Attacking Dragon, Sleeping Tiger

Uncle Chang: Ready to utilize the Great Indian Election and the melodramatic events occuring day by day. One is young full of energy …educated …well travelled. Over 42 yrs of age he is given title like Amul Baby. Another is Python, his coil has already killed 2000 people, still he is free of charge. This python is trying to become Anaconda. His lethal coil is dangerous for this nation. A Nathuram Ghodsé would be next to appear.

The Chinese army has brazenly set up a post, 19km inside what we believe is the Line of Actual Control in the Ladakh region of India. Apart from homilies and other meek statements, including the unbelievable — the incursion is localised — India has been able to do precious little, even as China put salt on our wounds by teasing us further by having its choppers fly over our air space in the Chumar region, south east of Leh.

Why is it that 51 years after eating crow vis-a-vis the Chinese, we still can’t get our act together and the dragon makes the tiger look like a mute kitten?

While they have invested in infrastructure all around, including heavily into the areas that adjoin India so that their strategic interests are served well, we have pussy footed. I was in Tibet a decade ago and saw how they had built world-class highways going east to west even then, facilitating easy deployment of forces if need be. In contrast, our roads move north to south, so even a fractional change in longitudinal location means we need to head south first, change track and then move north again. This is like fighting an enemy that is already superior in terms of equipment, with both your hands tied.

They have, for example, built an all-weather road in the Lipu Lekh pass region, which is an important point where the annual Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage passes, while on our side it is an 80km trudge from the nearest road head through some of the most inhospitable terrain known. This is repeated at the Demchok sector where the Chinese have built roads, bridges, communications systems and all else. Similarly, on the Milam glacier, the Chinese army smiles, almost in pity, at our soldiers as they trudge 4 days with all their supplies on their backpack to get to the border while they arrive in jeeps and trucks. This list can go on and even the residents in the area feel better taken care of by the Chinese. In the Chushul sector near the Pangong Tso (lake), for example, while they have continuous power supply, our side of the border has to make do with erratic and feeble solar power alone.

China is still a mystery. They have media too, but they are censored; no media house can dare to go for a sting operation… Their growth is record-breaking as those little comic characters have political stability. Comparatively, they are free of leg-pullings, blame games …and no Afzal Guru, Kasab, Yasin Malik, LeT, JeM, RSS disturb them. No strike, no rail roko, no road blockage, no baba ramdev… And no Modi come to allure there, no dispute …No Mandir No Masjid. Above all they are not kind and soft state like us. They don’t shot terrorists in their head for instant death. They shot 4 rounds, two in arms and two on knees and leave them to feel extreme pain until death due to bleeding. Their brutality is their saviour.

It was only in June 2012 that the government finally made some moves and the ministry of home sanctioned Rs.1,934 crore to build 804km of strategic roads to support Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s operational movement along the border, both in the Eastern and the Western sector. And what do the Chinese do just as this project picks up pace? Intrude into our territory, warn us to stop work and pitch a post deep inside our territory, even as they have gone about building infrastructure on their side of the fence in a determined fashion.

Just over a decade and a half ago, China was as much of a Third World nation as we were. But somewhere along the line, they decided that they have to change that perception and then moved to change it. We too decided we must make our moves, but our moves barely went beyond lip service. A lot of people will say: China is authoritarian and we are a democracy, so the pace will vary. Very true, but to attribute the contrast to this alone is being stupid. The real reason is our dwindling belief in self, dwindling values, selfish politicking, unimaginable corruption in infrastructure projects and above all, absence of any leadership and governance.

China invested in building what is good for the economy, while we were content with getting certificates from world powers that egged us on, for it suited their own geo-eco-political game. All of it is coming to a head now.

So, while China grew its economy, ensuring its infrastructure kept pace, almost ahead of needs, we have been miserable in even trying to play catch up. And when infrastructure fails, all else slows down too, and the downward spiralling effect is dramatic, making the government lose confidence in itself. When the government is weak and inept, the political class that even at the best of times has little stake in real nation-building, takes you for a ride. All this is bound to accentuate now as with the elections expected to be flavour of quite some time to come, expecting a sane statement or a policy announcement or a reaction will be increasingly difficult.

All in all, instead of being a superpower, as we have often been told we are, combination of a number of issues has turned us into a nation that cannot even control and keep in check smaller neighbours who should have been in awe of us. No wonder, for the rest of the world, as I said in last blog, while China is a story, we are a mere comma, if at all.

Almost 90pc of Indian population know this MF. He has become the Face Cover of 2002 Gujarat Massacre. This impotent is no where now, despite having clear evidence he is out of reach. State backed massacre pushed the country back and consequently China is on our heads. Narendra Modi is responsible of this situation.

In the end, read the following point to understand how our policy vis a vis China has been consistently week and without any coherent strategy:

-The Chinese think big, we don’t.

-I’m Indian, I love mediocrity.

-Laugh off Obama’s comment on China’s role in South Asia.

-Don’t fuss over Pak, but fuss like crazy over China.

-Being a democracy, we care for the common man; China doesn’t.

-We love to see our PM, CM, MP, MLA who belong to our own caste, community and region. China doesn’t allow options.

-We have a Sachin Tendulkar and a MS Dhoni; Can you suggest a name of Chinese Cricket Team ? …Oops I jusk asked, Google Uncle says Chinese cricketers play in underground stadium.

-Rahul is so cute. I don’t want him to lose his facial charm for politics. And he so young to be a PM, our PM must be an octogenerian.

-China has no sense of dimples our Rahul sports.

-We buy cheap Chinese cell phone and use it for making fun of their limited features. China Mobile tops the list of service providers.

-We can spend our time, watching Gayle 175 in IPL when Chinese are busy in hacking servers of Babha Atomic Center, ISRO, DRDO, IB, RAW . . .How stupid these near-sighted comical Chinese.

-And yes, we have a Narendra Modi kinda lethal weapon, who can kill thousands of people without moving even his finger.

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About Shabab Khan

A Journalist, Philanthropist; Author of 'The Magician', 'Go!', 'Brutal'. Being a passionate writer, I am into Journalism and writing columns, news stories, articles for top media houses. Twitter Handle:@khantastix
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