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Four Dozen Chinese Centres Along Indian Borders
Jan 08, 2015

Security agencies have found that close to four dozen Chinese Study Centres and other monasteries are present along India's frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan and are allegedly indulging in propaganda programmes.

A report prepared by the lead intelligence gathering agency at these two frontiers—Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) said:

Cause of Concern for India

  • 22 China Study Centres (CSC) have come up in the Nepalese territory, with 11 of them operating bang on the 1,751 km long Indo-Nepal border.
  • These centres are propagating subjects of Chinese culture, traditions, teachings and economy to the population in Nepal which is a cause of concern along the border areas.
  • India's frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan are open and unfenced without any restrictions on the movement of the citizens of either of these countries.
  • These centres are giving special impetus on propagation of their work in the fertile Terai areas of the Himalayan nation, especially Jhapa and Ilam districts, which have strong trade, economic and ethnic ties with India.
  • The force has time and again prepared special reports on these centres which security agencies feel are indulging in anti-India propaganda even as the CSCs maintain that they aim to teach Chinese language to locals and disseminate cultural information about China and its various art forms.
  • 22 monasteries have also come up along the border areas with Bhutan in the Indian territory between the districts of East Sikkim to Jaigaon, a small town in West Bengal near the Bhutan border.
  • These monasteries have come up in the last four-five years but their growth ratio is doubtful as there is no proportionate Buddhist population where they are situated and operating. These centres are supposed to carry out religious activities.


The SSB, raised in 1963 in the wake of the Chinese aggression, is also the designated border guarding force at these open borders under the command of the Union Home Ministry.


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