Read Shekhar Gupta’s article “Opportunity, Made in China” on the Indian Express today. He argues that we as a nation are senselessly worried about China’s so called aggression alongside the border. He says the Indian army is capable of safe guarding our borders.
“So what is different now? You can analyse the Chinese motivations for ever. In fact, analysing “why is China behaving this way” is a flourishing global industry and we can further swell its ranks while, probably, coming to the same conclusion after our exertions that everybody does, about the inscrutability of the Chinese. Why don’t we, therefore, examine for a change “why are we behaving this way”. Or rather, reacting/responding this way?”
“Yet, some of the talk on our side is curious: upgradation of airbases along the borders, stationing of Sukhois, raising two more mountain divisions, sanction of funds and, lo and behold, quick environmental clearance of road-building projects in the border region. What do we expect? That, if the Chinese really intend to invade us, will they give us five years to get ready? Or, for heaven’s sake, if they did indeed invade us, will they just walk in, and annex Tawang or whatever else? Neither of the two is an inevitability or even likely. Our armed forces are good enough today to defend their territory and, while capability upgradations are needed, the flurry of activity today is not much preparation of some future invasion, but to make up for lost years in our military modernisation.”
Shekhar says in the articel…
“An analysis of our own minds may show that the answer to our fears does not just lie in modernising more air bases or checking out the fortification of our forward defences and the quality of our bunkers. That we should do — and should have been doing — anyway. Good fences, as they say, make for good neighbours. The answer lies in getting our act together as a nation, a system of governance and society to be at least a worthy near-equal to China. We have to defeat internal threats like the Naxals with a sense of purpose, rather than lose time in vacuous debate; multiply, three times over, the pace of infrastructure-building — not just in Arunachal and Ladakh, but all over India; liberate ourselves from the fear of double-digit growth; and show much greater national focus than we do.”
Read the complete article here.
I think the fear and media frenzy in India is more because we like to cry when problems come and refuse to find a solution. The problem is, we have always felt we have been a great nation, a land of gods, from the beginning, hence we have nothing to do and a miracle will happen to give us our due in the world. Our home minister is hesitant in accepting that there is an Operation to be carried out against Naxals, our Prime Mnister took 5.5 years in his two consecutive years just to only signal a disinvestment policy, we are a big failure in the preparations for commonwealth games. Whatever progress we have made is due to the sheer hard work of our entrepreneurs and young talented workforce. We can start doing a 100 times better if only we realize the lesson of karma that we preach to the world but do not practice ourselves.