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Congress Leader Kapil Sibal wants PM Modi to correct the ‘Himalayan Blunder’?!!! Is Mr. Sibal agreeing to the point that none of the Congress leaders dared to look China in the eyes?

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show his “56 inch” chest by telling Chinese President Xi Jinping to “vacate 5,000 km of land in PoK” and also make it clear that there will be no Huawei in India for 5G.

In his tweet Sibal has written, “As Xi Jinping supports Imran Khan on Article 370 Modi Ji look him in the eye at Mamallapuram and say: 1) Vacate 5000 km of land in PoK occupied by China trans-Karakoram 2) No Huawei in India for 5G. Show your 56″ ki chhati!” Sibal said in a tweet.

“Or is it: Haathi ke daant khane ke aur dikhane ke aur “

So Kapil Sibal wants PM Modi to force China to vacate the land it captured during Pandit Nehru’s goveranance? Why did Congress leaders show any guts of doing the same when they had the glorious chance and time of almost 65 years at the centre, or else Is it so that Kapil Sibal is requesting Prime minister Modi to do something which they didn’t had guts to do?

Looks like Kapil Sibal has forgotten the blunders of the First Prime minister of Independent India, Jawaraharlal Nehru.

Memories of the year 1962 will always trouble the Indian psyche. A nation of India’s size had lulled itself into believing that its idea of peaceful co-existence would be reciprocated by the world. It was often stated that a peace loving nation like India did not need military at all. The armed forces were neglected. Political leadership took pride in denigrating the military leadership and meddled in internal affairs of the services to promote sycophancy. Foreign policy was in shambles. Intelligence apparatus was rusted.

Even though signs of China’s aggressive intentions were clearly d for years in advance, Indian leadership decided to keep its eyes shut in the fond hope that the problem would resolve itself.

When China struck, the country was caught totally unprepared. Troops were rushed to snowbound areas with summer clothing and outdated rifles. Despite numerous sagas of gallantry, the country suffered terrible embarrassment. India was on its knees. With national morale and pride in tatters, India was forced to appeal to all nations for military aid. Incompetent leadership had forced a proud nation to find solace in Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo’.

Brigadier Dalvi who served in the Indian Army and gives a first-person account of the war in his book ‘The Himalayan Blunder’. The book was banned by the Indian Government after its publication.

Because of the book, the term “Himalayan blunder” came to be used as a synonym for colossal failure in the context of Indian politics.

Chinese attacked Tibet in 1950 and captured it. India did not protest the attac owing to Nehru’s China-friendly policy. The Chinese began constructing roads from Tibet leading to Aksai Chin near Ladakh. The Chinese had two major claims with respect to Indian territories –

1) Aksai Chin in the northeastern section of Ladakh District in Jammu and Kashmir.

2) British-designated North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA), which is the present-day state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The detractors of Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru held Defence Minister Krishna Menon and General Brij Mohan Kaul responsible for the debacle and both of them resigned.

China made several attempts at having a stable border with India in the aftermath of the Tibetan crisis. Involved dangerously with Tibet and Korea, with America-backed Chiang Kai-shek’s threat looming large, Beijing was desperate for peace with New Delhi.

But the late Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister — despite an army with a brilliant record in World War II and in Kashmir — concentrated on the issue of Korea in the early 1950s, and lost a wonderful chance to get to the bottom of the boundary question. A decade later, in 1962, a militarily mightier China invaded India and humiliated it.

Nehru got his priorities wrong. As Tibet lay shattered after the Chinese overran the plateau, Nehru seemed the least bothered over the fact that a great power was virtually at his nation’s doorstep.

He went as far to say that the presence of Beijing’s soldiers in Tibet could not be confirmed. “Our primary consideration is maintenance of world peace. Recent developments have not strengthened China’s position, which will be further weakened by any aggressive action in Tibet,” he argued.

Having firmly convinced himself that what was happening in Tibet was none of his business, Nehru spent his time and energy in getting Beijing admitted to the U.N. Security Council.

The man, who saw himself as some kind of a bridge between the West and the Socialist bloc (which included the then Soviet Union), did not realize how foolish he was in pursuing this goal: China was then at war with the United Nations forces in Korea!

Obviously, Nehru’s move invited the West’s displeasure. New Delhi’s later leaning toward Moscow, coupled with its sponsorship of Mao Zedong’s policies and neglect of Tibet, also soured its relationship with Washington.

There was enough to reveal that China respected strength, and not specific pronouncements like India’s Pancha Sheel (Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence).

Over the years, the myth of Indo-Chinese friendship grew until that day in October 1962, when Lin Biao and his People’s Liberation Army were in Arunachal Pradesh.

Unlike Congress leadership, the Modi Governamnet at least stood it’s ground during Dokhlam crisis. The stand off forced China to retrieve it’s troops, has the Congress leadership forgotten that?

Dr Sindhu Prashanth

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