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In Focus

July, 6

Government's Indifference Toward Incursions

Hyperbole and empty rhetoric - this has been the defining feature of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s foreign policy. He believes, falsely, that talking tough in election rallies is the same as being tough on China on the diplomatic front. During the 10 years of the UPA Government, Dr Manmohan Singh ensured that India balanced her relations with all the major world powers. We ensured that any transgression on the part of China was deftly handled.

The UPA Government understood the nature of global politics and diplomacy. It knew the value of maintaining open channels of communication, but also built India’s capabilities to tackle any eventuality in that region. Realising the potential threats to India’s territorial integrity, the UPA Government approved a Mountain Strike Corps, which would enhance the Indian Army’s capability by adding 90,000 personnel. Since the Modi Government came to power, it has been reported that there has been a squeeze on release of funds since there has been a shortfall in ammunition and equipment for units already raised. If indeed the India’s economy is booming, according to the BJP, why are the funds to defend India not being spent?

Realising that Shri Narendra Modi was a master bluster rather than a man of action, China, through its Government-controlled media started making open threats to India. It said that India needed to be taught a “bitter lesson”. Chinese media went on to further state that, “The Indian military can choose to return to its territory with dignity, or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers”. In the last 45 days, there have been nearly 120 Chinese incursions, Indian bunkers have been destroyed, and Chinese warships and submarines have reportedly been spotted in the Indian Ocean. China has halted the passage of religious pilgrims of the Mansarovar Yatra. China has posted pictures of the destroyed bunkers and in June of 2017, two Chinese Army choppers violated Indian Air space in Uttarakhand. `

What has surprised and shocked the nation is the meek response of the Modi Government. This is the same Shri Narendra Modi whose spin doctors said that he would show ‘Red Eyes’ to China, and they would go running back. The only ‘red’ we have seen is the aggression of China. In the face of these provocative statements, all that the Home Minister Rajnath Singh had to say was, “Chinese intrusions are only perception”. Perception? Tell that to our brave Jawans who had to resist Chinese aggression.

In the past the three years, Modi Government’s foreign policy has been defined more by the Prime Minister’s search for holiday destinations and photo opportunities rather than actually serving India’s interests.

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