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Why must India kow-tow to China?

April 20, 2008

Francois Gautier
Rediff, April 18, 2008

For 60 years, China has humiliated India at every step. It betrayed
Jawaharlal Nehru's naive trust in a Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai friendship. It
treacherously attacked India from Tibet which Nehru had implicitly left
to the Chinese, humiliating the Indian army which would take decades to
recover.

It directly or indirectly encouraged separatist movements in the
Northeast; it used Nepal as a front State against India; it armed, and
worst of all, gave the nuclear bomb to Pakistan, a crime against humanity.

Today it is still sitting on a million square metres in Aksai Chin
(supposedly given to Pakistan), which rightfully belongs to India; it
claims Arunachal Pradesh, and sometimes Sikkim, does regular incursions
into Indian territory and is still busy encircling India in Burma.

The Chinese despise Indians, witness how they summoned the Indian
ambassador at 2 am in the morning as if she was some lower hireling.

Indian leaders are also perfectly aware that the Chinese, in a span of
fifty years, have killed 1.2 million Tibetans, razed to the ground 6,254
monasteries, destroyed 60 per cent of religious, historical and cultural
archives and that one Tibetan out of ten is still in jail.

As we have entered the Third Millennium, a quarter million Chinese
troops are occupying Tibet and there are 7.5 million Chinese settlers
for six million Tibetans -- in fact, in many places such as the capital,
Lhasa, Tibetans are outnumbered two to one...

India has also to wake up to the plain fact that China needs space and
has hegemonic aspirations: It got Tibet, it got Hong Kong, it got part
of Ladakh; now it wants Taiwan, Arunachal Pradesh, the Spratly islands
and what not!

Fifty years ago, during the Korean war, Sri Aurobindo, had seen clearly
in the Chinese game: 'the first move in the Chinese Communist plan of
campaign is to dominate and take possession first of these northern
parts and then of South East Asia as a preliminary to their manoeuvres
with regard to the rest of the continent in passing Tibet as a gate
opening to India.'

And magically, for once, India had a chance to get back at China without
appearing to do so. It would have been easy to have a little less
security for the Olympic torch and let the Tibetans express their anger
and resentment in a way that would have once more been flashed all over
the world.

Yet, India did exactly the opposite: It went overboard to please the
Chinese, giving more security to this sham that was the Olympic relay in
New Delhi than it does for Republic Day.

Did anybody see the utter farcical absurdity of this flame, which slept
in a five star hotel, had to be guarded by 17,000 security men and ran
without spectators, creating unheard off problems for the poor citizen
caught in traffic jams?

Is there any peace, is there any sporting and Olympic spirit in such a
flame which has become the symbol of Chinese repression, arrogance and
thirst for domination in Asia?

Tibet is so important for India: It has always acted as a peaceful,
non-violent buffer zone between the two giants of Asia: China and India.
And the Dalai Lama wants it even more peaceful: A demilitarised,
denuclearised harmony region.

But it's exactly the opposite which has happened: According to the CIA,
China has transferred one third of its nuclear arsenal to Nagchuka, 250
kms away from Lhasa, a region full of huge caves, which the Chinese have
linked together by an intricate underground network and installed nearly
100 intercontinental ballistic missiles, many of them pointed at Indian
cities.

The reason for this is that the Chinese, who are probably among the most
intelligent people in the world, have always understood that India is
their number one potential enemy in Asia -- in military, nuclear and
economic terms.

Today India is encircled by hostile neighbours, from Pakistan to
Bangladesh, from Chinese-occupied Tibet, to a Maoist Nepal.

Never has India faced a darker hour whatever gurus say. Never has she
faced so many enemies at the same time -- and truly China is one of the
most dangerous ones. Yet India always bends backwards to please the Chinese.

Why is that so? Because the Indian intelligentsia, the secular
politicians, the journalists, top bureaucrats, are the descendants of
these Brown Sahibs, created by Macaulay more than 250 years ago.

The man who thought that all the historical information which can be
collected from all the books which have been written in the Sanskrit
language, is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry
abridgement used at preparatory schools in England, wished to make of
Indians a darker version of the British. He has been immensely
successful and has created a nation with a colonised mind.

Many of India's politicians, bureaucrats and journalists are always
aping the West, or are always worrying about what the West thinks of
them. They never think Indian, they have no idea about India's great
culture, philosophy and spirituality. Very few have read the Bhagavad
Gita, or understood that it encourages yoga in action and that sometimes
it is important to defend one's country, culture and borders, by force
if necessary.

They are no match for the Chinese, who are proud of themselves and their
nation and will use any means, open and covert, legal and foul, to
foster their dream of a Greater China. The Olympics are just such a tool
for them.
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