Predictably, at the first sign of China’s displeasure, the “56-inch chested” Narendra Modi government caved in and withdrew the visa it had issued in Germany to the Uyghur dissident Dolkun Issa to attend a democracy conference in Dharamsala, involving also the Tibetan-government-in-Exile. It is a development that reveals the extent of fear and cowardice informing India’s China policy and the depths to which it is prepared to go to please the Xi-dispensation. In an interview that presaged his callow treatment — http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/NewsDetail/index/1/7504/I-Am-Not-Masood-Azhar-Says-Chinese-Dissident-Isa-As-India-Comes-Under-Chinese-Pressure,
Issa actually indicated the escape route New Delhi had kept open for itself in case Beijing reacted badly.
Issa said he couldn’t risk coming to India to attend the conference if he wasn’t provided full security because, he implied, Chinese assassins would eliminate him on Indian soil. The Indian government’s formal position could be that promise of security did not automatically follow on the issual of a visa to Issa. But because it was not sure Issa would be deterred from flying into New Delhi, it wouldn’t take that chance, whence the cancellation of the Issa visa.
This is among the most self-degrading stomach-churning kowtows New Delhi has affected in many years, a craven diplomatic back-pedaling on the Issa visa issue that has handed Beijing a political victory on a platter, and shown Asian countries who is boss. So much for NSA Ajit Doval and MEA Minister Shushma Swaraj’s finger wagging at China’s successful move in the UN to shield the Pakistan Army-protected terrorist chieftain, Mahmood Azar, from being designated a terrorist and put on the Interpol watch list. A watch list, ironically, China claims Issa is on and India should respect (by arresting him on his arrival)!
Tibet and Xinjiang are terribly oppressed by China, the PLA acting as brutal occupation forces in the last 60 some years. The brutalization of the Tibetan and Uyghurian natives in Tibet and Xinjiang respectively are instances of “cultural genocide” the world has not taken notice of. India is directly affected by the dissidence in these Chinese-occupied lands but shows so little appetite for a fight — even as New Delhi is always ready to flex its muscle and its mouth when it comes to a piddling Pakistan, that India is repeatedly shown up for the proverbial 110-pound weakling it is. It also reveals India’s real standing in the world.
It is becoming harder and harder to take Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “nationalist” professions/pretensions seriously. What is evident is that the Modi government when not bending to the US will, is kowtowing to China in abject submission. My longtime advocacy to payback China in the same card as it has deliberately disadvantaged India — by nuclear missile arming Vietnam and Philippines (in return for Beijing’s missile arming Pakistan), and aggressive activation of the Tibetan freedom and Uyghur secessionist cards by assisting armed Tibetan and Uyghur freedom fighters in exchange for China’s sustaining secessionist movements/rebellions in the Indian northeast, has thus hit a road block from the one source that this analyst had not anticipated. Whatever Modi’s Gujrati petty trader instincts for compromise in any and all situations, this prompt and willing surrender to China was not expected.
Trust the Indian government to lie down and let China walk all over India. Indians better get used to our country being the rag on the floor for every big country to step on and soil.