“It is of no use cursing your enemy! It is your enemy’s business to befool you in all respects.”
—Gumnami Baba i.e. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
This is not a warmongering post. Read till the end to understand what I mean by “a fight.”
India since her independence in 1947 is constantly on war or fight with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Indians perceive Pakistan as their enemy no 1 and vice-versa (and rightly so). However, Pakistan is a failed conglomeration of various ethnic identities only united by their hatred against India and Hinduism. This construct is temporary and I expect that as the Pakistani economy crumbles, its citizens become more aware, liberal and start rediscovering their Dharmic history, identity, culture; sometime in the future, their Ghar Wapsi is inevitable (becoming culturally Indian, not necessarily leaving Islam but start celebrating Hindu festivals, like Indonesia). Something along this line is already happening in Iran where many young Iranians are rediscovering their pre-Islamic heritage and the glory of the Persian empire. Baluchistan never accepted Pakistani occupation right from the start. So Pakistan will crumble on its own. All it needs is a push by India. Obviously, Pakistan can still cause terror attacks, riots, propaganda here and there. There are still many sympathizers of Pakistan and the idea of Pakistan and Islamist supremacy in India (e.g. Javed Akhtar who thinks Khilji was a benevolent-secular ruler and saviour of India). But Pakistan: the failed nation and Pakistan: the fraud Islamist idea, both are inevitably bound for failures.
China, on the other hand, is a strong nation. Chinese nationalism, at least amongst Han Chinese is very strong. Their economy is very strong. And as a result, they have a large military. But the biggest strength and at the same time, the weakness of China is the dictatorship and the one-party rule in the country. This one-party rule is their strength in their fight against India but it’s their weakness in the providing stability, freedom, basic human rights to its citizens in the long-run. The stronghold of the Chinese Communist Party in China is maintained through propaganda. In fact, without propaganda and with the availability of free-flowing information, China will possibly go into a civil war. But the Communists are so good at propaganda. That makes Communist China a strong enemy and threat for India. The Chinese propaganda is run through large budgets which are spent every year to buy media, influencers, bureaucrats, politicians and sometimes the entire nation (like Pakistan). In India also, there are many Chinese sepoys, some of them working for money, some of them because of their loyalty to communism while a good number of them because of their hatred for India and India’s Dharmic identity and cultural heritage. The manners in which China hinders and obstructs India’s progress is so wide and diverse, even Indian intelligence agencies would be having hard times identifying them. For example, Naxalism, the so-called human right activists, tribal activists, minority activists, women activists, village activists, environmental activists (I am not blanketing all activists as Chinese agents but pointing out indirect outside and Chinese influence with a good number of them). You name a “movement” or potential fault lines in India and I can bet that Chinese along with other enemies of our nation would fund these potential fault lines and movements to create instability in India and hinder development and progress. Narmada Bachao Andolan, anti-CAA riots, human right activists giving cover fire to Naxalis and Jihadists are some of such examples. The most effective technique, however that the Chinese use is trade distortion and monopoly. There is almost zero protection of intellectual property in China. China has mastered the art of copying. They copy products ranging from a pen, mobile, cars, laptops, fighter planes to even Indian Chole Bhature. To add to that, with incredible support from the government (many of the big Chinese giants are government-owned), Chinese companies sell their products many times below the manufacturing cost to eliminate competition from the market. This has led to the Chinese monopoly in many aspects of manufacturing and trade. And as a result, there are huge trade deficits for countries like India, the US, UK, etc. China, on the other hand, doesn’t easily allow foreign companies to operate in China and when it does, the Chinese companies produce cheap copies of these foreign products and sell them worldwide. Due to this Wuhan virus pandemic, the world is slowly but surely waking up to this Chinese tactic. And then, there is People’s Liberation Army PLA.
