighters to manage his security during part of his tenure as prime minister. Following the 1999 conflict in Kargil, a Tibetan jawan wrote a song that began, “Kargil la dhangpo yongdue, bomb ki phebso shoesong” (When I first came to Kargil, the bombs welcomed us). Inherent in those words are not just fearful sentiments as expressed by any young soldier, but also the fact that Kargil was India’s conflict, not Tibet’s. Likewise, one SFF battalion today continues to serve on the Siachen glacier – oddly close to their homeland, but facing the opposite direction.

Indeed, unofficial thanks notwithstanding, throughout these past decades it has fallen to the Tibetans themselves to sing the songs of the unsung heroes. One such song in Hindi, composed by a Tibetan trooper, is titled “We are Vikasi”, referring to the term used for a regiment within the SFF. Its words allude not only to a push to keep the cause of Tibetan independence alive, but also to the formation of a new identity within the past half-century: the Tibetan-Indian, temporarily or otherwise.

Hum hai Vikasi, tibbat wasi
Desh ki shyan bharayenghye

Jab jab humko milega moka
Jaan pe khel dekhayenghye

Hum hai vikasi
Chin ne humse chean ke tibbat
Ghar se hame nikala hae
Phirbi bharat ne humko,
Apno ki tara sambhala hae
Ekna Ek din chin ko bhi hum
Nako channe chabayenghye
Jab jab hum ko milega moka
Jaan pe khel dekhayenghye

Sichan glaciar main humko
Moka mila dubara hai
Hamare vir jawano ko
Nahin koyi bhi gum
Kargil hoya Bangladesh
Himmat kabhi na hare hum
Jab jab hum ko milega moka
Jaan pe khel dekhayenghye

Jahan hamara mahel potala
Norbu lingka pyara hai
Pujya dalai lama singhasan
Tabse hi nyara hai
Yad karo aun viron ko
Jisne diya balidan hai
Au milkar gayen hum
Jai hamara Tibbat Jai
Jai hamara Tibbat Jai
Jai Hamara Tibbat Jai

We are the Vikasi, dwellers of Tibet
We will strengthen the pride of the country

Whenever opportunities arise
we will play with our lives.

We are the Vikasi
The Chinese snatched Tibet from us
and kicked us out from our home
Even then, India
kept us like their own
One day, surely one day
we will teach the Chinese a lesson
Whenever opportunities arise
we will play with our lives

In the Siachen glacier
we got our second chance
Our young martyrs
have no sadness whatsoever
Whether it is Kargil or Bangladesh
we will not lose our strength
Whenever opportunities arise
we will play with our lives

Where there is our Potala Palace
and lovely Norbu Lingka
The throne of the Dalai Lama
was dear even then
Remember those martyrs of ours
who sacrificed with their lives
Let’s sing together
Hail to our Tibet!
Hail to our Tibet!
Hail to our Tibet!

37 Forum messages

  • Not their own wars 4 July 2009 at 13:49 , by dhruv

    What can you ask of an indian Govt , weak between the legs

    Its about time the tibetians , who have contributed to inida, be acknowledged

    Forget about the chinese, they are cunning, but not very bright , they cant progress far.

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    • Not their own wars 12 July 2010 at 13:16 , by Prerak

      learn to spell Tibetans first dear friend…..INDIA has done all that it can and always has been very supportive….read the speeches given by H.H and you will know what India has done, we fought a war for our Tibetan brothers. We love them and they love us.discussion over.

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    • Not their own wars 13 March 2011 at 12:10 , by Bangladeshi

      Salute to Tibetan we Bangladeshi Will always grateful to you people.

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    • Not their own wars 23 May 2011 at 09:16 , by tenor

      Thank you India, Tibetan people always love you. It is a bond that stays solid, strong and created by forefathers of both nations! We believe one day there is the return of India’s old neighbor called Tibet, as a free and independent nation. It is just a matter of time. Long live the Dalai Lama, Vande Mata Ram!

