We are yet to understand the savage ways of China. By trusting every hostile nation and considering them as a friend has been an all-time diplomatic blunder for India. Be it Kargil or “Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai”. The bloodiest day in decades has just passed with China stabbed India in the back yet again.
Things were “under control” according to the government till Monday night! The Indian government is yet to disclose, how far did China intrude into Indian territory. There are unconfirmed reports that China also lost their men during the clash. But, is there any appealing proof to hold the claim? What’s the point in claiming retaliation if it is not acknowledged?
China is also said to have used thermal imaging drones to trace the Indian Army soldiers scattered on the treacherous terrain before brutally attacking them.
FAILED TACTICS & BEING DEFENSIVE
New Delhi has chosen to stay at the defensive pole during the Galwan standoff from the beginning, unlike Doklam. Indian army has been trying to push off PLA back to LAC to their initial points. India could have intruded to any other point in LAC, in order to claim a chunk of land so that India could get to a negotiating position. And diffuse the entire problem by a quid pro quo manner. Instead, India expected the Chinese to retreat back as a peace gesture over a bottle of rum!
The government must take a stand rather than being desperate to save the face by sacrificing national interests and other strategic positions.
The might, Indian leadership’s shown when it’s a tussle with Pakistan is enormous and unfortunately, it’s absent in the case of China. India needs to talk the talk and walk the walk with all neighboring countries and not just the weaker ones. If India cannot prove the point to China, what’s the point in owning billion-dollar armed forces?
Neither war is a solution nor productive for either side. We will appreciate if New Delhi is planning to resolve the situation without further escalation, But for how long? Is there any guarantee that China won’t intrude further in the future and claim the entire Jammu & Kashmir or Arunachal Pradesh?
THE WAY FORWARD
India has plenty of options to irk the dragon. From Uighurs to Hongkong, and South China sea to Tibet, India just has to pick it up accordingly. The revered Dalai Lama is nowhere in the picture. India should play the Tibetan card by using Dalai Lama and we should consider seeing him as the head of Tibet. Because of some unknown reasons, Indian policymakers are reluctant to go offensive with China!
Even after understanding that China supporting Pakistan’s claims in POK, India keeps forgetting to mention Uighurs occasionally. The way PLA trapped the Indian patrolling party in the Galwan region is condemnable and highly unprofessional. If India let it go for whatever reason, this would be an embarrassment for the entire armed force.
As China claims the Galwan region, a temporary de-escalation won’t get us anywhere. If we accept the status quo, China will intrude further and claim more of our land.
THE FAR-FETCHED CHINESE BOYCOTT
The decade long so-called Chinese goods boycott is another inconceivable mountain where we want to climb but are not ready to walk on! Every Indian market is filled with made in China products, be it electronics or clothes. While our Make in India is nowhere near to reality, how could we boycott cheap Chinese products? We need a systematic solution to wean ourselves off the Chinese Products
China offers cheap products that are very much applicable to Indian ‘Jugaad’. Without being self-reliant and ramping up manufacturing of anything and everything, India cannot charge against the Chinese might! We have a huge market. Unfortunately, the Chinese are utilizing the market better than ourselves.
Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) released a list of over 450 broad categories of products made in China that will be boycotted by the (CAIT) over “continued border skirmishes”. This is a step in the right direction.