PLA is the muscle through which the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) rules and control the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). It is PLA because of which Tibet is now controlled by CCP. It is PLA with the help of which CCP continues threatening and bullying its neighbours. The PLA’s tactic is simple. They slowly crawl into the territory which is not theirs. Then, they call peace and truce. But is PLA really that strong? Many agencies call it paper tiger, many people have busted the myth of PLA. There have also been reports that it’s riddled with corruption and most of the Chinese military equipment which are knock-offs of Russian and western equipment is well below par. The so-called fifth-generation fighter jet, J-20 of China is one such example. It was detected by Indian Sukhoi Su-30MKIs from quite some distance when these J-20s were supposed to be stealthy. See, the thing is one can go so far by copying. Military technologies are the state of the art technologies that require years, sometimes decades of hard work and innovation. Short cut by copying and stealing doesn’t work well in such technologies.
For the time being, as an Indian, I have to ignore these shortcomings of PLA and assume that they are the formidable force that is portrayed by their propaganda machinery. But one thing which cannot be ignored is the true patriotism, discipline, sacrifice, hard-trained, battle-trained, never give up attitude of the Indian Armed forces. India won the Kargil war in 1999. That war was almost impossible to win because of the distinct advantage held by enemies at altitudes 10000-16000 ft above sea level. Even with such advantages and their deep desire to defeat India at all costs, the Pakistanis lost. India army paid a price by the sacrifice of a few hundreds of its soldiers including many officers. It is to be noted that the Indian army is the only army in the world where the officers lead a fight from the front. It is a part of the glorious history and traditions of India where from Prithviraj Chauhan, Maha Rana Pratap, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to Rani Laxmi Bai and Major Somnath Sharma, Captain Vikram Batra, Indians leaders love to lead a fight from the front. With such glorious traditions of Chatriyata, unconditional sacrifice, valour, the Indian army is next to impossible to be defeated psychologically. Even in the recent Galwan incident, the Chinese had the numerical edge, they were the ones who came prepared, but the Indians didn’t back off and preferred to sacrifice their lives over giving up the territory. At the same time, they inflicted twice the damage on the PLA. And in military terms, saying is that to defeat an army, you have to defeat them mentally. And as I said, it’s next to impossible to defeat Indian armed forces mentally. What about the equipment? Indian armed forces have been modernizing rapidly especially in the past 5 years. A distinct advantage that India has over China is it can procure technologies from Israel, the US, France and Russia all at the same time. China, on the other hand, is heavily reliant on Russia and its ability to copy and replicate equipment. India’s indigenous products such as Teajs, Agni has gone through years of original hard work. This originality and innovation will definitely prove to be more effective than the Chinese knock-offs given that the Indian government gives proper support to the Indian players (public and private). And the signs are positive. With Make in India in defence, India is rapidly developing its indigenous capabilities and its military exports have grown from a mere 500 crores a few years ago to over 10000 crores last year. India is on the right path of indigenization of military equipment. So militarily, India can give a bloody nose to China (like it did in Nathu la in 1967 where Indian soldiers killed nearly 400 Chinese while Indian lost 80 soldiers protecting the pass in Sikkim). I would even go on to say that Indian army can knock out the PLA in Aksai Chin and Tibet especially considering the fact that Tibetans aren’t happy about the Chinese invasion of their country. Of course, India would also suffer collaterally in such a situation but that’s the price Indians would willingly pay if China forces war on India.
So, what has India historically done with this problem of the Peoples Republic of China? Well, it is not harsh to say that we are the ones who are somewhere responsible for this problem grow to this extent today. Like most of the major issues faced by India such as Kashmir, poverty, lack of good infrastructure, unemployment, corruption, bureaucratic red tape, insurgencies, poor education system, etc. The China problem also has its roots in the socialistic-Gandhian-Nehruvian policies of our early politicians, bureaucrats and officials. The tragedy is that even today, a lot of influential people, media, bureaucrats, politicians, academicians, students, etc. in India still hold dear this deluded socialistic-Gandhian-Nehruvian ideas which have almost always failed India and prevented the potential growth and development of India for decades (still hindering India’s progress to an extent).
