Ripe for the picking by Li Keqiang?

One quails at the thought of the Indian government desperately angling for resolution of the border dispute as a “strategic objective”. This incomprehensible desperation — what is it about and WHY? Could it be that the Manmohan Singh-Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party regime means to give the national security edifice it has weakened over the last decade one last dhakka (push) to topple it? — signals Beijing that New Delhi may be ripe for the picking. A peace accord may ensue that will be at the expense of India’s security as has been the case with all the agreements signed with China that the Chinese PLA has just as routinely violated with impunity over the years. The Depsang Bulge incident being only the latest such outrage.

Any compromising of the principle of ‘mutual and equal security’ clearly enunciated and established by the 1993 Agreement on “confidence building measures in the military field” cannot be tolerated. Li Kegiang should be asked to tell the PLA to show good faith before China can expect some movement on an accord promising enduring peace between the two Asian giants.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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4 Responses to Ripe for the picking by Li Keqiang?

  1. RK Anuj says:

    Wonder what in the last decade has weakened India’s national security edifice, something that strategists of a certain shade have been alluding to obliquely without any legitimate arguments to bolster their cynical claim? And wonder what any past govt, claims to strong nationalist leadership notwithstanding, did better? And wonder why the very same strategists were crying themselves hoarse at the peak of the Depsang crisis for a final resolution to the dispute but now attempt to colour similar moves as desperation?
    That any resolution should not be a debilitating compromise is indisputable.

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  3. B.G.Shivakumar says:

    I agree with Bharat. I don’t understand why we are desperate to resolve the issue. The way I would have dealt with it would have been to fire some shots and take the soldiers prisoners if we could and then negotiate. Pretending to not be bullied when you are being bullied is the most awkward of things and that is what the UPA government has put us through. Losing a military confrontation is less humiliating than pretending we are not being bullied when we are actually being bullied.

    • RK Anuj says:

      True. The catch phrase in your arguement is, ” if we could”!! In the real world you don’t just fire a few shots and take prisoners! They retaliate. And it becomes escalatory there onwards. The end result of such immaturish acts is a “war”! Do you want that? Well, you may, just like @BK suggests all the time, but then, go figure where the next meal will come from! You will certainly find yours as our internet enabled community needn’t fear today, but think of the millions BPL that we cry hoarse about in other fora!

      But then, to be honest, if you really read the history, uncoloured by the biases of strategists of a certain ilk, you may appreciate better this bullying business that our air- conditioned, armchair jingoists will have us believe! Who is bullying whom is probably better known to that soldier who stands up to and stares down the threat; pathetic, politically motivated strategists notwithstanding!

      62′ was another era, the world including India & China have moved on since then. And none knows it better than the two. The only folks still caught up in a time warp are those who got so deeply scarred that they can think no more. Look around, India has grown beyond its colonial past and faces the world with dignity which doesn’t need to cower at every adversarial move!

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