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September 7, 1968 Circumstances have changed radically since then. The capture of Tien An Mien by Mao Tse-tung's liberation army and later the take-over of Tibet by the Chinese brought the India-China conflict to Sikkim's doors and heightened the strategic significance of Sik- kim for India. After the NEFA debacle of 1962, New Delhi realised that Nathula or Chholamu could become another Dhola or Towang and so entrusted the Indian Army with the defence of the region. But what New Delhi did not realise was that a military measure like this was not sufficient. While other foreign powers interested in the region went ahead with efforts to win over the Sikkimese psychologically, by planting their men among them, India appeared not to see that ideas could not be kept out by fences. The result is seen in the fact that today the Sikkimese, even the Nepalese among them, regard a possible Chinese take-over of Sikkim as merely a change of masters which would matter very little to them.

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