“I [Sardar Patel] have been eating my heart out because I have not been able to make him [Nehru] see the dangers ahead. China wants to establish its hegemony over South-East Asia. We cannot shut our eyes to this because imperialism is appearing in a new grab…He is being misled by his courtiers. I have grave apprehensions about the future.”
—Durga Das reporting his talks with Sardar Patel in “India from Curzon to Nehru and after”.
To put this very mildly, a lot of Indian leaders at the time of our independence especially in the Congress party were heavily influenced by ideas of Communism, Marxism, Socialism. Particularly Nehru was romantic about a socialistic state. Subhas Bose even accused him as a communist in disguise. And it is very true that Nehru had a soft spot for communism and communist dictators around the world. Knowingly the dictatorship, authoritarian nature of Stalin, Nehru had no doubt that ‘the Soviet revolution had advanced human society by a great leap and had lit a bright flame which could not be smothered’. This meant that all the talks of non-alignment were sham from the very start where there was obvious sympathy by the Indian leadership towards the socialist, communist bloc. That’s why you will find records of Indians protesting against apartheid in Africa or supporting Vietnam in the US-Vietnam war, the same Indian leaders, intellectuals, historians have been completely silent on gulags of the USSR, Mao’s great leap forward or the mass-murders committed by Che Guevara. This delusional silent-allegiance (open allegiance in case of CPI members) to an ideology proved detrimental to the national interest. Many Indians are aware of the fact that India was unofficially offered a permanent membership of the UNSC by the USA and Mr Nehru rejected it on the grounds that he cannot betray his dear Chinese friends and that China deserves that seat more than any other country in the world. This stems from the inferiority complex of our first PM he felt because of his nationality and his disdain for India’s culture and values (these qualities are quite common in Marxists as this disdain for their culture allows them to go for the class struggle that Marx proposes to eliminate hierarchies). But what most Indians don’t know is the fact that the extent to which India went to advocate for China’s admission into the UN was unimaginable.
Not only was India advocating for China’s membership in UNO, but India was also spending money on it! This was in 1959. It is very important to note that India was mostly neighboured by Tibet to the North and North-east at the time of independence. So, Tibet was our most important neighbour and not China. Tibet was both culturally and strategically immensely important to India. Yet India turned blinds eye towards Tibet when it was annexed and invaded by China (our foolish leaders did the same with Baluchistan but that’s for another blog post). To make matters worse, when Tibetan appeal came for discussion in the UN general assembly on 23rd November 1950. The Indian delegate, by stating that China had assured India the issue would be settled peacefully, the issue was dropped! If India, the affected country was satisfied, how could others object? In 1954, India signed Panchsheel that endorsed Tibet as part of China! Dalai Lama even asked Nehru for help but the latter refused him for any. In 1959, China started the military crackdown on Tibetans which was met with massive resistance throughout Tibet which came to be called the Lhasa Uprising. Fearing capture, the Dalai Lama fled to India. During the cultural revolution in China, Red Guards inflicted a campaign of organized vandalism against all cultural sites, including Tibet’s Buddhist heritage. Most of the over 6000 monasteries were destroyed or damaged during 1959-1961. Thousands (some say a million) of Buddhist monks and nuns were killed, tortured or imprisoned. Thousands of Tibetans took refuge in India and now they are running a Tibetan government in exile in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
How should have India dealt with the issue of Tibet?
