rkirankr is spot on!
There are many well meaning people who feel that we should capture POK, made a road through it and link up with CAR etc.
This is true if one just plans or imagines off the map. However, those who have been to these heights be it as tourists or as soldiers would realise that it is easier said than done.
While I am no fan of the Chinese, but Sun Tsu’s sayings –
1. All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
2. Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat
3. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
War is too expensive a hobby for a developing nation. The ideal example is how Pakistan is keeping India on its toes. Not only have they created issues in Kashmir, they have created chaos within hinterland India and has divided the Indian polity where they are more concerned in attacking each other than work in concert for the good of the nation. Today, an issue that can make no difference to India’s good is the talking point – Jinnah!
Therefore, to take on both Pakistan and China and retard their progress or divide them, it is important that instead of going to war, divide their people and encourage the sub nationalism that exists within their nations!
Xinjiang and Tibet are two ideal plums that will fall from the tree. China is more vulnerable than Pakistan to sub nationalism. Han Chinese, being historically ‘blessed’ with Han cultural arrogance cannot accept that in China there can be anything that is non Han.Han Chinese Culturalism
The Han Chinese has historically demeaned non Hans and has forced them to change to Han Culture. The deliberate and systematic attempt to destroy Tibetan and Uighur culture, traditions, language and religion is another example of this arrogance. However, these people are not living in ancient times. They are aware of their distinctiveness and the modern world has brought education and awareness to all. Therefore, instead of being wimpish as is our Indian political thought, one should not hesitate to encourage such sub nationalism, as they have done to us.
Unlike China, where they want to clone all as Hans, India encourages singularity of the peoples of India. The only problem of India is that there are some arrogant communities, which feel that they are more Indians than others and this causes the problems. I saw a programme yesterday where a NE lady felt out of place in Delhi and where she felt that she was not taken as an Indian. Like it or not, it is a truism. Further, what irritates people from elsewhere in Delhi is the penchant of the locals to make a quick buck and fool the people (though there are good people too!). Too much of the refugee culture as one of my Sikh friend told me!
Therefore, to make us immune to Chinese overtures in the NE we must improve the NE and make it a thriving place beyond the realms of petty politicking!
Therefore, instead of talking of war, we should encourage sub-nationalism in China and Pakistan. It will be cheaper and more effective!!
Pakistan is already crumbling with Balochistan Liberation, Balwaristan, Jiyo Sindh, MQM, Serakai, Paktoonistan etc. Go for it!