Thanks to Chinese recent incursions into Indian territory for letting the Aam Aadmi know that China can send much more into India than cheaper toys and dustbins. A recent report by National Security Advisory Board submitted to PM of India reveals that China has occupied around 640 Sq Km of Indian land in Ladakh. This is the land which Indians could patrol few months ago but not now after China PLA has dictated the new patrol limits for Indian security forces.
Unfortunate part is that even now after such daring acts by Chinese, India’s awareness about its most dangerous enemy remains at the disposal of media that can anytime switch gears to Salman-Shahrukh rivalry or Asaram to help people forget the existential threat.
Yes, India is soft. Let’s admit it. This softness is deeply rooted in our psyche. We carry this flabbiness in our genes. Muhammad Ghori invaded India in 1191 AD when Prithviraj Chauhan crushed his army in Tarain. But former was pardoned in lines with the ‘great Indian tradition of forgiveness’. And the very next year Ghori’s army was ruining Delhi, killing men, raping women, after Chauhan was defeated in second battle. But this time things were different. Chauhan’s head was hanging in the streets of Ghazna after he was butchered by Ghori’s men who knew nothing like forgiveness.
Hindis (Indians), in Mughal emperor Babur’s words, were- ‘Masters of sword, idiots in strategy’. [Baburnama] Babur was pointing to the strange practices of Indians followed in wars, viz. not fighting in nights, not using deception (Kutneeti) and pardoning enemies. And he summed this up well. Sadly Babur’s words befit our national/individual character even today. What disturbs me most is the fact that a nation facing invasions, massacres and aggressions by outsiders for well above 1500 Years seems as clueless as it was at the time of first invasion in 710 AD by Arab armies.
Can we do something now about this disease of being ‘gentle’ when situations demand mettle? Yes, we can and we will. But for that we need to understand root causes of our troubles that need to be exterminated.
To get a solution you need to accept that there is a problem
We kept chanting Mazhab nahi sikhata aapas mein bair rakhna (religion does not teach you hatred) and suddenly one day this country was cut into pieces in the name of religion. What went wrong? We could not differentiate between our wish and reality. Strategies are formulated on the basis of reality. Wishes are made in prayers. We tend to mingle the two and get into trouble every time. We keep denying the existence of issues and suddenly one day when issues get too big to deal with, what do we do? Well, we don’t have much to do then, it’s the issues do to us what they want. China stabbed us in back when we were dancing to the songs of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai. We wished China to be our Brother and we made it our policy. Ordnance factories in India were being closed down as friendship gesture when China recognized us correctly as bunch of idiots without any preparation. And rest is history.
We keep running away from tough questions and realities. We believe that recognition of an issue is a violation of someone’s rights. We refused to declare Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his Muslim League goons as terrorists till the end. And one day he declared Direct Action under which his men killed and raped innumerable innocents and broke this country into three. The then leaders were calling these goons ‘our own brothers’. Clearly, we lack guts to call spade a spade. We might have been doing this to avoid conflicts in history but now it has become our character. It takes spine to call the wrong wrong and stand up to wrong. It takes courage to admit that there is an issue.
We only react. We never act
Muhammad Bin Qasim fought Indians. Battlefield- Sind, India.
Mehmoud of Ghazna fought Indians. Battlefields- Lahore and Gujarat, India.
Muhammad Ghori fought Indians. Battlefield- Punjab, India.
Bakhtiyar Khilji fought Indians. Battlefield- Nalanda, India.
Taimur fought Indians. Battlefield- Delhi, India.
Babur fought Indians. Battlefields- Bajaud, Swat, Panipat, India.
Akbar fought Indians. Battlefield- Haldighati, India.
Aurangzeb fought Indians. Battlefield- India.
Ahmadshah Abdali fought Indians. Battlefield- Amritsar, India.
British fought Indians. Battlefield- India.
India was broken into pieces in 1947.
Pakistan fought Indians in 1948. Battlefield- Kashmir, India.
China fought Indians in 1962. Battlefields- Aksai Chin, Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Pakistan fought Indians in 1965, 1971 and 1999. Battlefields- Punjab, Rajasthan, Kashmir, India.
Could you find out the common entity in all above wars? It is the battleground- India. Invaders used to plot invasions, launch massive military campaigns and enter into our territory. And what were we doing? Where was our intelligence? Why could not we forecast these invasions so that we could get ourselves prepared? Bitter reality is that we were completely unaware of international dynamics. We were too naïve to predict the behavior of power. We upheld the flag of war ethics foolishly while fighting barbarians. Instead of smashing their heads in war, we kept forgiving them, sometimes because of sunset and sometimes because they were unarmed.