This question is very very important. This is one incident where India should learn from a series of blunders it made regarding Tibet and China. The answer to this question, in fact, was given by none other than the Ironman of India, Sardar Patel in a letter that he wrote to Nehru dated 7th November 1950 five weeks before his death. Here are excerpts of that letter:
“The Chinese Government has tried to delude us by professions of peaceful intention…The final action of the Chinese, in my judgement, is little short of perfidy. The tragedy of it is that the Tibetans put faith in us; they chose to be guided by us; and we have been unable to get them out of the meshes of Chinese diplomacy or Chinese malevolence…Our Ambassador has been at great pains to find an explanation or justification for the Chinese policy and actions..indicates that even though we regard ourselves as friends of China, the Chinese do not regard us their friends…Throughout history, we have seldom been worried by our north-east frontier…We had a friendly Tibet which gave us no trouble…The undefined state of the frontier..have all the elements of the potential trouble between China and ourselves…Recent and bitter history also tells us that Communism is no shield against imperialism and that the communists are as good or as bad imperialists as any other…We can, therefore, safely assume that very soon they will disown all the stipulations which Tibet has entered into with us in the past. That throws into the melting pot all frontier and commercial settlements with Tibet on which we have been functioning and acting during the last half a century…Chinese irredentism (a policy of advocating the restoration to a country of any territory formerly belonging to it) and communist imperialism are different from the expansionism or imperialism of western powers. The former has a cloak of ideology which makes it ten times more dangerous. In the guise of ideological expansion lie concealed racial, national or historical claims…”
“I am, however, giving below some of the problems which, in my opinion, require early solution: (a) A military and intelligence appreciation of the Chinese threat… (b) An examination of military position… (c) An appraisement of the strength of our forces… (d) A long-term consideration of our defence needs. My own feeling is that, unless we assure our supplies of arms, ammunition and armour, we would be making our defence perpetually weak and we would not be able to stand up to the double threat of difficulties both from the west and north-west and north-east… (e) The question of China’s entry into the UN. In view of the rebuff which China has given us and the method which it has followed in dealing with Tibet, I am doubtful whether we can advocate its claim any longer… (f) The political and administrative steps which we should take to strengthen our northern and north-eastern frontier… (g) Measures of internal security in the border areas as well as the states flanking those areas such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Assam…(h) Improvement of our communication, road, rail, air and wireless, in these areas and with the frontier outposts…”
This was the vision of Sardar Patel in 1950. We are still working on his last advice relating to the infrastructure building at our border states. Anyways, what Nehru did was to ignore everything Patel said and almost do the opposite. Completely ignored military capabilities, choked defence budget and proudly proclaimed that India doesn’t need a strong army as it is the land of Gandhi. Such was the poor state of Indian army because of Nehruvian policies, this comment from the then army chief makes it all the more clear.
“I hope I am not leaving you as cannon fodder for the Chinese. God bless you all.”
—India’s army chief K.S. Thimayya in his farewell speech in 1961
The loss of Aksai Chin (originally known as Gowsthana by the Laddakhis and Tibetans) in the 1962 war along with Balidan (sacrifice) of our soldiers and immense loss the country faced was all due to this series of blunders made by Nehru and his associates such as the then defence minister V K Krishna Menon. To say that socialistic-Nehruvian-Gandhian policies of the Nehru rule were foundations of miseries of India would be an understatement (Read Foundations of Misery by Rajnikant Puranik for more details).
