Defence News: The only thing stopping a war between India and China seems to be India’s patience and caution. Soldiers from both sides are currently in a face-off along the border in Sikkim after the chinese intruded into Indian territory, destroyed two bunkers and stopped a batch of pilgrims headed for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Indian troops forcibly stopped Chinese personnel from advancing further into Indian territory.
Looks like there is no end to chinese greed for land and resources. Border incursions, air violations and standoffs are common. It’s only Indian causion that lends some peace to the winds, otherwise there would be a war by now if chinese aggression was to be reciprocated. Times of India reported “Sources said the People’s Liberation Army troops had “transgressed” into Indian territory in the Doka La region at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction and destroyed two Indian Army bunkers in Lalten area around 10 days ago. ”
“There was some jostling and a scuffle between the rival troops. Our soldiers formed a human wall to deny the PLA troops from making further inroads,” said a source. A flag meeting was subsequently held between senior Army officers from the two sides but the face-off could not be defused, with the rival troops maintaining their positions.
The Army, on being contacted by TOI, refused to say anything about the incident. The external affairs ministry, on its part, had last week raised with China its refusal to allow entry to around 50 pilgrims headed for Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet through the Nathu La in Sikkim.
The Indian Army twice asked for a flag meeting with PLA to defuse the tension, with China finally agreeing to a meeting on June 20. It was then that China said it would not allow Indian pilgrims to cross over for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The pilgrims subsequently returned to Gangtok after waiting till June 23.
Though there is no cross-border firing like along the 778-km Line of Control with Pakistan, border transgressions and face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops occur almost on a daily basis at different stretches along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control, with eastern Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh in particular being major flashpoints.
Over the last few years, Indian army has build bunkers and refurbished some old bunkers in sikkim to improve it’s defences against the rash actions of the PLA. PLA has stepped up it’s tricky games along the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet-Junction.
Where are the peace hawks?
These incidents are a grim reminder of Nehru policy and ill prepared India that had to face an embarrassing war with China in 62. Peace hawks and so called “activists” who cry for peace and lecture us on maintaining peace at every cost should now approach china and deliver their lectures. Government inaction, super bleak budgets, no military thinking and so called huge “subsidy based” pro poor budgets (where they ate away all the money in scams of course) in the earlier decades has led to this situation. Whereas economic progress and military might could have been achieved with good governance, no enemy would have dared to look at our lands with a dirty eye.
Even today, military muscle is missing, it takes a long time for Mr. Parikkar to assure us we would get good defences, then he flies off to goa. Empty promises, all talk, not enough deliveries. Now we have Mr. Jaitley, and he is not a full timer. Hanging defence deals, leaders pondering why we should spend on more fighters, lots of policy mess and so on and so forth is holding India’s defence to a ransom. It’s imperative that these people wake up to the threats which can easily turn into an ugly war. It’s imperative that we assign 5% GDP to national defence budget and arm India to the teeth. By now we should have factories rolling with mass produced weapons, not testing itsy-bitsy weapons here and there. Call me a war mongerer, but when these rouge forces impose war, where will we find our footing? For this is the only way to deal with 2 neighbors hell bent on breaking India.