My New Letter Series – Dear Young Indian, A Serious Look At India From The West!!!

Where India tended to turn a blind eye to these incursions, they now started to take a hard look and retaliate

Where India tended to turn a blind eye to these incursions, they now started to take a hard look and retaliate
Where India tended to turn a blind eye to these incursions, they now started to take a hard look and retaliate

Dear Young Indian,

15 years after the British decided to leave India, India’s neighbors, from the north, decided they wanted a piece of India. The Indian leadership was caught napping! The self-nominated Prime Minister didn’t expect China to move into India! China!! After all this self-nominated PM had done for China, like sacrificing the Security Council seat so China could plunk itself in there! As an aside, it’s the very same China that has blocked India’s candidature to the Security Council, but more of that later. History books, not the ones that are studied at school, show that the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai visited India and signed ‘Panchsheel’, a pact for peaceful relations between the two countries. It is also obvious that he regarded that document as an equivalent to toilet paper as he disregarded that document when he openly proved to be an aggressor. It is also said, that the self-appointed Indian Prime Minister, openly pointed to his bald head after removing his cap and said Aksai Chin was like his bald head: “Barren useless land”. It is very obvious what his thoughts were: callousness to his land.

India lost a significant amount of land in the war, but more importantly, matured as a nation. The naïveté that existed in the leadership of Nehru was exposed. Nehru himself is supposed to have said, “I didn’t expect Zhou Enlai to do this!” The war lasted 31 days and India, expectedly, lost the war. Was this an expected incursion from the Chinese forces, or was this completely unexpected? Some, like Kuldip Nayyar, would have people believe that this was suspected but ignored by the administration. After all, Aksai Chin existed before ’62 and China had always coveted it. Others were of the opinion, that this was out of the left field. After all, India had made every attempt to be friendly with China and had never seen, till then, any animosity from them.

There was another attempted incursion into Indian territory back in 1967. This was successfully thwarted by the Indian security forces. Since then, there have been several attempts that have always been thwarted; however, it does seem these incursions into Indian territory were more to gauge Indian response than anything else. Till a few years ago, when Doklam happened, this kind of incursion always ended up with India giving up some of its territories, the two sides then having flag meetings, and the Chinese seemingly satisfied, albeit temporarily! Well, not anymore! The new Sherriff in town has new rules that he plays by! Where flag meetings were the norm of the day, they now became a thing of the past. Where India tended to turn a blind eye to these incursions, they now started to take a hard look and retaliate. Not something China, or for that matter Pakistan, expected.

Just for a minute (maybe less), take the case of Pakistan. Earlier Indian governments used to send dossiers, to their Pakistan counterparts, with the details of terror attacks, on Indian soil involving Pakistani jihadis. These dossiers probably ended up with all other dossiers, in a pile on the floor of some clerk’s office, if not the trash can! The new Sheriff in town doesn’t seem to believe in dossiers. He believes more in doses.

China should probably have talked to Pakistan. However, they didn’t and that may have been their undoing. Where previous governments had put a leash on the Armed Forces, the new Sheriff took all leashes off. As a net result, Chinese troops, so used to non-responses from earlier Indian forces, were shocked to see brutal retaliation from the Indian soldiers. India lost around 30 soldiers, per sources. Apparently, Chinese troops, according to the same sources, numbering around 60, were killed, too. Remember, all this with no guns nor arms! Death by breaking the necks of the intruding soldiers!! In the aftermath of the Galwan Valley face-off, many countries decided to side up with India, starting with the USA, Japan, Israel, the Philippines, Australia, South Korea, and many more. How does this affect China?

When the Indian government banned 59 apps of Chinese origin, this was not a token protest from the Indian government. It showed extreme intelligence from the center. What better way to hurt another country than economically!! China was making upwards of $15 million per month, just from India, from the Tiktok application alone! Factor in one fiscal quarter, after India banned the app, the CCP was losing nearly $60 million! In addition to Tiktok, the Indian government banned 58 other apps. Taking a conservative $2 million per month in sales, that was $116 million per month or $464 million in a fiscal quarter! Totally, China stood to lose nearly $500 million in revenue, definitely not pocket change!!! If one were to add the other countries that began to realize this strategy, China could end up losing over $5 billion and that’s not something China wants happening to their economy, EVER!!! Add to this the different organizations that are moving OUT of China to India, and the revenue multiplies to over $12 billion. We are definitely not talking pocket change but amounts that could define a country’s budget!

Pakistan has, till recently, been taking potshots at the Indian economy. This should be taken with a pinch of salt, as Pakistan’s economy is probably the ONLY economy in the world that runs, based on how much money they receive from the IMF and countries that pity this pathetic, failed country!! That this country would actually compare itself to India, is in itself a joke; that they actually think that 15-20 years ago, their economy was doing a lot better than India has to be either a self-goal or ignorance at its worst (remember their former PM, known more for his cricketing years and womanizing, actually thought Japan and Germany were neighbors! Honest truth!!).

China seems to cultivate friendships with countries that have been shunned by the global community. This is NOT out of any magnanimity, but to take over that country physically and politically, imposing their will on the local populace. They did this with North Korea and Sri Lanka, even though Sri Lanka has never been shunned by the world; they’re on their way to doing this with Nepal and Pakistan. While it does look like they’re trying to surround India, rest assured this will not happen. India has taken measures to put its bases around Asia and friends, like Israel, Australia, Japan and other countries have ensured India’s interests are never forsaken.

Asia has always been a mystery to the west. People have come to believe that this is what is alluring about the region, its mysterious nature. However, the mystery that surrounds the politics in Asia shows a lack of maturity and trust in its own beliefs and ideology. Case in point, the Communists in India crying “Modi has caused the death of democratic values” is probably the biggest joke! This hasn’t happened, but let’s humor this clueless party!! Shouldn’t they be lauding the PM rather than lamenting? After all, the Communists DO NOT believe in democratic values, or have these people forgotten this basic difference? When Pinarayi Vijayan, Communist Party Leader and Chief Minister of Kerala, had to travel to New York to get treated for the common cold and not his ideological mentors, China (Beijing), it showed how little confidence they had in their own ideological mentors!!!

Be that as it may, situations have changed and a meek country has now gained confidence in itself. May God help those that believe they can come in and take what is NOT theirs. Indian forces are capable enough that they WILL destroy any such attempts. Years of being invaded have given Indians mental toughness, something that was surprisingly missing back in 1962.

Maybe it was the person in charge, at the time, and not the people of the country. One thing is for certain, however. The Indian people have grown up and are now screaming from their roof-tops, “There’s 60 years between 62 & 22, buddy! We are not letting you get off that easily this time around!!”

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Kumar Sridhar is a full time IT professional who is also a blogger,columnist and an avid sports fan! He lives with his family in New Jersey, USA.

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