Coming to the present times, India-China relations are on an all-time low after 1967. The reasons are multiple. The Chinese are not liking the fact that India is now standing up to them. See, unlike the short-sighted, politically motivated, deluded policymakers in India, the Chinese think big, they prepare for a longer timeline. The Chinese are playing the long game. The long game of the Chinese has been to keep India busy with the terror state of Pakistan and hinder India’s progress by funding activists, NGOs, media as I already mentioned. To keep India busy within its own fault lines. However, the election of Modi government and at the same time, the rise of Xi Jinping shook a thing and few. Modi is not your typical PM that India has been used to. He is bold, uncompromising on India’s security and defence, although most probably Modi is still shackled by the socialistic bureaucracy that he has to work with. Anyways, with Modi, India grew more assertive. Doklam standoff was the prime example. China is used to bullying its neighbours but was matched on the grounds by India during the Doklam standoff. Recently, taking advantage of the Wuhan virus pandemic, China under CCP has been trying to muscle its military might across its neighbours. Now, China can scare away nations like the Philipines, Indonesia. But I doubt that despite all the chest-thumping propaganda by the CCP, Taiwan is even a bit afraid of China. Forget about the Vietnamese who have already given a beating to the Chinese army. And then there is India. They have been matched by India time and again at the border. They tried to surprise the Indian army with a cowardly planned-ambush at the Galwan valley. They thought that they could get away with such an act but they never expected such a strong response by the Indian soldiers who managed to inflict more than twice the damage to the PLA despite being unprepared. However, we as Indians shouldn’t celebrate this as a victory. Because I can tell for sure that the lives of soldiers that the PLA lost don’t matter much to the CCP or even the people of China as you can guess by the lack of coverage of the incident in the Chinese media. Also, the CCP is trying to save face by hiding its casualties. But for Indians, the lives of each and every soldier is very important. The whole country mourns the Balidan (sacrifice) of every Indian soldier. As a result, this Galwan valley incident, in my opinion, is the turning point in the Indo-China relations. The realization is coming to the Indian masses that China is our enemy. Here are some of the reasons to pick up a fight with China (what do I mean by fight is explained in the next section)
- China considers India as a threat and a potential competitor: China never wants India to progress. I have already explained a few channels through which China hinders India’s progress. Unlike idiots in India, the Chinese have studied their true history (though they do not teach the same to their people). India and China were world leaders in GDP for millennia. India had the lead for the most part. So, India potentially is a rival to China in every economic aspect provided India comes out of its socialistic back-log and realizes its true economic potential.
- Chinese backing of enemies of India: Pakistan, Naxalites, human rights activists, etc. as I already explained before.
- Trade distorting practices: Picking up a fight with China is also good for India’s businesses as they can regain the market they lost due to trade-distorting practices by the Chinese firms.
- Chinese strategy of the string of pearls: China is trying to force neighbours around into its debt trap thus reducing them to the Chinese wishes and whims. Nepal is one such example. Pakistan is a lost cause and is almost completely sold out to China.
- The Chinese virus i.e. the Wuhan virus: Wuhan virus pandemic or the coronavirus pandemic has caused immense loss of lives, economy and livelihoods. This pandemic is nothing short of a biological war that China has imposed on to the world either intentionally or unintentionally. In either case, it should be held accountable for its gross criminal negligence of the virus in the first few months.
- Our duty towards Tibet: India failed Tibet as I explained before. India has Dharmic duties towards former neighbouring nations like Tibet and Baluchistan. I think the liberation of these two nations will solve a lot of our issues with our two troubled neighbours.
- The strategic alliance of Taiwan, Hong Kong: Both Taiwan and Hong Kong holds dear the values of democracy, freedom and human rights. These are the values we also share and hold dear. To add to that, these two issues irk the CCP the most. Both these issues can be used to keep the Chinese bullying at check. Plus a strategic partnership with Taiwan can be a good learning opportunity for Indians as Taiwan has progressed leaps and bounds under democracy.
- This fight will help in weeding out the Chinese agents in India: Whenever there is a conflict of India with its enemies say Pakistan or China, the anti-India brigade working in India and batting for these two countries start showing their true colours. The process has started with China. Yesterday itself, a Congress MLA was caught insulting Indian soldiers and praising the PLA, DMK backed channel saying China attacked because of abrogation of article 370, CPI blaming America for the conflict. So, these sepoys of the foreign powers, ideologies, religious institutions that in normal times act and operate covertly against India and Indian interest start showing their true colours in times of conflict. Time and again, this pattern has emerged particularly with the Congress party (Although there are still few true patriots left in the Congress such as Captain Amrinder Singh). But my personal belief resonates with that of RVS Mani. The famous author who exposed the ploy of planting the fake narrative of Hindu terror by the Congress party especially during UPA2. Investigations of Samjhauta blasts and Malegaon blasts were compromised, the real culprits were let off and two innocents were charged to create a narrative of Hindu terror. Even after 26/11, few Congress members (Diggi Raja) and the so-called “intellectuals” such as Mahesh Bhatt released a book called “26/11 RSS ki Sajish“. RVS Mani’s arguments that the top leadership in the Congress party is compromised and has its hands dirty with the communists, evangelical churches and even some jihadi networks, is very believable given the way many Congressmen acts. For example, recently Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary made a tweet against China, lauding the bravery of the Indian army. But he was forced to delete his tweet within a few hours. And then there is CPI & CPIM, well, it’s too obvious that majority of the communists in India have their loyalties with China. Even Nehru who himself had a soft spot for Marxism had to admit this fact.