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    • Not their own wars 1 September 2011 at 14:45 , by nitin

      thanks a lot man, especially to the men who fought for my country. I do know the about tibet. But you gotta face it, as long as the chinese govt is strong nothing can be done by any nation of the world. But if time calls i can’t say anything about my govt. But i will be joinin u in the struggle.. m not much of a fighter but i can share some bullets…

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      • HOW STRONG THE CHINA 10 November 2011 at 07:05 , by SON OF TIBET

        Nitin Jee, Mai kuch hi sabdh mai aapka jawab dena chahata hoon,EK CHOTA SA CHINTI (AUNT)BHI KITNA BARAH HATHI KOH TANG KAR SAKTA HAI, lekin hamare dharam guru HH Dalai lama voilence ke bilkool khelaf hai, MAGAR ISEH TIBBAT KO CHOTA OR KAMJOR KE NAZAR SE NAHIN DEKHNA CHAHIYE, misal ke torpar USSR in Afghanistan,China or Vietnam War, aap dekh sakte hai.Shukriyada apka volunteer hone par,or Shukriya is bat ka kih aap accept toh karte hai kih aapka desh BANGLADESH azad karane wale mai is TIBBAT KI FAUJ JO 56 HAMARE JAWAN SHAHID HUYE OR TAKRIBAN 200 ZAKMI HUI ON LOGON KA BIH HATH HAI,AAP KABIH BHARAT MEN VIST KARTE HAI TOH JARUR IS BAT KA KHAYAL RAKHNA OR PATA LAGANA KIH 56 SHAHID HUE LOGON KA "ROLL OF HONOUR KAHAN PAR HAI"

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      • Not their own wars 28 February 2012 at 06:26 , by Anurag Kumar

        Thank you for those brave words Nitin, I share you feelings. I don’t know much about our Indian Government when it comes to making bold decisions but on a personal note I would certainly join you to reduce a couple of men and bullets from the enemy’s arsenal. Jai Hind.

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  • Not their own wars 11 July 2009 at 09:47 , by Ram

    I learnt about this force quite recently. As an Indian, I would like to say my thanks to all the tibetans who serve in the Indian army. I know you deserve better acknowledgment, unfortunately Indian government’s lack of backbone especially against China comes in the way. I hope we learn to stand up to China.

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  • Not their own wars 14 August 2009 at 10:48 , by saravana

    Don’t worry my dear tibetan brothers we are the sons from the same mothers womb. today you were fighting for INDIA tomorrow we will fight to librate you from that coward Chinese army. that time will come soon……

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    • Not their own wars 13 October 2010 at 14:01 , by Ram Singh

      Our Tibetian Brothers must understand, that currently China is strong. So wait. A time will come, when the situation will change. Remember Soviet Russia ? Just wait for your time. A Billion Indians will be with you, and the ancient history will be repeated.

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  • Not their own wars 2 September 2009 at 11:31 , by MAN

    I thank our tibetan brothers for the sacrifices they made to our mother land and we promise we return the same, liberating it for you.Long live India and Tibet. I think that time is not too far.

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  • Not their own wars 9 October 2009 at 13:11 , by Ahmed Orko

    I am a Bangladeshi. I bow down in humble gratitude to you, my brothers. I beg your forgiveness for the ignorance shown on the part of my countrymen.

    Ahmed Orko

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    • Not their own wars 10 November 2013 at 16:38 , by Hindustani

      if every bangladeshi is like you,insha allah india n bangladesh will be good friends .please,tell all your friends the sacrifice made by indians and tibetans was for making bangladesh free.

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  • Not their own wars 17 October 2009 at 21:57 , by ajay

    I belive this is the 3rd or 4th generation of tibetians which is leaving in India. Please belive that now you have become fully India citizens just like us, so stop thinking as it your or our wars. The practicle reality is that tibet will not come back but thanks to India tibetian dream is still alive.

