How would India remember Manohar Parikar?
Successive Indian governments supported an aggressive China. But all of this stopped when Narendra Modi came to power at the center in 2014
In his article in the Japan Times, Sujan R Chinoy, the director general of the Delhi-based Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, peeled off, layer by layer, China's expansion design since the 1950s and how it stalled when Narendra Modi became prime minister from India. He said while troubled India-China relations are well recorded. But China tried to forever blur public memories of its military takeover of Xinjiang and Tibet in 1949 and 1950. After China moved to Tibet, Interior Minister Sardar Vallabbhai Patel warned Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in his November 7 letter. 1950 of China's empty "professions of peaceful intent". It was a clear warning to India's vigilance from a neighbor whose intent was deceptive and presumptuous. The former ambassador to Japan said that the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, then a young leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, had expressed his misfortune in a parliamentary debate on November 9, 1962 that the nation's soldiers were themselves 15 years old after independence were not equipped with automatic rifles or proper uniforms. India had cut its defense budget despite facing an aggressive China in the 1950s. It had a significant impact during the war of 1962. According to the MPIDSA director general, that war took place when India supported China at the United Nations when it was denounced as an attacker on the Korean peninsula. India had even campaigned for China to join the UN Security Council. "India has been preoccupied with global causes such as chairing the Repatriation Commission of Neutral Nations in the Korean War and co-founding the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence in Bandung and has been blinded by militaristic China," Sujan Chinoy said in his article in Japanese Daily. The former diplomat added that in 1954 India was one of the first countries to recognize Tibet as part of China through the short-lived "Agreement on Trade and Traffic between the Tibetan Region of China and India". When China created an Autonomous Region in Tibet (TAR) in 1965 by annexing Tibetan lands and publishing maps claiming parts of Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh as that of China, India had no objection. But China brazenly embraced double standards when India implemented internal constitutional changes in Jammu and Kashmir by repealing Article 370 in August 2019, a bold and unprecedented decision. Successive Indian governments supported an aggressive China. However, all of this stopped when Narendra Modi came to power at the Center in 2014. His move to develop its own infrastructure along the Indian side of the LAC seems to have shaken China. China's determination to strengthen its armed forces and equip them for a robust military response has unsettled China.Read this article in detail in The Japan Times:
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