Subramanian Swamy

Dr Subramanian Swamy on India's relations with China

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. 

published on : 8th January 2021

Modi keeps his critics far away and that's not helping him: Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy said the government is not lacking in good advisors, but they are not being heard.

published on : 13th January 2020

Need to abolish income tax completely for economy to grow: Subramanian Swamy

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said the less said about Nirmala Sitharaman, the better at Think Edu 2020.

published on : 12th January 2020

India is already a Hindu Rashtra: Subramanian Swamy

The BJP MP and former Minister was talking on the topic 'Life After Ayodhya: What's Next?' at TNIE's ThinkEdu Conclave 2020.

published on : 9th January 2020

It's stupid for opposition to demand Bill to incorporate Muslim minorities too: Subramanian Swamy

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy spoke to the media about his views on the several arguments around the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

published on : 12th December 2019

Subramanian Swamy backs Uttar Pradesh cops notice prohibiting namaz

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.

published on : 26th December 2018

AgustaWestland case: Lawyer was asked by Sonia Gandhi to defend Christian Michel, says Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy slammed Congress for appointing a lawyer to defend Christian Michel.

published on : 6th December 2018

Petrol should not be sold at more than Rs 40 per litre: Subramanian Swamy

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.

published on : 10th September 2018

There should not be discrimination among people: Subramanian Swamy 

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. 

published on : 7th September 2018

BJP has not taken a stand on Maldives: Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday held India responsible to protect its citizens in Maldives for which invasion is necessary

published on : 28th August 2018

We cannot make India Dharamshala: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on NRC

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.

published on : 31st July 2018

There are differences among parties but they don’t want different government: Subramanian Swamy

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.

published on : 20th July 2018

Subramaniam Swamy speaks on cow protection bill

The BJP leader was recently in limelight for the Babri-masjid demolition case. 

published on : 24th March 2017