The Chinese incursion in eastern Ladakh has prompted the Sangh Parivar to peddle the encircled India theory. RSS journals Organiser and Panchjanya have cover stories on the developments at the India-China border and the differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control. An article in Organiser slams the government for downplaying these incursions.
The article notes that Indian military experts have repeatedly stressed the need for China to send a military map to India agreeable to both countries for an early demarcation of the LAC. But the Indian government has not given priority to it,it alleges. This comes at a time when the new Chinese leadership promises to engage with India. There is an urgent need to understand the strategic value of these incursions and to establish Indias own grand strategy to counter-balance the Chinese. China has played its cards well. It has,firstly,created many non-negotiable pressure-points such as Aksai Chin… Secondly,it has countered Indian core concerns with its own individually… leaving India with almost no significant strategic pressure points over China.
An article by RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav discusses the proposed constitutional amendment bill to ratify the 1974 Indira-Mujib Pact on India-Bangladesh border demarcation. He calls it a flawed deal that involves Indian territory being transferred to Bangladesh without compensation. There are two major contentious issues in this… The statement without claim to compensation for the additional area going to Bangladesh is the first. How can any government agree to a clause that is a gross violation of the principle of sovereignty? Is the prime minister authorised to simply give away territory in that manner? Internationally,when exchange of territory is mandated,it is ensured that both sides are equally compensated. He terms as ridiculous the governments argument for pushing through the amendment. They claim there is a friendly government in power in Bangladesh under Sheikh Hasina and that it is the right time to settle all outstanding border issues and that a good gesture by India would yield better results in bilateral issues in future. Fair enough. But does that mean India should acquiesce to an unequal agreement?… if the government of the day in Bangladesh is a friendly one,then this is the right time to go for the best deal,not a flawed one, he adds.
Arms and drugs
Panchjanyas editorial on the threats to Indias internal security from the smuggling of drugs across borders argues that money raised from such smuggling is being used to buy arms and ammunition,which,in turn,is being used by terrorists and jihadi elements to wage a war against India. It points out that Pakistan on Indias northwest and Myanmar on the northeast are two of the biggest producers of illegal drugs. It is because of this link between smuggling of drugs and arms that many parts of the country,including the Northeast,Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir,are today facing problems of extremism,and internal disturbances have started, it says.
Compiled by Manoj C.G.