China is a big challenge to India, but not a threat, said Prof Alok Bansal, New Delhi-based think-tank India Foundation Director. Addressing a seminar on “Geopolitics of Himalaya Region”, organised by Hyderabad based think-tank Social Cause, he said that we, Indians treat China as an enemy, common people in China didn’t treat us as a country of enemy.
He said that India can win over China as a soft power, if only we can understand geo-political realities of the region. With the collapse of Communism, we hardly having any ideological differences with China. Moreover, he said both the countries are having cultural and civilization similarities. “We have only border disputes”, he said.
With the collapse of Humanian Buddhism during Communist regime, he said Chinese are now waiting for spiritual and cultural bondages. If Chine allowed an Indian Yoga teacher, he said that he would be very popular within a short time and can earn millions of rupees. With regard to border disputes, he said that perception of both the countries are different as there is no mutually agreed border line.
He cautioned that India’s pro-Tibet policy is also likely to create problems for the country. Though presently we are safe as Dalai Lama is stationed in our country. But he said if the next Dalai Lama comes from China, he may create many problems to us.He stated that Tibetan influence is growing in several areas of Himalayan region. He also recalled that Dalai Lama is making pro-Indian voices, he is seeking only autonomy for Tibet and admitting it as an integral part of China.
Prof Bansal said that the very idea of India remains with Himalaya ranges. It protects us from Central Asia’s cold waves and invasion of big armies, but allowed free flows of ideas and trade. He also said that all big rivers of Asia generate from it. He said that present generation in China didn’t aware of 1962 Indo-China war, as they didn’t list it as a war. Stating that we underestimate Indians’ entrepreneur capabilities, he said that we can challenge China internationally in this area too.
Lt. Gen. Hari Prasad, former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command, said that Himalayan region has tremendous impact on the sustainability of our nation. Though in 1948 both China and India are almost on same levels with regard to economy and defence, he said now China is five times stronger than us.
He cautioned that China is a friend of anybody and they are friend of themselves only. They have natural urge to rule the entire globe, he added. He deplored that US is not handling China properly. “Today India should be able to tell China no nonsense with us”, he said. He suggested that we have to counter Chinese games by playing their own game by expanding our influence into other areas.
Prof C V Raghavulu, former Vice Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University, said that Nehru line on defence and strategy matters resulted in weakness, rather then a point of strength to India. He said that the great blunder was committed in 1950 by keeping silent when China occupied Tibet. Smt R Bhramara Sree, Head of Dept of Political cience, St. Ann’s College for Women also spoke. Dr B Dinesh Kumar, Deputy Director, National Institute of Nutrition, presided.