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McMahon Line Turns 100
Mar 29, 2014

It was 100 years back when Sir Henry McMahon drew the McMahon Line as the Sino-Indian border. In its centenary year, a group of historians and members of Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet (HCAT) would sit together to discuss the changes in the agreement on McMahon line, known as Shimla Accord.

McMahon Line, which has become a disputed issue with stalemate over border settlement continuing, was drawn in the United Service Club, popularly known as US Club of Shimla. Sir A. Henry McMahon, who was the main negotiator, too was born in Shimla in 1862.

On July 3, 1914, China had rejected the accord, signed by representatives of British India and Tibet at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) in Shimla.

When McMaohon line was drawn, it was an agreement between India and Tibet but later, the entry of China in Tibet resulted into a security threat to India. The Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet said, “We would study and discuss the 11 point agreement signed in 1914 and would submit a memorandum to Union government to raise the Tibet issue prominently for the security of nation." 

To create awareness about the issue, a national level conference too would be held in Shimla as McMahon Line affects the entire Himalayan belt. The committee demands that Tibet should be a buffer zone between India and China for the security of our country." 


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