India will teach China the hard way
What are your views on the present conflict in the Indo China border?
The barbaric and dastardly attack on the Indian soldiers by the Chinese speaks volumes of the treachery and the uncivilised behaviour of that inhuman army. Confucius has said “Never give a sword to a man who cannot dance, only refined men should hold a weapon”. The essential callousness of the rulers of that country is summed up by the Nobel laureate Pearl S buck in her novel Good earth which is written in the background of the depression and the famine in China. Pearl Buck says “ A dog barks when its master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.“ Yes, truth has been attacked on the verdis between India and China. Of the latter famine between 1958 and 1962 in China Yang Jisheng has written in his book Tombstone how 13 children who craved for food were dragged by the authorities to the foothill to die of starvation exposed against the scorching sun. It is not time for us to forget the machine guns firing against the youth filling the Tiananmen Square with the blood of young men who wanted some freedom. This is the psyche of the country which has unleashed the recent brutalities towards the Indian soldiers. As philosopher H Taine said, man is the product of his race, milieu and moment. The brutalities of the Chinese army stems from the brutalities of their culture.
What could be the intentions of China in initiating such a skirmish?
The intentions of China are loud and clear. In Latin there is a saying which means it is a consolation for the wretched to have companions in woe. Xi JinPing, the self assumed perennial ruler of China has realised that his feet are faltering. The COVID has unsettled the country, divided his people, created a new cadre of rebel leaders, his economy has crumbled. The world, US in particular is up against China which is perceived to be the villain which unleashed the agent of death – covid on humanity, which is a cheaper and easier way than an attack on the neighbour to divert attention of the people. There are strong political, economic and military reasons too which prompted China to wage this farcical strike on the unsuspecting Indian forces.
What are the political implications of the developments in the India - China border?
There is a new brand of imperialism raising its ugly cobra head in the world. The xeno imperialism, the leader of the so called Peoples republic of China got himself anointed as the permanent ruler of China. Like the dictator of France, he has visions after me deluge, typical of the old emperors of China. Xi has shown the megalomaniac feeling, I am monarch of all I survey or it appears to be so. He has an expansionist agenda. China sinks the vessels of friendly Vietnam, makes coercive incursion in the sovereign rights of Philippines recently and Thailand of course, gives an occasional kick at Australia, hacks or diffuses their cyberspace, tries to melt down Hong Kong’s democratic freedom, cunningly hoodwinks Nepal, grabs the whole of Tibet, raises border disputes with friendly North Korea, eyes for the land which belongs to India. In short, Xi the dreamer sees his empire as the military super power, economically super power and wants to make it a political super power of the world. Yes, if wishes were horses the beggars would ride. But with India , America, Russia, Japan, Israel and the Eurasian countries on one side, China can count only on Pakistan, North Korea and of course the ultra leftists and the marxists of India. The world will be amused to see Xi Jinping like Sancho Panza of Don Quixote riding on a rickety old horse and fighting against wind mills. China watchers and futurists say that Xi’s vaulting political ambition may lead to the division of China into six or ten independent countries as happened in the USSR in the wake of Glasnost and perestroika under Gorbachev.
What are the economic implications of China’s dastardly act on the borders?
China has been on an upward swing in marketing its goods abroad. Covid has obviously given a beating to the economy of China. China’s economic expansion scheme revolves around the Sino Pak economic corridor which as all of us knows passes through Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK). It is India’s stated position that PoK belongs to India and the world knows that sooner than later it will be with India. Scrapping of article 370 in Kashmir, passing of triple talaq act and the citizenship amendment act has proved to China that India means business. China has been building excellent infrastructure connecting it to the different parts of the world in the hope of a new silk route perhaps of prosperity. China has strategically negotiated access to the sea port in Oman, but India outshined China and got permission from the Sultan of Oman for using the port for military purposes too. China has already negotiated with Sri Lanka and got permission to use their port for commercial purposes. China cannot bear India causing a chink in their economic armour. China sees India as an economic threat.
What is the basis of the dispute between China and India? How is the border between the two countries defined?
