The Dragon has again tested Indian waters, this time same place and India’s stance with china has always been defeatist, be it the 1962 war or on economic front, the country has always made a detrimental attack on India .The latest incursion at the ‘Chunar’ sector (Southern Laddakh) has again been taken lightly by the Indian political class ( the real decision maker’s), who sitting in comforts of their armchairs don’t know the real damage which has been done on the psyche of people of the hills when time and again the giant Dragon put its feet forward, threatens the hapless inhabitants and show their might and then retreat on their own whims and fancies. This time, we gather from newspaper reports, the Chinese troops made their headway in ‘Chunar’ sector on the northwest Himalayan range and spoke in “Hindi” for the “Comfort” of our villagers residing at the border vandalized the security setup by breaking the cameras and other navigational equipment and thus retreating back at their sweet will.
The irony of this country is this nation has been its lack of vision for a prospective future combined with a policy paralysis stand of the current government. Repeated warnings by the Indian Army and the local populace of Chinese domination on the Himalayan belt has been negated by the policy think-tanks and this has become a cause of worry according to the Indian natives who think all is quite well in the Indo-Chinese border.
The Ground Reality, make or fake it
The continues breaching of Line of actual Control (LAC) by china is a resounding alarm from the other side of the border, which our national leaders and political think-tanks fail to recognize. China as a fast growing nation, after showing its economic dominance to the world at large is now doing policy of arm-twisting towards India and dictating terms to settle the border skirmishes. Empirically, China has had disputes with South Korea, Japan and has always shown authoritarian view in resources in the South China Sea. Demographically speaking, it wants to circumambulate the Indian peninsula from all the possible sides of the border, be it through the new found ‘friendship ‘with Pakistan and India’s southern neighbor Srilanka or formation of new bodings with Bhutan King (due to which India has stopped giving subsidies fuel to the Himalayan nation, an act, many say is against the closer bonding between China and Bhutan), China is leaving no stone unturned for putting India into a situation of oppression.
What is China’s Stance as always?
China has always categorically denied the Indian side of the story and dismissed its planned inclusion as a falsifying act of propaganda. This has lead to sour relations many times and the situation has reached its nadir due to lack of clear cut policy formulation from the Indian side of the border. China on the contrary has always staked claim on parts of Laddakh and states of Arunachal Pradesh, also the dragon has shown its open dissent on India’s support for the Tibetan populace. All these ‘Small’ points jitter down to one collective precedence, and that is “On this tricky wicket can China be taken as a dependable true neighbor?” For the Indian populace, majority of the opinion polls have derived a negative sentiment towards China. A country which has showcased its “VETO” power in the P-5 nations of United nations security council (It is strictly against India joining the elite club of P-5 nations of security council, for which all the 5 votes from member countries namely USA, China, United Kingdom , Russia and France are necessary) ,what can be expected in the long run.
Why China behaves the way it does with India?
India has been quite a “GOOD” neighbor to China since times immemorial; the two countries had started to trade ever since the Silk route started. Now with fast changing economic environment of the world, coupled with the “Indian growth Story”, China feels threatened from the other side of the border. India is giving an open competition to Chinese economy and skill set. With world looking at India as an equivalent to Chinese growing hunger for the global business pie, the comparison becomes a boiling point to the growth story of China. It has no option left to show its military might and aggressive stand and put some issues in pot-boiling state for the world to listen. This would lead to Chinese acceptance as a “Big-Brother” in South Asia and rest of the world.
What India should do?
Indian government should take a strong stance and project its anguish to the Chinese counterparts on the reoccurring China’s intrusion. This will set the plan for future course of action with India’s largest economic partner. Both the countries cannot afford to go to full scale war as both are regarded by the world as upcoming economic giants which will outcast the business and economic dominance of America and the West in times to come.
A friendly relations with our erstwhile neighbor will benefit our stance in proving points beyond comprehension that India as a nation has matured enough to handle China in the new world order and thus will prove beyond comprehension its arrival in the global economic battle!