The Democratic Front of Boroland – Progressive (NDFB-P) has aid that it would prefer the tribal-dominated northeast to be part of China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR) rather than accepting New Delhi’s proposal on giving more power to autonomous councils for the uplift of various tribes. NDFB -P is in dialogue with central government for many years now.
NDFB has been demanding independent Bodo country for many years. But recently, they had climbed down to separate state. But it is reported that, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has sai that more autonomy would be provided by making changes in Sixth Schedule of Indian Constitution.
Reacting to that, NDFB(P) publicity secretary S Sanjarang said in an email statement, said that “If the Centre has only decided to provide more powers to the existing autonomous councils of the region or only economic status for the scheduled tribes of the northeast, it would be better for the Boros (Bodo) and other tribals of the region to be a part of the Special Administrative Regions (SAR) within the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China”
Source: Times of India
Most probably, this is the first instance when a separatist group has on record stated that they would prefer to be with China than India. It may be mentioned that, almost all Mongoloid tribes of North East India have old relationships with its neighbours Myanmar and Tibet which is now in China. China regularly claims Arunachal Pradesh to be South Tibet which is dominated by Tani tribes. Most probably, this statement will be music to the ears of China.