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‘Crappiest Team’ Vs China

It may sound anti-national, but it needs to be said: India is no match to China.

Published: 28th June 2020 01:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2020 01:09 AM   |  A+A-

An Indian Army truck crosses Chang la pass near Pangong Lake in Ladakh region.

An Indian Army truck crosses Chang la pass near Pangong Lake in Ladakh region. (Photo | AP)

It may sound anti-national, but it needs to be said: India is no match to China. They have a quality of Chineseness that holds them together and propels them to significant heights. They have a consistent national view while ours is a Congress view or a Modi view, depending on the season. Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping and Xi Jinping are very different personalities with very different ambitions. But the Chineseness of China reigned supreme, irrespective of who was in power at a given period. The Indianness of India was never in evidence. The Nehruness, the Indiraness, the Vajpayeness superseded all else. Currently, Modiness devours all of past history and hopes to devour all of the future as well.

Modiness contains a good deal of confusion. On June 17, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said the Chinese side sought to erect a structure in the Galwan Valley on our side of the Line of Actual Control. On June 19, the Prime Minister said no one had entered our territory. Jaishankar may be part of the problem. Throwing diplomatic delicacies to the winds, he praised the American-sponsored “coalition of the willing” against China. This is an alliance of Australia, South Korea, Israel and Brazil under American leadership. How on earth can India fit into this? Jaishankar might have been a good civil servant. But as a minister appointed to promote a narrow philosophy, he seems to be struggling to find his feet.

India-China relations have always been lopsided at India’s cost. Jawaharlal Nehru went out of his way to promote China’s case at the Bandung Conference of non-aligned nations in 1955. But Zhou Enlai thought Nehru was being patronising to China. Things have not improved despite many moves made by the Modi Government to please China. In 2018, India decided to avoid events attended by Dalai Lama, a bete noire of China. Air India dropped the word Taiwan and accepted the term that China preferred: Chinese Taipei. When popular protests erupted in Hong Kong against China, India said not a word. On Tibet, always a sensitive topic for Beijing, Delhi has never said an inconvenient word.

But China seemed unimpressed by these gestures. It continued to oppose India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. It has consistently backed Pakistan against India on all issues, promoting the China Pakistan Economic Corridor through Kashmir. No country has taken India’s side on any of these issues despite Jaishankar’s recent praise of the American-sponsored “coalition of the willing” against China.

It would be dumb for India to consider joining such a group. India’s issues with China have no resemblance to the relations these “coalition” countries have with China. No one understands this more keenly than China itself. The powerful motivation that drives China is the desire to prove that it is not one of “the two Asian giants” but the only Asian giant. Keeping the border tense is one way of achieving this end. For the purpose, it employs a military budget of US$178 billion as against India’s $74 billion.

India’s personality-based approach to foreign relations also helps China. In recent months, the Modi approach has seen Nepal taking unfriendly action against India. It even approved a new map attaching to Nepal bits and pieces of territory that are, to put it mildly, disputed. The Modi Government has uneasy relations with Afghanistan and Bangladesh as well as with Pakistan. The borders are alive with the sound of friction.

In the midst of it all “China is quietly winning the battle that really matters, the battle for prosperity and power,” as a professor at the Free University of Brussels put it. “In recent years, China has built at lightning speed modern infrastructure in Tibet. Last year alone, 2.000 km of road, 150 km of railway, more than 100 bridges and tunnels were completed.” On the India side, 73 new roads planned for the border have been delayed for 10 years.

I do not have the courage of my esteemed friend Aakar Patel. So I cannot express bold views boldly as he does. I, therefore, borrow his words to say what I wish to say. And his words are: “Goyal is glorified shopkeeper. Jaishankar has scholar brother and pop was strategist but himself neither. Have met Sitharaman. She dumb as a rock. Doval only partially sane. Modi A Team is reflection of him and Amit. This is without doubt the crappiest leadership in our history.”  

