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retired Army Colonel

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Chinese Intrusion

Indian bankruptcy of its National Strategy and pragmatic leadership is not a whistle blown from trumpets of WikiLeaks but a brooding repetitive thought with a despair. Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, like a novice jumped to accept Chinese suzerainty over Tibet, rather bargaining to have the Indo-Tibet Border demarcated as a prelude to our generosity. We withdrew from Chumbi Valley and Askai Chin areas as a good neighbourly gesture. Yet, Chinese Army rode down the Himalayas outraging the Indian integrity. Our Army took 9 years to come out of the scare of abominable Chinaman and the mirage of never ending  assaulting waves of PLA assaulting one after the other.

WW II was fought between the Allied and Axis Forces, in a third country as the battle ground, and the British training pamphlets sprouted from there. Even prior to that WW I had the similar deployment and the strategy or tactical concepts dwell in that context. Our bookish Generalship and incompetent political leadership could not read a simple cast that we from the times of history have the raiders from North and the Sea. We have frontiers and not borders with our neighbours. British India and Republic of India are two states with  different geo-political influence. Before, we regroup to protect our fence it has to be erected in its first place. 1962 lessons were drawn down the drain or whiskey in the officer's messes. we left 150Km of territory in Arunachal undeveloped so that Chinese forces find difficult logistically invade us and we need not defend it. How do you like that? Thanks to General Sundarji we had "Op Falcon" launched in response to Wang-drung-Chu intrusion. Instead of developing politico-military deterence we thinned out inwake of growing better relations and cutting costs. Any layman will tell why should Chinese invade? They can keep nibbling and inching forward. They have permanent defences, permanent logistic bases and not occupying a Firm Base or vulnerable Logistic echelons like British Armies had fighting Germans in France or in North Africa. Chinese have decades and not H-hour based time plan. we were to put our military acumen together to evolve a Border-Frontier and LAC management strategy as well as tactical drills.

But we neither made fence nor thought of protecting it. to make the matter worse we had a division of the subcontinent which also had no fence demarcated. in 1971, we had created history and master piece of  a 'total victory'. We ran out from Bangla Desh little slower than a retreating or fleeting Army. We could have relinquished Bangala Desh deliberately only after erecting our fence with her public ratification. Are these rocket science in political maneuvers?

Today, we have LAC and disputed borders all around. A simple old adage that  "neater fence make good neighbours" never made sense to our imbecile strategic leadership, both military and political.