Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has come out with his latest book — ‘Himalayan challenge: India, China and the Quest for Peace’ — in which he has listed out steps that the government can focus on in the area of foreign policy. Swamy said India needed to demonstrate the will to oust the Chinese who, during the UPA rule, occupied Indian territory in the range of 2,000-8,000 sq km. He was in conversation with senior journalist Kaveree Bamzai during TNIE Expressions, a series of live webcasts with prominent people. How did you form an understanding of China and what role did you play when there was no communication between New Delhi and Beijing? (Former PM) Morarji Desai was very fond of me. One day he told me, ‘You’re an expert on China; can you tell, why these people don’t want to talk to us on the area they have grabbed from us?’ I said, ‘You win the confidence and do something for which they will remember you forever’. I suggested India should convey that her land would not be allowed to be used by the Soviets, who had a conflict with China over an island on the border with Siberia. I was the first politician to visit China after 1962, and they were pleased to hear of the assurance. Later, the Chinese in Kathmandu spoke of talks on the border issue, and the opening of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra happened, with me being the first pilgrim. In times of ambivalence with China, you have listed out three options: combat, contain or become part of a triumvirate of India, US and China for cooperation? How do you see cooperation in such times? Today, the picture is complicated because the Chinese, during the UPA rule, came across the Line of Actual Control and occupied anywhere between 2,000-8,000 sq km... (PM Narendra) Modi and Xi Jinping (Chinese President) had 18 meetings, and I’ve been asking publicly and privately if the fact about the occupation was known or not and whether it has been raised. All that I have got is silence. My prescription is to limit the attention to the border issue; they must go back. You have stated that PLA is vastly overestimated. Galwan is an example. Our soldiers climbed up the mountains and bare handed killed three times the number they had killed ours. We are far superior; in 1967 in Nathu La, Sikkim, we thrashed them, and also in 1987 in an Arunachal valley. China can never challenge India on border issues because of the logistics. They have a long supply route that can be bombed anytime. We need to tell the world that we can defend ourselves. You also said India needs to catch up with China on economy. Indian economy can grow faster than China if there’s correct policy.
Subramanian Swamy said the government is not lacking in good advisors, but they are not being heard.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said the less said about Nirmala Sitharaman, the better at Think Edu 2020.
The BJP MP and former Minister was talking on the topic 'Life After Ayodhya: What's Next?' at TNIE's ThinkEdu Conclave 2020.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy spoke to the media about his views on the several arguments around the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Uttar Pradesh cops on December 25issued a notice to offices and companies based in Noida’s industrial hub to ensure their employees do not use open public spaces for offering namaz.
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Subramanian Swamy slammed Congress for appointing a lawyer to defend Christian Michel.
The BJP leader said, personally I believe that things like fuel price hike, farmers MSP issue should be seen at a large scale as it will affect transportation system in the country.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday said that there should not be any kind of discrimination on social level with any person but I don’t believe that having both kinds of relationship is right.
Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday held India responsible to protect its citizens in Maldives for which invasion is necessary
This comes after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comment on Assam NRC draft. She said that the central government wants to throw people out of Bengal and Bihar.
Ahead of ‘no-confidence motion’ in Parliament on Friday, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that there might be differences among the parties but that does not mean they want different government.
The BJP leader was recently in limelight for the Babri-masjid demolition case.