By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 11 August 2017
War seems to be increasingly inevitable between India and China, looking at the way strident talk of war and show of strength are building from the Chinese side, with India reacting with massive military deployment on the Sino-Indian border, in the two-month-old stand-off between the two countries.
What sparked the confrontation is an area of about 90 sq km at a tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan called Doklam, where India attempted to stop China from extending a road from Yadong to Doka La pass. It is close to the Bhutanese border on the Doklam plateau. Bhutan has objected to China’s road construction in the disputed area, and India came to its rescue criticising China for “crossing the border” and attempting to construct an “illegal” road since June. Meanwhile China has criticised India for entering “China’s territory”. Unlike China and Bhutan, India does not have a claim on Doklam; however, India supports Bhutan’s claim on it.
China is throwing India a challenge in an apparent attempt to establish its superiority over India. But this is not the same 1962 India that China is asking to take lessons from. India has built the capability to face any eventuality. China claim to have superior war capabilities, and be it as it may, but the destruction that China itself would have to endure from a war, only time will tell.
As the tremors of the stand-off were felt in Delhi, some jittery armchair warriors went out of their way to target the Dalai Lama and Tibetans, blaming them for not doing anything to stop the war.
A politician from the ruling party wrote in Indian media: “Even as India-China ties touch a new low over a border dispute and war clouds loom large, the absence of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama from the scene is unbelievable to say the least. Not only the Dalai Lama, but even the Tibetans living in India are silent.”
However it seems that the reality is a bit different. Wasn’t it the Dalai Lama who mooted the idea of having Tibet as a buffer zone between India and China? Let alone even supporting this idea, India paid no heed to it all.
The Dalai Lama has long said that India is ‘over-cautious’ with regard to her Tibet-China policy. He asked India for a firmer Tibet policy. His words were seen as not important and serious enough, and India chose to remain silent.
The Dalai Lama and the Tibetans have for more than half a century stood against the ill designs and policies and activities of china. The Tibetan people have fought for India in wars which brought victories, and continue to safeguard India’s borders at the highest battlefields in the world.
Tibetans will continue to side with India for everything it has done to keep the Tibetan struggle alive, and in return Tibetans will side with India without any hair of doubt, considering the repressive Chinese policies in Tibet.
The Dalai Lama has said that there would be no victors in a war, and talks were the only option. What are your thoughts about a war between two such big countries in today’s times? Would war be an effective means to resolve the current stand-off, considering the massive destruction both will suffer, which will have expansive ramifications for a long time to come?