To challenge China again, what is Indias mentality?

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 To challenge China again, what is Indias mentality?


Indian Army crossing the line illegally again!

On August 31, senior colonel Zhang Shuiyuan, spokesman of the Western Theater of war, delivered a speech on the Sino Indian border situation. He pointed out that the Indian army destroyed the consensus reached in the previous multi-level talks and held illegal cross-border occupation and control in the South Bank of Bangong Lake and near the reqin mountain pass, openly provoked and caused tension in the border.

Indias move has seriously violated Chinas territorial sovereignty, seriously damaged the peace and stability in the border areas between China and India, and betrayed its promise and betrayed its promise. China strongly opposes this.

The Chinese side solemnly demands that India immediately withdraw its forces illegally crossing the line, strictly control and restrict the front-line forces, earnestly abide by its commitments, and avoid further escalation of the situation. The Chinese army is taking necessary measures and will pay close attention to the development of the situation and resolutely safeguard Chinas territorial sovereignty and peace and stability in the border areas.

Why does India always have conflicts with its neighbors? Why is India always indomitable, aggressive and even actively provoking war on the issue of territorial boundaries? Complex big country mentality, unique geo strategic environment, traditional religious and cultural concepts and realistic national security considerations are the key incisions to answer these questions and understand Indias South Asia policy.

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u00b7Nehru (1889-1964) is the first founder of Indias dream of great power, and also the longest serving Prime Minister of India. He has been in office for 17 years and has made a profound mark on Indias foreign policy.

Even earlier in the 1930s, Nehru outlined in his autobiography an ambitious picture of the greater Indian Federation: my personal vision of the future is this: I think there will be a union in the future, including China, India, Myanmar, Sikkim, Afghanistan and other countries.

Liu Zongyi, an expert on South Asia issues and an associate researcher at the Shanghai Institute of international studies, believes that the greater Indian Federation is blind chauvinism and blind self-confidence. Since its independence in 1947, India and its neighboring countries in South Asia have been in constant friction and conflict, which is closely related to this ambitious big country mentality. The root causes should be found and explored from Indias special culture, geography and the reality after independence.

As one of the four ancient civilizations in the world, India has a long and splendid culture, which is enough to make people proud of a great country. At the same time, as Marx said, Indias history is a history of being conquered again and again, and the humiliating colonial memory also stimulates Indias desire for the status of a great power. In addition, the majority of Indian people believe in Hinduism, which is a religion established in strict accordance with the high and low hierarchy and caste system. Under the caste system, people of each caste class can only work at the corresponding level. India regards caste hierarchy as the basis for understanding the world and believes that India should also be at the top of the world hierarchy.

From a geographical perspective, India is located in the center of the South Asian subcontinent, with the Himalayas as a natural barrier. Its neighboring countries are weak and do not border each other. They surround India like a crowd of stars. It is difficult to unite to form an effective control over India. More importantly, in South Asia, India is far ahead in terms of population, land and resources, scientific and technological strength, military strength and economic level. The joint action of these factors is the realistic basis of the emergence of Indian centralism.

In the history of Indias pursuit of great power status, Nehru is a key figure that cannot be bypassed. On August 15, 1947, as the founding prime minister, he declared Indias independence in Parliament and delivered a speech: a long time ago, we had an agreement with fate, now the time has come to fulfill our oath When the midnight bell rings and the world is still asleep, India will wake up and welcome life and freedom. He was the first founder of Indias dream of a great power and the longest serving Prime Minister of India. He has been in office for 17 years and concurrently served as Minister of foreign affairs. He has great power, which has made a profound mark on Indias foreign policy.

In order to turn the ideal of a great power with sound and color into reality, Nehru government regarded itself as the natural successor of the British Empire, fully inherited the sphere of influence of the British colonists in South Asia, and began to play the role of British hegemony, suppressing and controlling the neighboring countries in South Asia. It can be said that Indias big power mentality also inherited from the British Empire, which regards the neighboring countries of the South Asian subcontinent as part of its own security system and tries to establish so-called strategic borders around it. Liu Zongyi told reporters of people around the world..