We feel pride in the fact that we did not invade any land. But why didn’t we destroy the Ghazna and Ghor that were the launching pads for the repeated aggressions against our country? Why aren’t we now destroying terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir? What stops us from being preemptive and engaging the threat well outside our borders before it could destroy us? The same softness and foolishness of not striking first continues to prevail in our psyche. But we can’t afford to be soft anymore because
War is going on
Gone are the days when wars used to start and end. This is the era of unseen, low intensity and continuous wars that are waged in silent and cold manner so that the enemy keeps living in the delusion of peace and peace talks. And by the time he knows your plots, its too late. Pakistan’s proxy war in Kashmir and different parts of India has claimed around 80 thousand civilian and military lives since 1989. This number is much greater than the total Indian sacrifices in all 5 wars it has fought till date post independence put together. This is what a Pakistani Gen Zia Ul Haq dreamt of- to bleed India to death through thousand cuts. And he succeeded in bleeding us with thousand cuts.
Sad part is that we Indians continue to remain in fool’s paradise believing that there is no war. Some Indian intellectuals and fantasy writers having no understanding of serious issues keep blabbering of ‘uninterrupted and uninterruptable’ dialogues with Pakistan. While these wisecrackers try to convince Indian think tank on how civilian government in Pakistan wants peace with India, Brother of Pakistan’s PM, CM of Punjab allocates funds for Jamat ud Dawa- terrorist organization led by Hafiz Saeed, prime perpetrator of Mumbai 26/11 attacks. So on one hand Pakistan Army keeps killing our soldiers in Kashmir, the ISI keeps orchestrating deadly terror attacks inside India and on the other hand, Indians are lured with rhetoric of normalizing relations and people to people contact by Pakistan civilian leadership. And in all this, gullible Indians get fooled and fooled.
Our situation with China is even worse. By the way, Pakistan’s terror factory is an extension of China’s foreign policy to weaken India so that it can never pose challenge to China’s regional supremacy. China supplied nuclear weapons to Pakistan to threaten India from both sides. If one wonders why India did not crush Pakistan after 26/11 or Parliament attack in 2001, it was because of Pakistan’s nuclear program masterminded by China. Now that China has equipped Pakistan with the deadly weapons, both can bleed India with million cuts simultaneously without expecting severe retaliation given India’s soft approach.
And this is no coincidence that tensions on both eastern and western Indian borders are ratcheting up now. Pakistan is carrying out beheadings of our soldiers on LOC whereas China is playing mind games by doing incursions here and there at LAC. China is testing our nerves. Escalating tensions at multiple borders with two nuclear armed enemies is a game being played with India. Purpose is to further soften India, create havoc in common masses and to increase the cost of occupation and securing borders for India to a level where the economy collapses and India disintegrates. But what is our preparation? How are we responding? We are responding by
Hiding our weaknesses in the guise of diplomacy
After 26/11, decapitation of our soldier and recent killings of 5 Jawans at LOC when people demanded tough action against Pakistan, political leaders came out and said that mature nations respond in mature manner. All diplomatic options are open and blah blah. I don’t know which mature nation lets its people and soldiers get killed in such brutal manner in first place. We have named our inability, weakness and softness as diplomacy collectively. There is not even a single year between 2000 and 2013 in which there was no major attack by Pakistani terrorists in India. Have a look-
In 1993- Mumbai Blasts- 257 killed, 1996- Brahmaputra Train Bombing- 33 killed, 1998- Coimbatore blasts- 58 killed, 2000- Terrorists attack on Red Fort- 3 killed, 2001- J&K assembly attack- 38 killed, 2001- Indian parliament attacked- 7 killed, 2002- Akshardham attack- 31 killed, 2003- Mumbai bombings- 90 killed, 2005- Delhi bombing- 70 killed, 2006- Varansai blasts- 21 killed, 2006- Mumbai train blasts- 209 killed, 2007- Hyderabad blasts- 42 killed, 2007- Varanasi, Faizabad blasts- 16 killed, 2008- CRPF camp attack in Rampur- 8 killed, 2008- Jaipur blasts- 63 killed, 2008- Ahmedabad blasts- 29 killed, 2008- Delhi bombings- 21 killed, 2008- 26/11 Mumbai attacks- 239 killed, 2009- Assam bombings- 13 killed, 2010- Pune blasts- 17 killed, 2011- Mumbai bombings- 26 killed, 2011- Delhi bombings- 12 killed, 2013- Hyderabad blasts- 16 killed, 2013- Srinagar attack- 7 killed, 2013- Bangalore blasts- 16 killed.
Diplomacy? Who are we fooling? Diplomacy that cannot defend its people and soldiers inside their own country is waste of time. True diplomacy lies in building covert and overt capabilities to be able to strike the enemy hard so that he knows the price of an Indian’s life. All those planning to bleed us to death through thousand cuts must be sent a message through our preparations that India can bleed them through ten thousand cuts. This has to be the prime goal and direction of our diplomacy. For that we need unprecedented preparations. And we need to recognize our real enemy.
