There has recently been a controversy in the Indian blogosphere about what the projection of power means. In the interests of enlightening lay readers, I asked my good friend and international relations expert Dr. Boris Bhartriraj Pandey to prepare a guide to power projection. Boris is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Parma, and his family background is even more impressive – his parents are the distinguished academics Dr. Acharya Somuchidononanda Pandey and Dr. Valentina Dimitrieva Pandey. He has written a short monograph on the subject at the Pandey family blog. It is also reproduced in it’s entirety here, with his permission:
CNN-IBN is carrying a PTI report which is quoting a Xinhua report:
For the second time in less than a week, China has briefed India on the Tibet issue and said New Delhi has assured it that it would not tolerate any political anti-Beijing activities by Tibetans on the Indian territory.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi spoke over phone to his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and exchanged views on bilateral relations, explaining Beijing’s “principled stand” on the Dalai Lama issue, the state media said on Thursday.
“Mukherjee said the Tibet Autonomous Region is part of China’s territory and India will never tolerate any political anti-China activities by Tibetans on the Indian territory,” official Xinhua news agency reported.
The best thing that can be said about this is that Xinhua is cooking up fundaes or exaggerating wildly. But if it’s true, it shows the craven nature of the UPA administration.
Since when is anti-anything politics a crime, leave alone anti-Beijing politics? Not tolerating military insurrections is understandable. Not tolerating anti-India politics also, though a free-speech libertarian like me would be cool with that too, as long as actual acts of treason weren’t being carried out. Hell, given the response so far to Naxalism, it seems as if the government doesn’t even care about anti-India civil war.
But where does the Indian government get off carrying out Chinese repression of free speech on Indian soil?
I hope somebody makes a stink about this. It should be interesting.
BJP and RSS workers have attacked the CPI(M) office in New Delhi, apparently in retaliation for the CPI(M) killing BJP workers in Kerala.
The idiots haven’t done anything in parliament for the past four years. They’ve squandered the opportunity to attack the Congress for toeing the CPI(M)’s line, and the left for toeing China’s line. The Congress has gifted them issue after issue on which it’s bungled – inflation, PSU disinvestment, Naxal civil war, terrorism, the nuclear deal – and it’s done absolutely nothing with this cornucopia of issues to attack them on. They’ve wasted the past four years.
And now this. Violence truly is the last refuge of the incompetent.