Bamang Tago from Arunachal Pradesh has been in the news lately. The manager for the Indian badminton contingent to take part in the China Super Series Premier tournament has been denied a visa for the same by China. However the dragon country refutes the claim.
Tago, who is also the Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association has been running from pillar to pillar after he was denied a visa by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi. The manager has been denied visa on the grounds that he belongs to Arunachal Pradesh.
It is to be noted that Beijing considers Arunachal Pradesh to be a part of Southern Tibet and routinely protests visits by Indian leaders, foreign officials as well as the Dalai Lama to the area. Hence to issue a visa prior approval from Beijing is required. Tago since then has sought the intervention of Union Minister of State, Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju. However there has been no response from the Chinese embassy since then.
China denying Tago’s claim
China meanwhile has denied Tago’s claim outrightly. They said the manager cancelled his visa application himself. However this is not the first time China has done something of this sort. The dragon country has a long history of denying visa to people domiciled in Arunachal Pradesh.
Badminton Association of India has submitted all the required documents of all the 14 members of the Indian contingent in Chinese Embassy, New Delhi. While the rest 13 members got their visa and left for the tournament at Fuzhou, Tago has been left behind.