....Modi hasn't turned any tables or balls in China's court. What matters is the claims put forward. China's claims are pretty straightforward. They are disputing territory that is in India. India has no claims. ...
Actually IMHO (I am no China expert), what is happening is Modi has shown we can and will push back in Sri Lanka, Nepal (the earthquake response by India was a big eye opener for the PRC in terms of how close India/Nepal are and how they could not function on the ground) and the latest in Bangladesh.
I think we all underestimate how important religion and ethnicity are in people's minds. Buddhism and the longing of masses (even in PRC) for spirituality are crowbars to pry loose the people from their overlords. Sinkiang is another hotbed that can be exploited.
How can that work?
Example: "BJP's SS Ahluwalia comes in for special mention - the sight of a turbaned MP, speaking eloquently and fluently in Bengali in parliament was a special experience to many here."http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 561750.cms
Example: Indo-Tibetan MP speaks in Indian Parliament. Thanks India for the sanctuary and comfort, says the flame of hope still burns bright in the hearts of those who long for an independent Tibet with a parliament of her own. Some excerpts: "...the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."
Example: Indo-Uighur MoS gives an interview. Before coming to India, my parents thought of Pakistan and they said "We want dignity, what is normalcy?" before they lapsed into Uighur, talking excitedly about reports of Tibetans living in India, free from the fear of persecution, free to speak against the oppression of their people "back home."
"We can do more from India
. India has welcomed Tibetans and we are similar". Would I ever be part of the government in China the way I am in India? he asks. My parents had coffee stained notes and maps with highlighted routes into India strewn over their table.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 206192.cms
Example: Afghanistan. Ditto
Example Myanmar. Ditto
Example: Baluchistan. Need little explanation. We can stand between the PRC and its silk road corridor.
Common theme: India is syncretic, diverse and inclusive. There is a place for you and a sanctuary from which you can keep your dream alive. The Han want you for (and as) lunch.
NaMo knows this. He did not wander around as a monk without figuring this out.
Clue coming up. Malabar exercises in fall. Japan and Oz are invited
JMT with lots of invention, zero insider knowledge, armchair insights guided by Jameson.