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    • Not their own wars 25 October 2009 at 08:06 , by snowwhite

      though we have lived in india almost for 5 decade. u must acknowledge that we are still very much tibetan in spirit and have not become indian in any sense. to treat us as indian amount to bieng ignored the very cause for which we stand for, nothing but tibet’s independence, a long chserished goal. u must support for independent tibet and ensure that longetivity of tibetan race. that is wat friend for. nope?

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    • Ignorance 11 January 2013 at 19:41 , by Jayant

      I appreciate that you Tibetan people and but saying that Tibet will never be free and they are now Indians is utterly ignorant. Please stop saying such ignorant things. We support the cause and we are always with our Tibetan brothers and sisters but they are not Indians they are Tibetans. They have their own identity.

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  • Not their own wars 1 January 2010 at 09:35

    you are right in mentioning that India has not acknowledge the role of SFF. but, don’t forget that SFF is a special group and no country in the world willingly advertise the achievements of their special forces. India has other special forces too, like MORCOS, Garud commando force, Ghatak, COBRA etc. Even their achievements are never published. So, dont complain about not publishing about SFF. No sane government publishes the achievements of their special forces as they are mostly used in covert operations.

    Now, why can’t you thank India in accepting you? you should be grateful that India is taking Tibetans. India has every right in the world to send you back to Tibet if she wishes too. but, considering cruel ways of Chinese towards Tibetans, we are not sending you back and still accepting refugees from Tibet after 50 years of occupation. you have come to India by your own will. you don’t consider India as your country as it is clear from your comment. Now, you want to stay in this county and you do not want to contribute to her? and this SFF is an Indian army unit. they are trained by army, facilities provided by army as well as paid by army. nothing wrong in that. alright? i have no problem in having Tibetans in India. you are good people. but, please accept India as your country now be thankful to us we have welcomed you with open hands.

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    • Not their own wars 3 February 2010 at 00:48 , by tsenam

      By recognition of SFF role played during 1971 and till date, didn’t meant to be published but to honour those people, now living with not a single penny of welfare, entitled par to our Indian brothers in arms (pension/medical/family benefits) neither from the Indian or Tibetan exile Govt. Which is really very sad. We are grateful to the Indian brother n sister’s and the Govt by providing shelter for us and which we nor our childrens will forget. But the same time whether we or you consider us a indian or not, when the time comes to defend the country which has adopted us, nor our forefathers nor we will be behind.

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      • Not their own wars 6 October 2010 at 03:23 , by An Indian

        I truly appreciate this person’s sentiment. among all the messages posted so far, this is the one which has the right mix of sentiments & logic.

        My Tibetan brothers & sisters, I know China has been unkind to you, but do not worry or be heart broken, History would honour you. I sincerely feel that communism cannot succeed as its roots are in human oppression, strict control regimes, sometimes bordering on in-humanity.

        That day would surely come when China would break up, not because of external aggression, but because of internal strife & dissatisfaction. That change has already began and which is why China is projecting even a harsher face to the entire world.

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    • Not their own wars 2 November 2010 at 00:49 , by tenzin

      just wanna say thanks india …50 Years of Tibetans in Exile..many many thanks india…jai mata di

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  • Not their own wars 21 February 2010 at 05:25 , by Ravi Sekhar

    Dear brother Tsenam

    I feel deeply honoured as an Indian at the noble and brave sentiments and solidarity expressed by you as a tibetan towards Indians. Some easily disillusioned tibetans may complain against indian political leaders and alleged manipulation by Indians, of tibetans.I would say that indian govt is not weak between the legs as alleged by someone.The govt has to and will use all resources at its command to derive the greatest benefit in war.Plz rest assured that with the current hectic pace of modernisation, the indian military will become even more formidable than ever and then may be the great tibetan dream will be realised with unflinching indian help.About 3,000 under armed, crack indian troops died in the 1962 war defending the indo tibetan order.More indians than ever are willing to confront China now as they realise that we are dealing with a cunning enemy who uses diplomacy as a smoke screen to hide their game plan of waging wars for expansionist purposes. And so we indians and tibetans will fight against a common enemy shoulder to shoulder. Amen.

