Editorial: India Needles China Via Dalai Lama

Sunil Dang, Editor-in-Chief THE DAYAFTER

In geo-political set up, countries close to India by virtue of trait and culture are standing against New Delhi. However, our diplomats are not ignorant of this. They have been trying hard in this regard. As result, two of such nations — Bangladesh and Australia — came close to India in the last fortnight. But, Teesta Treaty failed to see the light and hence PM Modi’s plan to federalize Indian foreign policy. By putting hitherto into the Teesta Treaty, Mamata Banerje might have garnered political dividends but it would come at the cost of West Bengal. Post Bangladesh PM Sheikh Haseena’s state visit, India has scored in SAARC and NSG, which New Delhi must sustain in future because Beijing has survived the Washington ire with limited options. It also looks that Indian government is trying to remind the global leadership about the Tibet issue by needling China through Dalai Lama. With one shot in Syria, Donald Trump has broken the myth that he is a ‘beck and call’ person of the Kremlin. His decision of 59 strikes in Syria has given clear message to both Beijing and Pyongyang that they shouldn’t follow Moscow with blind eye. This act would force Homeland Security to stop investigating Donald Trump’s integrity towards America because Trump has done the same which Americans and global leadership expects from an American president. But, Trump needs a course correction while tackling ISIS as terror organizations have started to target places of worships as we witnessed recently at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine in Pakistan, Charar-e-Sharif in Kashmir and at Christian palaces of worships in Egypt.

After long exercise to bring peace in Kashmir, the valley is still facing unrest which became visible when only 7 percent people turned out to cast their votes in recent Lok Sabha by-polls. Hence, we need a law where an election would be deemed to be cancelled if it registers below the particular percentage of net electorates in the constituency. When Kashmir valley is facing unrest, former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s statement to initiate Indo-Pak bilateral talks would further fuel the fire in J&K. His statement has come at a time when Pakistani military is illegally trying to kill Kulbhushan Jadhav, for alleged spying charges, puts doubt over Pakistan’s commitment towards peace. It might be Islamabad’s ploy to pressurize New Delhi to initiate bi-lateral talks rather cornering Pakistan on the global platforms. If Kashmiris are losing heart with the government, Delhites are also facing the same. In MCD Polls, all parties are facing heavy infighting and all three major parties are ready to make cartel with other to create hurdles in the work of the winner party which is happening in current Delhi assembly. If AAP wins MCD Polls, BJP-Congress would continue to create problems for AAP and vice versa. However, I am eagerly waiting for the Presidential Polls, especially after LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi failed to make any cut into the list of probable candidates. Though, BJP is short of near 22,000 votes to have its own president, a likeminded group is working hard to make a pure RSS-BJP man walk the lawns of Raisina Hill.

Both India and China decided to separately revive its 2,000 year old business routes at same time. But, Indian plans still exist on papers while China has launched 12,000 kms long China (Yiwu) to London freight corridor spanning through seven Baltic and other European nations. China has done it at a time when its economy has registered its worst growth in last 25 years. Similarly, Indian government needs to create new business routes if it wants to register the robust growth, which its leaders have been vowing since the inception of their government. The government of India has done a great job by meeting its GST deadline and the tax reforms are going to be implemented by July 1st, 2017. However, it’s high time for Modi government to crackdown on the bank NPA now.

Though, India is full of festivities, coming three months have no major festival. Hope, entire government and private offices would run in full swing in this period pumping the Indian economy to new levels.

Jai Ho!