- The PLA attacked our soldiers: For me, this reason alone is more than enough to pick up a fight with China. End of story.
What do I mean by picking up a fight with China?
Any kind of military action shouldn’t be dictated by the mood and emotions of the nation or either by a civil servant, babu or politician. It should be dictated by the military minds of our armed forces and our NSA. There are ones who will be making such decisions and I have full faith and support for their leadership. Here is what I mean by picking up a fight with China
- Economic fight: The Boycott China movement has already started which was recently promoted by Sonam Wangchuk. Although this will take time but in the long run, boycotting Chinese goods will be very beneficial for India. For example, Indian companies would gain new spaces and a lifeline as many of our small businesses suffered massively due to trade-distorting, dumping practices used by the Chinese. At the same time, this will prompt Indian companies to work harder and create new products to satisfy consumer needs. Plus boycotting Chinese goods means less money to the CCP. On the government front, well they cannot upright ban the Chinese goods but they can prefer Indian or non-Chinese companies in government tenders (especially for the 5G projects). The Indian government and state governments should also support local businesses and companies of non-Chinese origins to flourish and operate with ease in India. Invite companies from Taiwan like MSI, Asus to set up their factories in India.
- Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, our 3 new friends: Tibet has been our cultural, spiritual, philosophical partner for millennia. But as I mentioned before, India failed its responsibilities towards Tibet during the Nehruvian era. Now, the time has come for India and Indians to start supporting the Tibet movement. The government can also show indirect support to Tibet, although directly declaring Tibet as an occupied territory would be very difficult as even a superpower like the US finds it hard to raise the Tibet issue or recognize Taiwan as an independent nation. However, people to people, business to business contacts with the people of Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong is possible and should be promoted directly or indirectly by the government, people and the powerful businesses.
- Trying to influence the narrative inside China: China is a closed country. I can bet that an average Chinese has little to no idea what transpired at the Galwan valley. In this age of information and the information warfare, I think India needs to develop a world-class information warfare cell and Indians trained in different languages should be used to smuggle information and narratives inside China. I know this is hard, but no too hard or impossible as shown by the citizens of Hong Kong.
- Develop cyberwarfare capabilities on a war footing: This is an extension of information warfare. India has already developed a cyber command. There is no dearth of Indian experts in cybersecurity around the world. The best Indian minds around the world should be approached and trained for cyber warfare. If needed, India can also take help from a friendly country such as Israel which itself is immensely capable in the cyber warfare game.
- Military & infrastructure modernization: India is already working on this for years now. Some key defence acquisitions such as AK-203 rifles for our soldiers, Rafale jets and MMRCA 2.0 are very important. Rafales are coming but had they already been here, they would have been a massive force multiplier. In the long run, the Indian navy has a massive role in countering China. So new submarines, destroyers, frigates, submarine-hunting aeroplanes and helicopters and of course the upcoming aircraft carrier Vikrant. All these naval assets are to be strengthened and not ignored. In the peacetime, it’s the navy through which you can show your muscle and influence other countries. The USA is a prime example of that.
It goes without saying that our troops need excellent infrastructure along the borders. And I think India is going very fast in this front especially in the North-East and Laddakh. BRO is doing a commendable job. We need to keep on increasing our pace and develop infrastructure on a war footing.
