Modern age wars are not about somatically taking over a territory but first globally annihilating the image of that state, before taking advantage of adversary’s interior issues. India on a rollercoaster of a ride even before covid-19 pandemic took off, had put 200 million Muslim Indian population at stake by the government. A bad strategy bythe government of a country is good for the nemesis.
The ‘Conflict and Cooperation relation’ of India with is neighboring countries has always been how things roll with the country. China, despite of dealing with a number of domestic issues within the country at the moment, still had managed to succeed in boosting up its economy amid global crisis, avowed to have corona outbreak in complete control and already have a military budget thrice then that of India’s. Out of the two countries in lock horn, China stand at benefit for having India not cornered but ‘centered’ among enraged rival states as India in full support of its geographically distant allies is blinded to the importance of having an ally with whom you share a border but then again they wouldn’t know, considering the history of political walk of India, especially under Narender Modi’s regime that shredded secular India’s image into pieces, the country has never been known to have had maintained a brotherly relation with any of its neighbor, be it China, Pakistan, Nepal even with Bangladesh the ‘Conflict and Cooperate’ relation stands. U.S. President Donald Trump offers help to mitigate the conflict between China and India while he himself have been continuously poking the eye of the Beijing and is at the brink of starting a cold war with China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reacted to the US President’s offer saying, neither of the two countries want the “intervention” from a third party to resolve the current military standoff. India also had sidelined Washington’s offered help in initiating peace talk in the past over Kashmir dispute with Pakistan.
“Between China and India we have existing border related mechanisms and communication channels”, Zhao told a media briefing here when asked about Trump’s offer.
“We are capable of properly resolving the issues between us through dialogue and consultation. We do not need the intervention of the third party”, he said.
“We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
Now whilst India stand among 9 worst coronavirus hit counties, the tensions at LAC increases, Indian media reported that according to Intelligence sources, a group of 20 Talibans is being trained by Pakistan’s Special Service Group in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad to carry out terror attacks in IOK, they claimed. The noose getting tighter, India facing threats at every front has waived to Nepal, to talk out the dispute instead of letting the border issue fester and opening up to engaging with Nepal on the basis of mutual respect and trust to resolve the issue after Nepal issued a new political map which included Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani areas. India’s response to its disputed territory with Nepal and the country’s new map would have been completely different, if it did not have its plate full already. India now is relieved but still cautious as Nepal puts its revised map on hold for now.
China’s strongest ally and India’s longest standing enemy Pakistan and its mainstream media’s silence over the issue despite of ongoing unarmed clashes between the Indian and Chinese soldiers and stand offs being taken place at more than one place is troubling India, for they have no idea of what stance Pakistan holds over the dispute, while heavy ceasefire at LoC did not stop even amid corona-crisis in the past months causing civilian causalities on Pakistan side.
On October 20, 1962, china waged war on oblivious India invading Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh and claimed Aksai Chi in the battle which went on for a month until China announced a ceasefire on November 20, 1962, India lost terribly. Amidst a war between two Asian giants, the most serious challenge India could have faced was Pakistan, but fortunate for India was hand tied by Washington and was made sure not to open a second front against India. Pakistan’s then president Ayub Khan told Kennedy that he wanted “compensation” from India in Kashmir for Pakistan’s neutrality during the war. Kennedy made clear to Ayub that he will be enduring any such compensations whatsoever, and that Pakistani any interference in the war in the Himalayas would be seen by Washington as a belligerent act. After the war ended in November, Kennedy did encourage India-Pakistan talks on Kashmir that went on for six rounds through 1963. Which till date, especially now has been nothing but futile. In a rational approach and after Delhi riots which were condemned by the entire world including Arab countries with also a mention of Kashmir’s on-going, an almost of 8 month long inhumane lockdown, Pakistan, silent on Ladakh conflict, not to be making the same mistake again that it did in 1962 and in case of a war between India and China, this time is feared to be opening second front on India over irate Kashmir dispute since 2019 Pulwama face-off, which will this time be backed by its postulate allies and also the states against India’s chronic, recently peaked racial governmental policies. In which case, considering how Pakistan’s countless pleas to UN regarding Indian policies in IOK, went in vain and Washington’s biased role, none of the dominions are at a position to halt any of Pakistan’s moves unlike 1962.
The Writer is Analyst, Social activist and a public speaker at youth conferences.