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  • Not their own wars 1 March 2010 at 23:43 , by Joy, Kolkata

    From ancient times we are interlinked.Till death we will be together one day I hope surely you will get back your motherland till then treat us as your brother.Let’s fight together.

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  • Not their own wars 5 May 2010 at 00:23

    as much as i want the Indian govt to recognise the contribution of the SFF, we the tibetan community to should be thankful to the people and the govt of india for give us place to call home. so, i think that we should be complaining less and showing our gratitude.

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  • Not their own wars 4 July 2010 at 10:16 , by Buffalo soldier

    Mr Tashi stop spreading slander. Im a soldier ,and i know that we have no debt to pay to tibetans. On the contrary it shud be the other way around.India has provided shelter n refuge to an entire people,which other country will do that friend?As far as SFF is concerned the soldiers are quite happy n proud to serve in an elite force of the Army just like the Gurkhas.And we are quite proud to have such good soldiers.So stop whining.

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    • Not their own wars 26 January 2011 at 10:22 , by Harri

      I have lived with these Tibetans for several years. They are as good, loyal and dedicated soldiers as any other. Their valour cannot be recognised due to military compulsions and the actual soldiers recognise the fact. They have contributed immensely to the various wars that India has fought. Now they are permitted to join Indian government employment at all ranks. This is another step that India has taken to support them and make them a part of itself.

      However, as it should be, the idea of an independent Tibet remains close to their hearts even though many of them realise that it may take generations for the idea to become a reality. I do hope that their dream becomes a reality sooner rather than later.

      Tashi Delek

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      • Not their own wars 20 April 2011 at 02:22 , by frankymaself

        it was so kind of your support for the Tibetan people.. it show that irrespective of any deed you Indian people always support us, and being a Tibetan myself i always feel very grateful to Indian people and their govt for accepting us.. even though we are refugee out here but Indian govt is providing all necessary thing that we need to survive . be it education, shelter , food or cloth. i am very much satisfied with the way Indian govt are treating us.

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      • Not their own wars 1 May 2011 at 10:58 , by Kapil Khanna

        Long live the friendship of Tibetians and Indians. I salute the courage of our Tibetian brothers and sincerely hope that one day Tibet would be independent.


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  • Not their own wars 28 April 2011 at 03:04

    Indian politicians may have been ungrateful but in our hearts and minds, we have nothing but respect and gratitude for the services of SFF.

    I do believe that not rising to defend Tibet when you were attacked has been a historical blunder of India, made perhaps by an unsuspecting govt, later feeling equally betrayed as you were. Rest assured, the ordinary Indian is awake now and in no mood to let historical mistakes repeated; we have learnt from the past.

    Indeed, the cause of Tibet is a cause for every Indian. For generations, we have been very close, and indeed, we do feel that the
    Tibetan culture and ethos are very very similar to India, with common beliefs and religious faith. Even our religious beliefs have common origins. I know most Tibetans now feel at home in India, and this is a good thing for all of us and we would like you to - in addition to your home in Tibet. All Tibetans born in India are in any case now legally Indian Citizens as well; and are entitled to all their legal rights as available to Indian citizens, this is a welcome development.

    HH The Dalai Lama has as many admirers and followers in India now, and we have nothing but love and respect for him.

    Tibet will be back with you again in not so a distant future, this is our common dream and we must continue to work towards that together.


    A well wisher.

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    • Not their own wars 11 July 2011 at 05:31

      being a Tibetan born in India, I will fight and die for India just like my younger brother who is currently serving in SFF. I eat Indian foods, I listen to Indian songs, I watch Indian cinemas, India is our guru, yaar. Don’t worry my Tib friends, India will stand behind us one day. Jai Bharat, Jai Tibat. Dhanyawad, India.