Basically it is the border dispute between India and China, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Border is at times a cause, at times an excuse for dispute. The border between India and China stretching across 3500 km was defined as far back as 1914 in Simla under the initiative of the then British Home secretary Henry McMahon. India, Tibet and China entered into border negotiations in Simla and reached an agreement defining the borders of India and China. In spite of being a party to the agreement, China did not confirm it. But McMahon line came to be regarded as the boundary between India and China. Way back in 1962, China made incursions into Indian territory and a war ensued lasting for about a month resulting in the rout of India. Analysts attribute it to the total lack of military vision from the political leadership of India at that time. Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India. An ill equipped army with not even warm clothes to protect themselves from the Himalayan chill was forced to fight an unequal war. The political leadership shamed the Indian army and humiliated Indian people. We are now paying the price for the glorified sins of the inept political executive of that time. So far hundreds of transgressions have been made into the Indian territory, then in 1967 China made incursions into Indian territory, in 1975 they encroached into our land, in 1985 China laid claims on the integral parts of India in the North east and when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India, China again attempted to cross over Indian border. In 2017 in Doklam, China again made border violations. Accidents are not accidental. There is a clear design behind it in military operations. Disrespect to the neighbouring borders forms the crux of the dubious military policy of China. This is a legacy from Mao Tse Tung. Chairman Mao and his five finger policy is diabolical in nature. According to him when China occupied Tibet, Mao said Tibet is the palm, now there remain five fingers. The five fingers are Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal. China is implementing this five finger agenda. First they send COVID to cross the borders, now they are asking their army to cross the borders.
Where does the International comity of nations stand vis a vis India and China, if there is an armed conflict?
The question is hypothetical. There is no armed conflict now.
As of now subtle implications and stated positions show that Russia, USA, Israel, Japan and many European countries will align with India directly or indirectly in case of an armed conflict between the two nations. China will be left maybe with North Korea and Pakistan of course though China is wooing Bangladesh and even Nepal to be with them overtly or covertly. Of course they can depend on the communists of India who played the fifth column during the 1962 crisis. But in case of a conflict, the Indian communists will realize that those who side with the people’s liberation army of China will have to rest in the people’s jails of India for helping the enemy disrobe their motherland. Public memory is not so short. During the India - China war of 1962 the communists took a devious stand and publicly stated the land which China claims to be theirs and we ours. Some petty minded leaders even went to the extent of saying we should donate blood to the wounded Chinese soldiers. Political frenemies inside are worse than military enemies outside.
Do you find any hidden relevance in the timing which China chose to launch this skirmish?
China is known for its dubious and diabolic sense of timing. They would like to fish in troubled waters only. In 1962, the Chinese chose to attack India when the Cuban missile crisis was at the flashpoint. USSR had installed ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons in Cuba at the very doorstep of USA. This was a successfully secretive retaliation to the American perfidy in installing nukes and missiles in Turkey and Italy within the proximity of USSR. Both the nuclear giants came to a near clash. It was as if any pilot in a panic may press the button and end the whole world any moment. When the whole world was on tender hooks China chose to attack India. Even Soviet Union which was with India could not come to our aid because of the compulsions of the situation. Now a pandemic is ruling the roost, humanity is fighting it out, no sensible human being will think of a war at this time, but to the Chinese leader, Shakespeare is right, reason has fled to the brutish beast and men have lost their reason.
What will be China’s take home if they foolishly impose an insane war on India, on humanity?
China will realize a more powerful army with more powerful leaders and more powerful weapons will make a powerful army with powerful leaders and powerful weapons, powerless. India will teach them the hard way and an army of sheep led by a lion is more effective than an army of lions led by a sheep. India loves peace, India loves humanity.
Vasudaiva Kudumbakam, Om shanthi, shanthi shanthi. But we have kept the nation well oiled and fighting fit, should there be a war India will fight to the finish, till the last nail is driven deep into the coffin of the war mongering enemy. Bharath Matha Ki Jai, Vande Mataram.