Chicken Neck Of India : Is it Chicken or China?

July 02, 2017


In the year of 1962, India had to solve its Himalayan border dispute with China which lead to the Indo-Sino War of 1962.  This blog summarises the events of Indo-Sino War and the current stand off between the two countries. The current problems which our country faces include subjects like the Chicken Neck issue, Burmese issue, the Aksai Chin region surgence and the One Belt - One Road initiative. Special thanks to the authors at Aadhimarg, for having proof read this blog.

The Nehruvian era:

In the year of 1959, Chinese leader Zhou Enlai proclaimed the Line of Actual Control as the real border with the Indian sub-continent , but this was declared, suo motu, wrong by the International arbitrators . The Indian Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was indeed a meek human , who believed that MacMohan Line was the real boundary and did not take any action against the chinese vigilantes. He stressed on the quote , "Hindi, Chini Bhai Bhai"(India and China are brothers). He succumbed to accept the communist way of life in China. He had met Mao Zedong in the early year of 1950s. His beloved sister Mrs.Vijayalakshmi Pandit was the Indian Ambassador back then. She believed the extremist Mao to be a poodle mate. 

The Indian Prime Minister meeting Chou en Lai , the first P.M of China

Yes, India did have a warm relations with the Chinese nation, its first Prime Minister, elected through democratic needs saw the striking need of a proper locus standi between the two countries to strike a balance in the process of non-alignment . The two leaders stressed on creating a balance so as to counter the two superpowers, USSR and the USA . However, the real problem arose when the Chinese democracy was superseded by the communist movement, which claimed the leader Mao Zedong the supreme ruler. Pandit was likened by the unity amongst the Chinese, which conjured him to believe that the new leader wanted development rather than enmity. John Foster Dulles, who had been the contemporaneous secretary of state (USA), believed that India was taking a soft stand on Communism. The relations which Nehru had with Russia and China angered them, this forced the US Congress to support and provide military equipment to Pakistan, in turn India strengthened its relations with China. This chain of events saw India moving closer towards the communist side with Patel having cautioned the Prime Minister about the same. He tried to cajole him so as to get help from the Westerners and requested Nehru to forget the ex-ante relations India had with the Westerners, but due to his death the real opposer of Nehru wasn't alive no more. VP Menon the Indian ambassador to the U.N abstained from voting in the sanctions which were to be imposed upon Russia, for having sent troops to Hungary. But then, intellects can never always be right.

The Communist China:

The Chinese invariably supported Communism, unlike the case scenario of India, where communism was not only denounced but its principle of equality was also rejected. Though one had contrasting views on this specific issue, good relations were maintained with the country for a brief period, India supporting China when required, when the country claimed suzerainty over the Tibetan region. India supported this move and soon adopted the Paanch Sheel (Five Rules) to strengthen diplomatic relations and ties. But the surprise was that China's interests colluded with that of India. Its greed for a bigger border grew stronger, and China began turning its eyes to Burma.

The Chinese Communist Leader Mao Zedong

This caused the all famous 1962 Indo-Sino or simply the Indo - China War, which shattered the dreams of the crusader, Prime Minister Nehru. He adopted five-year plans, safeguarded the Indian industries and supported for a great cause. Although, he did not prepare the country for war due to the certainty that war would not be possible.

India had to face the war that it was not ready for, only to get defeated, humiliated and shunted.The only result was the death of Nehru and China losing a potential brotherly nation. 

Modi and China (Paralleled rightism):

When Modi was elected in the year of 2014, he was viewed as a rightist, which coincided with the virtualities of the Chinese nation. The two leaders met each other for nearly 7 times over a span of three years. Indeed, India and China were good friends but the reason for the conflicts in the eastern region is the initiative called OBOR or simply the One Belt - One Road Scheme.

Them Chinese are interested in building a tri-junction at the Doklam region which will surely be a threat to both the nations.

This will definitely be a cause of concern for India, because if India loses the Chicken Neck, it will definitely lose the head.

'Never Fear when Trump' is here is seemingly hitting the vials of friendship

It does remain true that Trump has definitely influenced the political innuendo. His relations with India, click here , to know about the Trump-Modi Meet, seems to be strengthening as the dawn arises. I would like to remind the chinese people that Indians fought over the same region in the year of 1967 , 5 years after the Indo-Sino War, where 400 soldiers of the PLA had been beheaded and India had lost only 80 lives in return. This shows how successful and powerful the rejuvenation of the Indian Armed Forces seems to be. India shall not be thwarted anymore, and without much gamble, the Modi Government, has sent more than 12 divisions each comprising of nearly 400 soldiers to guard the arena, i.e a total of 5000 soldiers to safeguard the Indian sovereignty.

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