Outside South Asia, Nehrus most famous foreign policy is to advocate non alignment. Nonalignment is an important global foreign policy of Nehru. He is neither a small partner of the United States nor a small partner of the Soviet Union, but a third force between the two poles that can influence the world. Liu said. The non aligned policy has the positive effect of opposing the cold war, hegemonism and colonialism, but it also contains the side of Nehru pursuing the status of a great power in the name of non alignment. According to Nehrus plan, it will take at least 10-15 years for new India to carry out economic reconstruction and development. Therefore, it is particularly important to mediate between the United States and the Soviet Union to seek a stable surrounding environment. With Indias concentrated development of heavy industry, after completing the first Five-Year Plan in 1956, Nehru has been full of confidence in realizing the dream of a world power. Now looking around the world, in addition to the three big countries of the United States, the Soviet Union and China, there are many advanced civilized countries. Looking forward to the future, if there are no mistakes, such as war and other factors, it is obvious that India will be the fourth largest country in the world. .

u00b7A group photo of the five promoters of the non aligned movement. From left: Indian Prime Minister Nehru, Ghanaian President Nkrumah, Egyptian President Nasser, Indonesian President Sukarno, and Yugoslavian President Tito.

However, the Sino Indian border self-defense counterattack in 1962 shattered the illusion that India had the status of a great power. This war is Nehrus biggest mistake. Liu Zongyi said, from 1959 to 1962, India has been implementing a forward policy , crossing the McMahon line unilaterally advocated by India in the east section, and constantly crossing the traditional customary line and establishing occupation positions in the west section. In 1960, Premier Zhou went to New Delhi for talks with Nehru, seeking a peaceful settlement of the dispute, but the negotiations failed. Combined with the domestic and international situation that China faced at that time, the Nehru government wrongly judged that China would further retreat on the border issue, so it did not want to negotiate or even compromise with China. This misjudgment eventually led to the outbreak of self-defense counterattack on the Sino Indian border and the defeat of India.

Nehru died in 1964. His political ambition and Indias international reputation in the non aligned movement made a generation of Indians full of pride. Since then, successive governments have never given up pursuing the ideal of a big country in terms of Governing Strategies and foreign policies. However, as Stephen Cohen, a famous American scholar in South Asia, pointed out: Nehru is a powerful power, and has been committed to creating opportunities for India to show its splendor in the international diplomatic arena He is compared to a leafy bodhi tree, which provides shade for people under the tree, but it also hinders their growth in the long run.

From Indira doctrine to gujaralism,

As Nehrus daughter, Mahatma Gandhi continued to consolidate Indias dominant position in South Asia and continued Nehrus diplomatic philosophy. During his 15 years in office, he strongly annexed Sikkim and dismembered Pakistan in the third India Pakistan war, making East Pakistan independent as Bangladesh. Since then, the power gap between Pakistan and India has further widened, and Indias regional hegemony has been further consolidated.

In the Nehru Period, India established a relatively sound industrial system relying on British legacy industry, US Soviet aid and self-reliance. During the period of British Gandhi, India signed the Treaty of peace, friendship and cooperation with the Soviet Union. Liu Zongyi believes that although India still claims to be non aligned at this time, this treaty has already meant a de facto alliance. With the aid of the Soviet Union, Indias defense industry has attracted much attention, including the development and utilization of atomic energy. The secret development of nuclear weapons is no longer a secret.

In 1983, Mahatma Gandhi issued a statement declaring that India strongly opposed the interference of big powers outside the region in the internal affairs of other countries in South Asia, especially those considered harmful to Indias interests. Therefore, South Asian countries should not ask for assistance from any outside country. If they really need help, they should only seek help from India. This is the famous Indira doctrine. It reflects the traditional concept of India, that is, South Asia is a cultural and geographical unity with India as the center. Meanwhile, it emphasizes Indias willingness to dominate South Asia and will never allow foreign powers to have a foothold in the region. Indira doctrine has been called the peak of regional power politics by scholars. Since then, the relationship between India and its neighboring countries has become tense.

In 1984, Gandhi was assassinated. His son, Rajiv Gandhi, was appointed as prime minister when he was in danger. At the beginning of taking office, he began to ease the tension with neighboring countries. In the first few years, he visited Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, and invited the king of Bhutan, the king of Nepal, the president of Pakistan and the president of Sri Lanka to visit India. In order to break the deadlock between India and Pakistan, he resumed the official negotiations between India and Pakistan, which had been suspended in 1984, and met with Pakistani President Zia HAQ for many times. During the meeting, he assured each other not to attack each others nuclear facilities, which greatly improved India Pakistan Relations. During this period, Indias relations with other countries in South Asia also eased. In December 1985, the heads of seven South Asian countries held a meeting in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and decided to establish the South Asian Association for regional cooperation. But at the same time, India directly sent troops to Sri Lanka to intervene in Sri Lankas civil war. This has added to the worries and fears of India among other South Asian neighbors.

u00b7During his term of office, Rajiv Gandhi (Center) met with Pakistani President Zia HAQ (right).