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  • Pradip

    At least TJS has the guts to call a spade by no other name. Good sense seems to have deserted most Indian journalists.
    1 day ago reply
  • Ma

    May be Chinese Head long back saw that Mr. Modi is a fool
    2 days ago reply
  • D V SESHAGIRI RAO

    In this article he seems to be Left oriented than his Patriotism. Criticising the policies may be of one way to remain in limelight than motivating people at this hour of need.
    3 days ago reply
  • Sowmith

    You don't sound anti-national.. you just sound myopic
    3 days ago reply
  • Mattur Sameer

    But it is this team that has grown pairs to put an end to article 370
    3 days ago reply
  • ALOK ASTHANA

    Why blame this team? Indian voter things they are toppers. In 2019
    3 days ago reply
  • KGS

    Well said TJS.
    3 days ago reply
  • A k Sehanobis

    I will write tomorrow re: Nehru's freedom of speech and Press.
    3 days ago reply
  • Indian

    The air that you breathed on this indian soil while writing this article is because of the brave soldiers of our country. You don't know what is India. Its not just these political parties and discussions its much much more. First travel India and learn what is India before writing such filth. I am sure your are not an Indian at heart. Be privileged to have taken birth in this great country called INDIA. JAIHIND
    3 days ago reply
  • Badri narayanan poondi

    Corona may cease to be a problem some day
    3 days ago reply
  • Amar

    His last paragraph referring to akar patel
    3 days ago reply
  • Sunil

    And then we have Mr. TJS George's view which is primitive at best......;) Don't underestimate any country....Vietnam has shown that to the world already.
    4 days ago reply
  • skg

    aware of all traitors inside the country
    4 days ago reply
  • Lakshay

    Sure
    4 days ago reply
  • Santosh Kumar

    Let's pray (not HOPE) the situation does not worsen . China hasn't the guts the give an honorable burial of it's fallen (even if only it is "one"). We should realize that Indian troops bludgeoned the "china soldier or soldiers " to their death
    4 days ago reply
  • Sohan

    OMG. What kind of journalism is this?
    4 days ago reply
  • Raj Kumar

    What are you trying to say? this is probably the crapiest article i have read
    4 days ago reply
  • Hitesh Kothari

    TJS George is looking at this situation with an amazing amount of prejudice. He is lucky that he is in India. Had he made such statements in China
    4 days ago reply
  • Ambarish Modak

    Dear Sir
    4 days ago reply
  • Murthy

    Intelligentia is crappy... You are also part of the Problem
    4 days ago reply
  • Virendra Patil

    The article makes sense till the last para.. there it just lays the authors confused brain bare..
    4 days ago reply
  • Ranjeeth

    This is the crappiest article in my history. It advocates India shouldn't join American-sponsored “coalition of the willing” but points no argument towards what harm can it do. It's just a bunch of personal attack with loose joints.
    4 days ago reply
  • H.Balakrishnan

    If TJSG depends on Aakar Patel for quotation
    4 days ago reply
  • Ratna

    who is this?
    4 days ago reply
  • Vidyaranya

    He may have a different view but the writer should be careful with the choice of words. No government in the past has shown the commitment to thwart aggression from the neighbouring countries
    4 days ago reply
  • Sam the Ram

    There are times when well-reputed and experienced journalists glibly pass judgement with a finality
    4 days ago reply
  • Siddhartha

    Great read as usual.
    4 days ago reply
  • Bharati

    Ah
    4 days ago reply
  • Vivek Pant

    The author starts by blaming Nehru
    4 days ago reply
  • PaulRanjit

    Although
    4 days ago reply
  • Accel

    Indian officials are the best for collecting bribes. We will defeat China hands down in that.
    4 days ago reply
  • Karanth

    Both are not comparable India is democratic country where we are answerable to people unlike China which is dictatorship country Your logic applies to china not to India But fortunately our defence is quite strong matachable to China Can you suggest from your logic how India can bring out change to match China with its pluralistic and democratic society Bottomline is anything you do in India there is criticism negetively Who is in your opinion best person to lead India
    4 days ago reply
  • BR

    A team of our armed forces pounded on Chinese rogues and allegedly killed more people than what we lost in the skirmish. But some questions still remains to be answered such as
    4 days ago reply
  • India

    Can you suggest your dream team ? George.
    4 days ago reply
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