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India Battles to Win by Tarun Vijay : Brief Review and Comments

 When China occupied Tibet, Sardar Patel in his letter to Pandit Nehru warned of China’s intentions, in his letter dated 7th November 1950, which warned the PM about Chinese intentions and eyes on parts of North East India even some areas of Assam and said that Indian communist are: “Hitherto-the communist party of India has faced some difficulty in contacting communists abroad or in getting supplies of arms, literature etc from there. They shall now have comparatively easy means of access to Chinese Communist (because of Chinese occupation of Tibet) and through them to other foreign communist. Instead of having to deal with isolated communist pocket in Telengana and Warangal, we may have to deal with Communist threats to our security along our northern and north eastern frontier, where for supplies of arms and ammunition, they (India Communist) can safely depend on Communist arsenal in China.”

PM Nehru, who welcomed Dalai Lama failed to understand the gist of letter of Dy PM and Home Minister Sardar Patel and allowed Dalai Lama to visit foreign countries including USA and appeal to UN for intervention in Tibet which annoyed the Chinese more and it led to 1962 war. Sardar Patel had warned Nehru 12 years before the Chinese aggression.

After 1962 Chinese War Nehru changed his mind so drastically is less known or forgotten by the UPA congress of 2010-2011 and most of the Indian people. “While the entire nation stood united against the aggressors, the only exception was the Communist Party of India (CPI then united) which refused to condemn the Chinese aggression. Finally Pandit Nehru had to arrest hundreds of CPI leaders and workers under charges of sedition”. Not only that, it is much more significant either unknown or forgotten that:

 “The same Nehru government invited Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers to join the 1963 Republic Day parade in full RSS uniform in honour of their patriotic work during the war”

However Tarun Vijay is not led or misled by either Nehru’s condemnation of Indian communist or Sardar Patel’s warning to Nehru in 1950 he keeps his mind open. With a foresight, describing how India is to win the battle? It is well known that Diplomacy is not a static attitude. It is country’s interest and wellbeing of its citizens that is of paramount interest for all times. India’s two neighbors of vacillating importance, right from India’s independence of 1947, are China and Pakistan. China after incorporating Tibet and uncalled for war of 1962, because of lack of understanding by both, has not indulged in even minor war, despite some minor incursions in, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. On the other hand Pakistan since its creation has been financing, arming and sending terrorists for the past 62 years, despite minor efforts of reconciliation by Musharaf’s visit to India and Vajpayee visit to Pakistan. It is apt to quote from his book as under

We have fought four major wars with Pakistan and Islamabad has been singularly biggest factor responsible for the terrorism which has taken thousands of lives in our towns and metropolitan cities. Though Pakistan hasn’t changed , we are continuing much hyped track two diplomacy” About China war and friendship with India, is elucidated. “But China with whom we had lost one war, it’s a different story. Perhaps we know Pakistan and China is a stranger. The truth is that the (Chinese) people are experiencing an altogether new, fresh breeze of little freedom. And India remains a highly respected and deeply revered land for the common Chinese be it a practicing Buddhist or a Confucian. Should India ignore this aspect and keep on creating an image of ugly, bad untrustworthy Chinese? Good or bad, friend or foe, China needs to be understood by Indians more deeply. China is not just Beijing or the communist party. The billion strong populations often think differently and that’s to be understood”

As China is world’s one of the most militarily powerful countries with highly developed nuclear weapon, Tarun Vijay is right in stressing that we Indians and Government of India should develop friendship with Chinese Government and Chinese people.

India’s battle to win is not against Pakistan or China or any other unknown country. Foremost it is battle against poverty of 30 percent Indians suffering below poverty line, 10 percent or so Indians are earning huge amounts because of the labor of poor and middle class Indians. Rich are trying to be richer by friends like that of A Raja, Thomas, Hassan Ali and even amongst 10 richest men in the world, Anil Ambani and JRD Tata to name a few. There are hundreds of politicians in all political parties, civil servants and others. Ruling congress has no ideology worth the name. Its only aim or ideology is to remain in power by having an alliance with parties like DMK’S Karuna and sometime with Lalu Prasad Yadav and even with Mayawati. How can India win this war within, first? The views expressed in the last page of the book have to be understood by UPA, BJP and Left parties, as expressed hereunder:

The congress used to be a grand old alliance with a strong nationalist pitch we have lost it is the same pressure groups that stand for compromise. And the BJP is still fighting for its rightful place. Any war is first fought intellectually and then on the ground. India is facing its worst ever ideological war. The attackers are not coming here to loot or colonise us. We were always attacked for being just what we were. This war, battle to win requires “united Indian resistance based on the love of our motherland and the element that express her glory. We must ensure that the different faiths of worship do not get into a conflict with the patriotic fervor and we have shown we can do it successfully many times before. 1857 is one shining example of that.”

