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Dalai Lama event shifted: India back to its old ways of bending backwards to please China
One thought that after the 73-day tough stand-off with China at Doklam which not only surprised China but finally made it blink and withdraw, India had learnt a lesson that the only way to deal with China is from a position of strength.

However, it looks like after the departure of the previous Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and appointment of new Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, who has spent a fairly long time in China, we are again back to the policy of bending backwards to please China. A disastrous policy which will only earn ridicule and snigger for India.

The Tibetan government-in-exile had planned two major events at Delhi on the 60th anniversary of coming to India of the Dalai Lama. An interfaith prayer was organised at Raj Ghat and a 'Thank You India' event at New Delhi. Instead of Indian netas attending in numbers there, just not to annoy China, the Foreign Secretary Gokhale wrote to the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha that since India-China relations are going through a sensitive phase, senior leaders and government officials must be discouraged from attending these EVENTS. So Sinha sent a directive to this effect to the Centre and the states. Now the interfaith prayer at Raj Ghat has been cancelled and Thank You India event shifted to Dharamsala.

This entire episode highlights as to how the spineless babudom of India controls functioning of the government in power with political masters as puppets. China does no favours to India. It allows limited reach to its markets while it controls the entire Indian market. Why do we allow it? The world's largest communist nation is the only hindrance to India's entry into Nuclear Supplier's Group (NSG). China is adamant that if India is given NSG membership,then Pakistan must also be allowed in to the high table grouping.

China is hell bent on shielding the jehadi Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed, on Pakistan's bidding. China has already strategically surrounded India both by land and sea. From its Xinxiang province it has built a road connecting Pakistan via Karakoram Highway. From Karakorum, it is connecting Pakistan's Gwadar port located on the Arabian Sea with a network of roads and rails known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),a 3000 km-long project in Balochistan province of Pakistan.

In the Indian Ocean, China has built a naval base at Djibouti and now is on the verge of building another in the Maldives. In Sri Lanka, it is already operating the Habantota port which it has taken on a lease of 99 years. Last year, China tried to occupy the Zampiri Ridge in Doklam plateau, which falls in Bhutanese territory. India interposed itself. The standoff lasted for 73 days, after which China finally blinked.

China has purposely created border dispute with India on the 3800 km-long border by not accepting the MacMohan line. China is claiming 90000 sq km area of Arunachal Pradesh and 38000 sq km area of Aksai Chin, falling inthe Indian territory, as its own.

Up tillrecently, India had been running around with its tail between its legs on Chinese bullying. However, for the first time, it took a stand in Doklam and got positive results. But now, with the new Foreign Secretary Gokhale taking over, it looks like India's tail is back between its legs. In the long run, this is a recipe for disaster. If this becomes a habit, China will continually play the displeasure card to strategically restrain and hem India. It is time our political masters develop some spine and learn to take tough decisions.

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