      Mera Nam, Dhawa.

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  • Not their own wars 9 June 2011 at 05:41 , by Philip

    It is incorrect to say that the efforts of the SFF has not been recognized. SFF personnel were awarded over 150 medals for meritorious service.
    As a proud Indian, I thank SSF for their service.


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  • Not their own wars 21 July 2011 at 02:47 , by Subho

    My respect and all my heart goes out to you, you are a part of india as much as I have ever felt. It’s a shame that india doesn’t take care of it’s soldiers, and not just tibetan brave men who fought and bled for us. I truly wish i would live to see the day when India would give back to its fighters what it has taken from them.

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  • Not their own wars 12 August 2011 at 04:27 , by dhondup

    As a Tibetan, India is a country who have supported us so much that even with our last blood and breathe we try to repay it still its not enough, i am sure we are not marketing for what tibetans are doing for india,if we does then its very shameful to ask .we dont need anything in return for what tibetans are doing,
    But i feel if the mass indians knows about the contribution then i feel the love of the indian people towards the refugee tibetans will much more respectful and our love and brotherhood will remains forever, i respect indians and indian army for their greatness.
    so i will pray india to be the greatest country in the world and we are always be proud to be born and being a part of it,
    thank you india thank you indian, Sare Jahan Se Acha Hindustan Hamara. God bless all you of you,,,

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  • Not their own wars 13 January 2012 at 21:15 , by akula

    In short : India CANNOT afford to fite China … China is simply 2 powerful … I am sorry but India is doing the best it can … but we r in no position to fite china ..
    P.S. I hate Nehru and da Gandhi’s as much as u do and i am India
    Warm regards and respects for my Tibetian brother’s and sister’s ..
    Read dragonfire by humphrey hawksly … it points out the situation of Indo-China war for Tibet …

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  • Not their own wars 7 July 2012 at 05:39 , by tashi

    it’s sad that when first it started recruiting tibetan in indian armed force,tibetans who joined indian army vere in belive that they will be able to
    fight with chinese and free our country.but now i see among tibetan is that we join it for money(handsome salary).there is nothing glorious to fight other’s fight.we are fighting for their security but india will never fight or wage a war for my request to all tibet youth is let’s not join it .we have our’s funny complaining about this thing.and also we dont have to rely on other’s help for our freedom.we must be strong and determined to gain freedom while facing chinks. there’s billion indians to join their armed force.we tibetan must consider about own country.back then in nehru’s time he wanted to make frendship with china to decrease the influence of western powers.but china stabbed india at the back. india is just using us.

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  • Not their own wars 3 November 2012 at 11:34 , by KK

    I believe that the days of China are numbered, communism is a failed philosophy.There will come a day when china will be weak and a day where their own people will rebel , that day SFF will do the job they were raised to do
    "free tibet" and I know the Tibetans will do so. As far as SFF not being recognized, one must remember that SFF is a special force engaged in covert operations and the members know that no matter how great their achievement it will never be openly commended. The Tibetans are welcomed in India and will be welcomed as long as it takes to achieve their freedom.

    Those who are complaining that Tibetans bleeding for a foreign country , remember that we need to defend this county that has welcomed you with open arms , this country will provide you with the platform to gain your independence.

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  • Not their own wars 26 May 2013 at 12:53 , by tashi

    I took pity for those tibetans and nepalis(gorkha) who are bleeding for india.
    better serve your own community and people.nothing glorious about killing enemies or later complaining that we are being ignored or downplayed.

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    • Not their own wars 10 November 2013 at 16:11 , by Hindustani

      Gorkhas are part of India and India-Nepal have always shared a close bond ,from ancient times ,more over Gorkhas too live at Darjeeling and other parts of India . and we are proud of Gorkhas,Sikhs ,Rajputanas or any other regiment of Indian Army, Jai hind, we indians have always believed in peaceful world but what we can do if our neighbor(Pakistan) turns out to be snake ?

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