We Indians and government of India must do everything to bring together Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and even Buddhists together so that there are no hostility between any of them with the other and there is perfect harmony.

March 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Relation between India and China from ancient to modern times

It is well known all over the world that Buddhism from India had so much influence on China that virtually whole of China became Buddhist. In India Buddhism had risen since in Ashoka’s time, after Kalinga War, but slowly it declined in the face of Hinduism, the most ancient religion of the world which Indians had accepted and practised. During spread of colonialism of Europe in Asia, India and many countries were conquered by Muslims (Mughals) than Europeans particularly by the British. As china was considered too vast Europeans were satisfied by controlling Chinese coast. Thus Britain had Hong Kong and some other adjoining areas. Portuguese were satisfied with Macao with the decline of European occupying powers after first world war, independence movements got momentum. Thus during the period between 1919 end of second world war in 1945, independence movements in India and China got intensified. In India the movement was mainly peaceful and non-violent under Gandhi’s leadership while in China it was violent and aggressive under communists’ leadership of Mao Tse Tung. Though India, too, fought for independence under Subhash Bose and his INA, first with the help of Germany then with the assistance of Japan mainly from Singapore.

In brief these were historic relations between India and China till India own independence in 1947 and China under Mao Tse Tung’s long march changed whole of China in 1949 despite American support to their puppet Chiang Kai Shek who flew from mainland. India had to fight to turn out Portuguese from Goa while French, who had occupied Pondichery left peacefully.

Difference between India and China, who were peaceful neighbours from times commercial started when China occupied Tibet, which was Buddhist and not communist by farce to incorporate it with mainland China. Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama with hundreds of followers crossed into India. As a reaction China invaded north east India in 1962 through this area was part of India since British Times as McMahan Line This uncalled for China’s aggression created distrust Between India and China which exists to this day. Till 1962 war India & China were Bhai-Bhai. India and China thus became rivals, instead of being friends as throughout thousands of years. They became hostile neighbours. But from time to time friendship between the two Asian superpowers became evident during Chau-En-Lais visit to India and reciprocal visit by Indian leaders.

Recent visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiahas is significant as it was after a couple of weeks after President Obama visit and a few days after French President Sarkozy’s visit. Thus it is worth to consider implications of this parried visit to India and just immediately after that to Pakistan. Chen’s visits to India and Pakistan ended within 4-5 days on 18th December 2010. In India he could not address the Parliament but had detailed meetings with Indian PM and senior Ministers. There were quire a few Memos of understand between two countries concluding with an agreement of trade and economic cooperation of US 16 billion dollars as both USA and France had signed similar agreements of trade and cooperation. Chinese PM got reception matching with that India gave to French PM though Obama’s visit being prolonged, he could attend many meetings along with his wife in Mumbai and Delhi.

Though India feared that Chen will mention about Kashmir and its solution through UN intervention but Chen maintained discreet silence on the Kashmir and so did India reciprocate without highlighting issue of Tibet. Though as reaching Pakistan from Delhi itself Chen Hien Jiahoo Chinese Premier addressed joint session of Pakistani Parliament after getting very warm reception as Pakistan and China had no disputes. In Pakistan, to, Chen remained silent about Kashmir so as not to provoke India to mention Tibet. In Pakistan Chen signed a deal like that of one in India of equivalent to US 36 billion dollars to strengthen friendship with Pakistan. This deal was more than double that he had signed with India.

India and China are superpowers of Asia in all fields like trade, defence and status in the world amongst top five nations. Chen also realised that soon India, like China, may become a permanent member of UN Security Council. Moreover in November 2010 Indian External Affairs Minister at agricultural tripartite conference of India, China and Russia in Wuhan attended by foreign ministers, S.M. Krishna foreign minister of India that Kashmir and Tibet are sensitive issues for both India and China. Thus Premier Chen in India or Pakistan did not mention Kashmir at all. Moreover Chinese Prime Minister wanted to visit India as three permanent members of UN Security Council had already visited India to strengthen friendship and cooperation and the fourth member Russia was to visit within a few days, not to be left behind as the member Chen expedited his visit before that of Russian President Dimitry Medvided. All the five permanent members of UN Security Council visiting India in Nov-Dec 2010 boosts India’s status as ‘India shining’ and likely to 6th permanent member of UN Security Council.

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments