The aftermath of the incident at Galwan valleys left a wake of anti-China sentiments
amongst the Indian public as well as many lawmakers. Historically speaking, it is safe to presume that there will be a temporary furore, which will mainly end up in “BJP vs Congress” debates & the incident as well as the subversive Chinese policies will fade away from public memory. However, if India is to view China as a serious threat to the Indian development story, then it must take serious measures to that effect.
India must take cognizance of China’s nefarious strategy of arming India’s neighbors
and turning them against India. If India wishes to be in the same competitive league as China, then it must adopt all possible means to bring down the Chinese expansionist machine. If India aspires to crumble the ego of the CCP, then it cannot restrict to minor military skirmishes, bringing down a player like China would require India to employ strategies across a wide spectrum beyond conventional military ops, conventional intelligence gathering, and small scale economic sanctions. Recent measures taken by India can be considered as a step in the right direction but will not reap the results required to bring down the giant.
The Chinese story is not just that of aggressive economic development but that of a
clash of civilizations & ideologies. The only way to beat China is to divide Chinese society from within and exploit the faultiness that exists. India would require to take several measures to counter the modern-day colonialism of the CCP.
- Change in mindset. The Indian mindset has always been “defensive & reactionary”, this emerges from the ancient & enlightened Vedic era which teaches to look beyond superficial differences and encourages a “live & let live” approach. However as the Chinese expansion threatens India’s sovereignty & global interests, India must adopt the ruthless & cunning teachings of Kautilya over the harmonious teaching of other legendary teachers. India must adopt a more ruthless & aggressive nature that is not just restricted to military actions but across all dimensions – government, corporations & public.
- The future is electronic. India boasts of a vast, strong and developed IT sector with
legions of skilled software engineers, coders & developers. However, this vast talent pool is wasted looking after & maintaining the interests of MNCs. India must encourage its youth to take up arms by becoming aggressive innovators, hackers, and developers. The IT sector should also become more lucrative for the same. The government should invest in developing a pool of e-warriors, after all, in the age of modern warfare, conventional military action is also largely dependant on ELINT (electronic intelligence) for early warnings as well
as sabotaging the enemy’s plans and capabilities. The youth must not restrict themselves to traditional IT jobs – ‘the software bhaiyyas’.
- Religion. The CCP has ruthlessly oppressed religions identity across China,
while this is viewed as an advantage by the CCP, it has exposed a huge fault line in Chinese society. India should become more supportive of the “Free Tibet movement” and the exiled Tibetan government as a historic and humanitarian endeavour. The cruel oppression of the Buddhist monks, such as the kidnapping of the 11th Panchen Lama (a 6-year-old boy), should be highlighted across all media platform, especially social media. The Xinjiang province is home to millions of Uighur Muslims. The CCP has been bold and brazen in the oppression and “conversion” of over a million Uighurs. Statistically speaking, Muslims are the easiest to radicalise and indoctrinate. There should be a subtle but widespread coverage of the modern-day concentration camps in Xinjiang through independent reporters, media houses and proxies. The flaming of anti-China & anti-CCP sentiments should be carefully curated to appear as views of religious groups and not as views of the nation, so as to provide plausible deniability.
- Chinese black markets. A tightly controlled market automatically implies the
existence of a strong and seedy black market. The smugglers & agents that push contraband into India through the porous borders of Northeast and Nepal should be used to pump contraband, especially narcotics, back into mainland China. Narcotics are the easiest and quickest way to the negative impact the socio-cultural fabric (similar to what Pakistan has accomplished in parts of Punjab)
- Propoganda. China has launched a massive witch-hunt called “Operation Fox hunt” to detain and extradite persons critical of China, CCP and “Emporer” Xi Jinping. China has a large number of students who have received education in western countries outside the grips of the totalitarian environment of the CCP.
Locals, expats, intellectuals and persons deemed “socially outcast” who are critical of CCP (openly or privately) should be identified. Insights should be extracted through “cultural programmes” about the relatively unknown, day to day issues that stem from a controlling and dictatorial regime. Massive but subtle coverage of China’s misadventures throughout the world (past and present) should be broadcasted across multiple media platforms. The fallacy of
“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” should be exposed through a broad but subtle coverage of the exploitation of the Chinese working class. The working conditions and (a lack of) social life that drives many workers to committing suicide should be brought out to expose the irony, lie and hollowness of the China’s socialism, exposing the true Chinese characteristics of cruelty, oppression and upending greed.
- Human trafficking. China’s ‘one child policy’ along with a preference for a male child has created a problematic gender imbalance that affects multiple social classes in China. China has become notorious for trafficking girls and women from its poorer “colonies” (eg. Pakistan). These women are sold as brides for the Han Chinese. Widespread and hard-hitting human rights movements should be launched through organisations and groups with international presence so as to disrupt the gross and inhumane trade. This will also deprive a certain portion of population in China from basic physiological needs and lead to an increase in general levels of dissatisfaction and further lead to a myriad of social problems.
- Indian market. India should adopt protectionist policies for Chinese firms or firms
with Chinese links. Only those firms who are willing to subjugate and accept Indian terms should be allowed to profit from Indian market. India has long maintained that its large and diverse population is a fertile land for businesses seeking to maximise profits. It is time that India wields this market as a weapon especially against China. Aggressive anti-dumping policies should be enforced to minimise Chinese presence in day to day household products while boosting MSMEs in India.
- Corporate espionage. China’s surge in technology is less a product of ingenuity and more a result of theft of intellectual property and reverse engineering. Corporations and firms should be embedded with agents who possess adequate skills and occupy positions that can leak information which can deteriorate Chinese influence and dominance.
- Education. India should introduce Mandarin as a secondary language at an early
stage. At present the Chinese enjoy a significant advantage due to the language / culture barrier. The Chinese are very particular about the use of Mandarin for all government dealings as opposed to India which has clung on to the language (and therefore subservient mentality) of their erstwhile European masters. Once this barrier is breached, it will provide significant insight into the customs and idiosyncrasies of the Chinese, thereby allowing
India in making inroads into the Chinese culture and finally into the Chinese minds.
China is engaged in achieving long term goals and plays the “big game” of global dominion. China also has a head start in terms of time, economy and autocratic leadership. If India wants to counter the spread of the virus that is the CCP,then it should be willing to take the plunge into the long and serious game of aggressive and sometimes even subversive tactics of Chanakya-niti, which can be achieved only through a bi-partisan approach towards China.