New Delhi, December 14:Disregarding the serious observation made against China in the Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refuted views that China is planning to attack India and maintained that the policy of both the countries is to engage in dialogue on the border issues though there has not been much progress in recent times. Singh assured the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that India's borders with China by and large remain peaceful’.
"Our government does not share the view that China plans to attack India," Singh said.
The Prime Minister's response came after Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed in the House that he has information that China has made preparations to attack India and has marked out areas near the borders for this purpose. He said the attacks were imminent. Yadav maintained
that the neighbouring country has also stopped flow of Brahmaputra river water to India.
The Prime Minister, however, maintained that he had assurance from the highest quarters that China has not stopped flow of Brahmaputra waters to India.
However Singh accepted that there were intrusions from China into areas which India considers to be a part of its territory. Though, China differs from India's claim on this issue.
“These matters are sorted out by the area commanders of the two countries,” Singh said.
The Prime Minister stated that India has followed the policy of engaging in dialogue and good relations with China and underlined that the erstwhile NDA government had also continued with this policy.
India and China have been engaged in dialogue through its representatives on the border issue. Singh said both countries had made some progress in talks in 2005 and thereafter, but in recent times not much has been made.
Manmohan Singh’s firmness on trusting China is reminding the same firmness shown by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru which was later termed by the Nation as his personal foolishness and daydreaming nature which cost the Nation heavily when China attacked India in 1962. At that time, India was leading the Non-Aligned Movement and Nehru was enjoying and eyeing the international prestige. But Nehru’s usage of the term ‘Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai’ (meaning-Indians and Chinese are brothers) failed to affect China’s aggressive mindset which is visible for years after the 1962 war also.
Nehru faced harsh criticism from government officials, for having promoted pacifist relations with China. Indian President Radhakrishnan said that Nehru's government was crude and negligent about preparations. Nehru admitted that Indians had been living in a world of own understanding. The Indian politicians spent considerable efforts on removing Defence Minister Krishna Menon for losing complete focus on pushing back the invaders. The Indian army was divided because of Krishna Menon’s playing favorites, and overall 1962 war was seen as a combination of a military debacle and as bad a political disaster by Indians.
In 1954, China and India agreed first formal codification in treaty form in an agreement. The “Agreement (with exchange of notes) on trade and intercourse between Tibet Region of China and India”, which was signed at Peking on 29 April 1954. This agreement stated the five principles as, Mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, Mutual non-aggression, Mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs, Equality and mutual benefit, and Peaceful co-existence on which Nehru’s blind foreign policy depended heavily.
It seems that the Congress Government is ignoring China’s heavy infrastructure development in Tibet region, constantly claiming of Arunachal Pradesh, establishing its Military bases in all neighboring and nations surrounding India. The Nation is concerned about this serious ignorance.
Nehru’s same excessive trust on China and fatal ignorance towards domestic warnings about China are again visible in the statements made by PM Manmohan Singh on Wednesday in the Parliament. These statements are evident that the ‘Nehru Bug’ of ‘Ignorant, adamant and daydreaming nature of Congress’, which cost India heavily in 1962, has been well preserved by the Congress Party and has recently bite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.