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Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba on top of Mount Everest
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Thank you for publishing Nameirakpam’s diary and that
The late Sir Edmund Hillary, who first conquered Everest
along with the late Tenzing Norgay May 29, 1953, reportedly
said, ‘It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.’
The Bhagvad Gita also says: Human ego melts at the sum-
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A golden opportunity
China sent ships to occupy some Japanese islands. The
Pentagon says China’s military ambition extends far beyond
Taiwan. So Japan and America declared that they would
oppose any Chinese attempt to occupy any disputed lands in
This is a great opportunity for India to declare that the
McMahon Line is the permanent India-China boundary.
If India does that, she will get support from many world
powers and to occupy Arunachal China will have to oppose
To keep their Indian empire, Britain had to occupy Beijing,
China’s capital, and Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, and prevent
Chinese troops from entering Tibet. China never dared occu-
py any Russian land.
For the last 70 years, China is constantly trying to occupy
Arunachal Pradesh. They succeeded in 1962 but they had to
run when America came to India’s side. Since then they have
moved from strength to strength.
They occupied Arunachal during the Cuban Missile crisis.
They are waiting for another opportunity to do the same.
Jawaharlal Nehru said China is as big as a continent. God
did not give them that. The Chinese foreign minister said
Arunachal is Chinese territory.
If India fails to show some spine, she will have to suffer
extreme humiliation later.
Recently, I received a phone call from someone who intro-
duced himself as a person from the Federal Criminal
He told me the call was because I did not pay the Internal
Revenue Service $1,986.20 I owed as tax.
He told me that the IRS sent me many notices but I ignored
them and did not pay the dues and he had papers to prove
that. So, he said, the IRS had issued a warrant for my arrest
and he would release the warrant if I did not pay the due tax
in an hour, and I would be in jail.
I was surprised as I always paid my taxes on time and had
never been told that I owed any tax. He gave his name as Don
Lawson and his phone number was (732)-328-2295.
I told him that I would pay the money by check, but he said
no check is acceptable and I would have to pay the money by
buying Green Money Back card from Wal-Mart or Kroger, and
he would release the arrest warrant if I did not pay in an hour.
I understood the IRS never issues any arrest warrant and
that these people were criminals; so I did nothing. After two
hours, a lady called me and threatened to release the arrest
warrant if I did not pay the money immediately. I told her that
I do not owe any money and that I would call the police and
the IRS. She hung up.
I wrote to the Attorney General of Indiana to take necessary
action against those criminals. I would request my fellow citi-
zens to contact the police, should these criminals call any of
Anil K Sarkar
Terre Haute. Indiana
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Raj Kapoor, please
I would very eagerly await a detailed India Abroad article,
complete with photographs, on the Indian movie icon Raj
Kapoor, who is still remembered with reverence, even after his
25th death anniversary.
Prafulla K De
Little Neck, New York
Lalit Kumar Kotecha