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Monday, October 17, 2011

Return to Gunboat Diplomacy

The sabre rattling by China on Indian firm ONGC's pact to explore for oil in the South China Sea jointly with Vietnam has caused some discomfort to the Chinese on what they consider their own patch.Yet they press the Burmese to build roads and pipelines,they help the Pakistanis in Kashmir and they are building ports in Sri Lanka.

History - truly a magnificent record which shows that time moves on but countries and diplomacy Sikkim remains the same albeit more couched in legalese and verbose yet like the British sending in their naval gunships to back the East India company in the 19th century to fight the Maharajas!

What puzzles me is the lack of vigour of the Indian army to respond to the Chinese aggression in Sikkim,Arunachal,Ladakh.Does it lack the confidence in its own men and machinery?Its copybook Sun Tzu,encircle the enemy and test its defences,bluff and swagger and measure the response.

India is losing the resource and mineral war in Africa,it seems that even our own borders are not sacrosanct.Yet there is hope with this move by ONGC to explore the sensitivities of the Chinese in their back garden.

They have swallowed a country called Tibet and the Han chinese settlements have crushed the indigenous culture yet the world watches.I have spoken to so many who fled over the border into Nepal and then India and the tales are harrowing and brutal.Of a nation enslaved systematically and destroyed.Dharamshala stands testament to that.

Most countries are afraid of hosting the Dalai Lama,yet we live in the age of democrasy!

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperilled in every single battle.

I too am a Sun Tzu fan,the 3rd largest Army in the world must stand up and be counted,because i am afraid that fighting the kashmiris and the maoists etc have softened the core and a battle is brewing which we will see within a decade.Will it be the Chinese?Or the Pakistanis backed by the chinese?