In 1996, indr Kumar gujaral, then Minister of foreign affairs of India and then prime minister in 1997, proposed a good neighbourly policy, which was later called gujararianism. This policy contains five basic principles: India does not ask for reciprocity to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, but sincerely gives trust and help; never allow any South Asian country to conduct acts within the territory of any South Asian country that is detrimental to the interests of other countries in the region; non-interference in each others internal affairs; mutual respect for territorial integrity and sovereign independence; and South Asian countries should Settle disputes through bilateral peaceful negotiations.

Although several successive governments followed the gujararianism and made concessions to neighboring countries, such as allowing Nepalese manufacturing products to enter the Indian market duty-free, opening a long-distance bus line with Bangladesh, and relaxing the travel visa requirements for Pakistan, Indias South Asia policy has not dispelled the doubts and concerns of neighboring countries. The nature of India as the center of South Asia and the fact that Indias strength far exceeds the total of its neighboring countries remain unchanged; specific disputes such as the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan still exist. As long as India and Pakistan continue to confront each other, Indias South Asia policy will not make substantial progress.

Indias policy, too, often wavers between toughness and benevolence. For example, during his term as prime minister, atar Bihari Vajpayee first talked about power diplomacy. In 1998, under the pretext of China Threat Theory, he conducted five nuclear tests in two months, with the purpose of improving relations with the United States and deterring neighboring countries. Later, in February 1999, he took a bus from Delhi to Lahore, Pakistans border city, creating a famous bus diplomacy; but soon after that, he took a bus from Delhi to Lahore, Pakistans border city A large number of fighter planes and helicopter gunships were sent out during the Kargil conflict in Indian controlled Kashmir, claiming to eliminate armed infiltrators supported by Pakistan.

u00b7Vajpayee pursued power diplomacy and conducted nuclear tests many times during his term of office.

On the whole, gujararianism is a South Asian policy implemented under the premise of ensuring Indias supremacy in South Asia. Its essence has not gone beyond the India centered theory. Instead, it has changed the aggressive and tough measures in the past, and adopted various means, including tenderness, to make neighboring countries accept Indias great power status in a more covert way.

The provocation of neighboring countries is to shift domestic conflicts

In recent months, India has had border conflicts with Nepal, Pakistan and China. Liu Zongyis analysis shows that behind this seemingly crazy move, there is actually the consideration of shifting domestic intensified multiple contradictions.

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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia is also a heavy blow to Indias great power dream. In recent years, Indias economic reform measures have always been difficult to promote due to economic nationalism and the inherent interests of the ruling class. Before the outbreak of the epidemic, many political elites and people of insight in India still had an expectation that as long as reform was promoted, India would become a big country on an equal footing with China. However, after the outbreak of the epidemic, a considerable number of elites were frustrated and completely disappointed. Liu Zongyi believes that the serious epidemic situation, economic hardship and strong disappointment are intertwined, which has stimulated India to once again provoke and transfer contradictions.

Liu pointed out that the gradual expansion of Indias Anti China sentiment was not the result of Indias increasingly strong anti China sentiment, but from the increasingly strong Indian nationalism and nationalism.

Last year, modis government proposed a new goal: to make Indias economy reach 5 trillion US dollars (about 34.6 trillion yuan) by 2024, and become the third largest economy in the world by 2030. Under the guidance of this goal, Indias attitude towards China is expanding day by day. In terms of China strategy, Indias strategic suspicion and anxiety are also growing day by day.

Another reason for causing trouble on the Sino Indian border is Indias Anti China sentiment. India has a broad political and social foundation against China both in history and in reality. India regarded the failure of the Sino Indian border self-defense counterattack war in 1962 as a historical disgrace, and then raised its hostility towards China to its national strategy, gradually forming a systematic situation of Anti China and Anti China.

In addition, Indias strategy of containing China with the help of the west is also taking shape. Although China has always hoped to guide Sino Indian Relations to win-win cooperation, some western countries have always been increasing their efforts to discredit and interfere in the bilateral relations between China and India, hoping to lead the relations to competition and conflict.

How to define a big country? Perhaps in terms of population, size and size, India has become a regional power, but it is not a global power yet. Liu said. Today, India is increasingly becoming a troublemaker in the region. It still has not learned to assume the responsibility of a rising power, still has not given up its ambition to dominate the weak neighboring countries, and still needs to solve the political and economic system and structural problems. The dream of a big country with voice and color is still far away.

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