China not Pakistan the real threat
Watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW_9ZEO5y7I This is quite shocking and horrifying. It has no bloodshed or brutality but it is still more devastating. Few notable things in the video
1. Chinese soldiers came inside the Indian territory
2. Indian soldiers were there while all this happened
3. Indians trying to ‘calm down’ Chinese who are running here and there like kids
4. Different face expressions of Chinese soldiers- some were laughing, some were angry, some were joking and some seemed drunk
5. Indians shouting- ‘Take it easy’, ‘calm down’
6. Indians trying to bring situation under control by hugging Chinese and requesting them not to do this
7. Silent guns on the shoulders of Indians
8. Chinese went back after that
So this is how Indian soldiers are asked to deal with Chinese on borders. A soldier that is trained to look into enemy’s eyes and cast terror in his heart, soldier that is trained to take lives in the blink of an eye is forced to hug enemies to avoid conflict. This is biggest defeat of a soldier’s and an army’s morale. This is the war of minds China has been playing with us all along.
Unpredictable activities by them at LAC that seem silly at times (like this one) to which we have no definite response are happening too often these days. And there is a purpose behind this. Incursions into our land followed by pullbacks, smiling and angry faces of their soldiers at the same time, jokes and daring at the same time speak volumes about their plans. Chinese want to establish themselves as the unpredictable force and an unreadable mind. Message to India is clear, don’t mess with us. We keep kidding you on borders and all you can do is hugging our soldiers and begging us despite having guns on your shoulders.
Main reason why India can’t respond China in tougher tone is that it was preparing all along for an enemy that was only 1/5th its size that could be crushed at any day at any time. Pakistan has been engaging India in terrorist activities and insurgencies for last 65 years. Pakistan created so many troubles for us that it became no. one enemy of ours. Be it masses, media, intellectuals or strategic experts, Pakistan remained the center of talks and discourse. And while all this, we forgot China. I remind a story from Mahabharat in which two not so great warrior brothers from Kaurav Army were deployed only to engage Arjun and get him out of battlefield using tricks so that Kaurav Army giants could capture King Yudhishthir in his absence and win the war.
I can see a similar pattern here. Indian defense was engaged by Pakistan so that it could not prepare itself against the real mightier threat China. Pakistan is a mere vent through which India wastes its emotions, energies and preparations. And while we were busy beating Pakistanis back in wars and insurgencies, China kept building infrastructures in Kashmir and Arunachal along LAC. Now the gap of Indian and Chinese preparations in terms of diplomacy, infrastructures in crucial areas and firepower is immense. In such scenario, what a wishy-washy political establishment can best do is discuss trade and culture with Chinese delegations in New Delhi and leave vital issues of borders to army and successors to handle.
What to do?
Remember that number of enemies and chances of attacks on you are inversely proportional to your muscle size. Always prepare for war in peace time and pray for peace in all times! Thus the immediate steps to be taken are
- Equip defense forces with most advanced weaponry and surveillance
- Aggressive deployment of troops in sensitive strategic points
- Get prepared for a two front war on both Eastern and Western borders. Identify their soft underbellies and be ready to strike them hard in case an open war is inflicted on us. A prior calculation of all their possible military-strategic moves and our respective response is must to ensure that the mess of 1962 is not repeated.
- Raise infrastructure near LAC. Roads and airstrips need to be constructed keeping in mind the Chinese preparations. Special funds in budget be allocated for this. And a significant development in this needs to be done within a year’s time. Because once the US troops leave Afghanistan next year, a heavy wave of Jihadi terrorism will knock our doors in Kashmir. Our focus will again shift to our western borders in that case which will affect our preparations on China border.
- Take localites into confidence on disputes, make sure that they side with us in conflicts.
- Build national consensus over issues of national security.
- Support local people along the LAC in all possible ways. Schools, hospitals, community centers, jobs (especially army recruitments) should be made available for them in huge numbers in order to inculcate a sense of national pride in them so that Chinese claims on our people and territory be made irrelevant.
- Raise voice in UN on human rights issues in Tibet and Baluchistan.
- Raise voice for the freedom of expression and press for Chinese people.
- Help Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines in South China Sea against the interests of Chinese establishment so that we get in position to negotiate in Ladakh and Arunachal.
- More regular visits of PM and President up to borders of Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh touching China.
- Honor Dalai Lama every year for being voice of Tibetan people, it hurts Chinese establishment a lot.
- Make strategic pacts with US and Russia. Instead of being neutral and remaining isolated from big powers, let’s help them in their objectives and get help against Chinese aggression in return.
- Build strong intelligence networks and capabilities for covert actions inside the enemy territories.
- Create proxies in Pakistan and China to engage them in low intensity conflicts like they have done to us in Kashmir and North East India through Jihadi groups, Maoist, Naxal and Bodo insurgencies.
- Do everything to bring pro Indian anti Taliban government in Afghanistan post US troops withdrawal in 2014. If we fail in this, we have to pay heavy price in form of an unprecedented infiltration of Taliban Jihadis in Kashmir.
Kutaneeti is the need of the hour. World has changed and now is the time we change. We have to be one step ahead of adversaries. We have to do everything to thwart anti Indian designs. Let the world know that every inch of Indian Territory is non negotiable. If enemy is tough, we have to be tougher. If enemy is strong, we have to be lethal. If enemy starts a war, we have to end it. And in this, we have to be smart like Krishna who won every war with mind. Call it Kutaneeti or Krishna Neeti, this alone is Dharma today.