Newspapers are known for screaming headlines. I suspect journalists often get paid in proportion to the sensationalism their words and headlines can generate in readers. Especially so when it comes to India's foreign relations!
So it is with India's relations with China. An uninformed visitor to India who would read through the past 6 months of national newspapers will invarialbly derive the conclusion that China is on the verge of taking over large parts of India along the borders, starting with Arunachal Pradesh, and ending at Kashmir. She is also likely to conclude that Pakistan is greatly benefitting from all this and getting tremendous support in maintaining its illegal occupation of large parts of Jammu and Kashmir state of India.
Right, and Wrong.
So what should India now do? How should we react to Chinese moves? Can we really contain China's naked aggression towards us, its leaders' propensity to issue sick, stupid and senseless statements against India?
Here are the facts that must be known before you can reach some idea about India's possible course of action
Globally, when it comes to economic interests, China is deeply tied up with America. Most of this tieup is now turning negative, as the US has plunged into a deep crisis, first economic, and now strategic.
China's economy was touted as the unbreakable engine of global growth. The sweat and tears of its leaders in past 12 months has proven it is not quite that.
China is a nation run by a grand gang of stick-wielding communists, not a flexible modern democracy like India. Gangs usually fail after people get tired of them. And just because you are the State, does not mean you are not a gang.
India's strategic advantages over China in terms of long-term social stability and human growth are far more superior.
China maintains a force-fed military threat over eveyone in Asia, but it dare not use it, for its economy may slip terribly post-that adventure.
Once these facts are studied carefully, India can confidently move to quash the stupidity that China indulges in frequently, against it. Here is what I propose
India must forcefully speak out in favour of the terrible harrassment that ethnic minorities in China occupied territories face. One example - Uighur muslims in Xinjiang province.
India must continously berate and remind China of its inhuman takeover of a beatiful religious stage - Tibet.
India must raise formal objections on all international fora to the presence of China in all such territories.
India must attach pre-conditions to American companies' presence in Indian markets that make it mandatory for the US to support India in such strategic moves against China.
India must open its market to Chinese companies, and force China to economically engage with it, and parallel continuously berate China for its aggression and killing of innocent ethnic minorities around its occupied territories.
The Indian political system across the entire spectrum from Right-wingers to extreme left-wingers must speak in unison on this matter.
India must make a permanent base for the Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh, and must popularise and promote it as a tourist destination.
For various Chinese territories that are adjoining to Indian borders, India must issue permits to visit, that are not visas.
If India can react in a coordinate and strategic manner, it will be no time before the supposedly unshakeable dragon called China will be on its knees begging to be left alone.
We have allowed them to hit us below the belt for far too long now. It is time to talk to them in the only language they understand. Will the Indian political establishment please wake up?