- Match and then out-match the Chinese: The Chinese have a distinct lead over India in certain aspects, especially the economy and trade. To overcome the Chinese, we need a long term vision, plan and should move above our petty vote bank politics and policies made for these vote banks. Vote bank politics have led to mostly socialist economic policies on most fronts in India. Especially in the state elections, high MSP for farmers, loan waivers are trick to get votes. But these policies can never bring about the economic growth required. India needs big reforms and many of them have come recently e.g. reforms in the APMC act allowing farmers to sell their produces anywhere in the country. With the implementation of reforms, throwing away socialist policies into the dustbin and bringing in more free-market reforms with the better judiciary, law and order; and India has the potential to achieve and sustain double-digit growths (of course after this virus hangover is over).
- Weed out communist, Marxist influences from our education system: By weeding out, I don’t mean to say banning CPI, CPIM, what I mean is to throw out communists, Marxist narratives and propaganda in our school textbooks, education system, colleges. We need to Indianize our education system which sadly hasn’t happened even after more than 70 years of our independence. To make matters worse, the communist propaganda in our education system (including the NCERT books) is producing students lacking confidence and belief in their own native Indian identity, culture, languages. The lack of employable skills in our college graduates is also very concerning and India needs to modernize its education system both by including modern emerging knowledge in the curriculum and by rooting our students into their cultures, languages, literature, and true history that Indians have been intentionally denied off from their mainstream education systems, both of the central and the state governments.
- Fight the enemies within: This is mostly the job of intelligence agencies. But as I mentioned, there are Indians who are working for our enemies. Civilians have to counter their narratives as these actors (some of them in prominent positions) also play information game in the country to counter the Indian narrative and promote the Chinese (or Pakistani).
- Massive investments in Research and Development: If India wishes to become a world superpower and a big player, it has to invest massively in R&D. And by investment, I don’t mean wasting money in a lazy typical government institution. This investment should only be based on merit and potential. Investments could be in the Universities, IITs, NITs and these institutions should be encouraged to work in synergies with the industries. Investments could also be made towards private players and industries. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds could all be made mandatorily to be spent on R&D projects. If India doesn’t take this seriously, it would again be heavily dependent on imports of technologies in the future, most likely from China. Plus it would be a waste of massive talent pool that India has. Some key areas are AI, blockchain, drones, robotics, biotech, GM crops, Quantum Computing. Government has allocated 8000 crores in the recent budget on quantum computing projects. I hope they are managed well by the technical experts. But exclusive dependence on government-driven investments won’t be sustainable in the long run. We should make the R&D process market-driven and government should encourage adoption of latest Indian technologies in our institutions. I am very much certain that with merit-based investments on the right people and right institutions, India can build an ecosystem and culture of world-class R&D.
Picking up a fight with a nation means you have to outmatch, outwit, outplay that nation. In terms of a military fight with China, I am super confident that Indian armed forces will take care of them whenever, wherever required. However, we have to match the Chinese and outwit and outplay the Chinese by covering our weakness and bolstering our strengths. In this regard, it’s beneficial for India to pick up a fight with China as it will force Indians to work harder and catch up with the Chinese in many aspects. Also, China has been directly or indirectly fighting India for decades. China is ruled by an ambitious, imperialistic Communist regime. And as Sardar Patel already said, this kind of imperialism is doubly dangerous as it has the backing of an ideology which has followers all over the world. We should not be fooled by sweet words and sugar-coated diplomacy of the Chinese. There is hardly any correlation between the words and actions of the Chinese.
Once, we under Nehru forgot our Dharma and abandoned Tibet. We are facing the consequences now. At least now, we should wake up and realize that the true challenge that India faces is this double-faced Chinese regime which unlike the failed state of Pakistan has money, military, power, wits and it doesn’t want India to progress and become its competitor. Why should we be all nice, naive, idiots, and emotional?
Let me remind you again of the quote that I used at the beginning of this post:
“It is of no use cursing your enemy! It is your enemy’s business to befool you in all respects.”
—Gumnami Baba i.e. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
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