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I have deliberately made the two names ‘India’, and ‘China’ into one word, instead of using the term coined by Mr Jairam Ramesh, called ‘Chindia’ , which though witty, scarcely does any service to either ‘India’ or ‘China’. This post is in response to the book produced by the India International Center, and published by Harper Collins.

 I was for long a person, who looked at the diplomat/statesman Krishna Menon, with circumspection, before I spoke about him. This is due to the image in my mind, of a mercurial statesman, similar to the Japanese politician Matsuoka, who was very prominent in the public perception of  the people of Japan, at one point of time, in their history. I must admit, that my perception was probably wrong. Mr Krishna Menon is also the first statesman in India, whom I have understood to have stated in terms very easy to understand, that those who govern India, do so, not secure in the conviction, that they are completely right. This is a very endearing admission. The powers that be, who govern India, should communicate this line of belief of theirs, to the population. Instead, they act in a manner, which is not favorable to their own interests, by intimating to the public of India, that all the perceived mis-management that we see in India, is a cause of their deliberate, confident will. Perhaps, the politician does not know, whether he/she is right, at all, in the decisions that he/she takes. The perception that one has of the Indian politician, and those who belong to the Indian Civil Services, is that these people are secure in the conviction, that they have no job to do. Perhaps, I have over-stated the case.

The People’s Republic of China, by what was exhibited in Mr Menon’s writing, in the book, take themselves extremely seriously, and do not require to entertain thoughts about whether they are right or wrong. I am perhaps, again overstating the case. The Chinese today, do not seem like that at all. The Chinese, during the war with India, were not concerned with public perception in the United States, USSR, and other nations. Perhaps, they saw themselves, as simply a nation, who did not need to explain to themselves, or to others, their opinions and actions, in the realm of domestic affairs, or foreign affairs. This is the reason, why they antagonised world opinion during the Cold War. I believe, that they made themselves truly a non-aligned nation, during the cold war. By engaging the world community, because the nation of the People’s Republic of China wants to perceive herself as being a nation which is engaging a part of the world community, actively, on one hand, and engaging another part of the world community passively, on the other, she is loosing, perhaps, the ease of conscience, which she exhibited before.

 Perhaps, this is the result, of consciously striving for an identity of ones choice, among many others, after the end of a period. Under Mao Tse-Tung, the Chinese Communist Party, strove to be a world power, without engaging other powers. Mao Tse-Tung was preoccupied with the internal affairs of China, and did not try to engage the international community of nations, vigorously. He tried to make China take the path to greatness, in comparison to other leading nations, but without the need to engage these other nations, unless there was a motive, in his interests to do so, so as to influence the internal workings of China. Perhaps, his antagonism towards the U S S R, and India, was for the benefit of the  perception of the Chinese citizen, who influenced the internal state of the Chinese nation. I believe, that the Cultural Revolution, was totally a result of this outlook.

 What was the cause of the antagonism between the nations of India, and China, when in ancient times, the two nations were one, in a shared culture? Perhaps, Mao Tse-Tung, equated the diplomatic dealings of India, along with those of all the nations who found him unfriendly, to be opportunistic, and in the long term, pernicious to the affairs of China. Perhaps, he remembered the colonial past of China, and the corresponding exploitation of China, and found India’s good relations with her former colonial ruler unsual, and to be wary of. 

 I believe, that India, and China, have figured out, that there is no danger to the soveriegnty of either nation, on the part of either nation, or on the part of military action by any other nation. Also, India and China have a policy of interaction, today, which shows consideration towards, each other.  Both are equally considerate, while interacting with each other. This can only foster peace, between the two nations.


Written by discussionofviews

June 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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