In­dia To­day draws a pipe dream for na­tion

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL -

The In­dian mag­a­zine In­dia To­day has gone vi­ral in the past two days. Its lat­est cover story, head­lined “China’s New Chick,” has an il­lus­tra­tion of the map of China look­ing like a chicken, which ex­cludes Ti­bet and Tai­wan, and a map of Pak­istan be­low, which looks like its chick. A sub­ti­tle to the head­line de­clares: “How China is buy­ing out Pak­istan with mas­sive new in­vest­ments and why In­dia needs to worry.”

Such hys­ter­i­cal geopo­lit­i­cal imag­i­na­tion is noth­ing new. What is new, how­ever, is the er­ro­neous ex­clu­sion of Ti­bet and Tai­wan from Chi­nese ter­ri­tory. In­dia To­day is be­lieved to be one of the most se­ri­ous me­dia out­lets in the coun­try, but the mag­a­zine presents to the world an im­age of a loser.

A coun­try’s mainstream me­dia usu­ally re­flects the level of its elite, but In­dia To­day puts the In­dian elite in dis­grace. It is said that there are two In­dias. One is folk In­dia, which has one of high­est rates of il­lit­er­acy in the world. The other is elite In­dia, a group of sup­pos­edly high stan­dards.

But In­dia To­day makes us re­al­ize that the coun­try’s elite be­have like clods. They are shal­low and ar­ro­gant as they have al­ways placed them­selves above or­di­nary In­di­ans.

China and In­dia are cur­rently locked in a bor­der stand­off. Some In­dian elites un­der­stand­ably hate China and want to carve away Ti­bet and Tai­wan. But they know this is an im­pos­si­bil­ity, so they are re­duced to draw­ing an il­lus­tra­tion. It is more lu­di­crous when the mag­a­zine proudly pro­claimed that the cover was se­lected as the “The Cover of the Day” by the So­ci­ety of Pub­li­ca­tion De­sign­ers, New York.

In­dia is not able to com­pete with China. In­dian of­fi­cials have toned down the dis­pute recently, be­cause they re­al­ize the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army is pre­par­ing for a mil­i­tary showdown which In­dia will not be able to with­stand. So In­dian min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs gen­eral V.K. Singh stated that In­dia and China are com­mit­ted to a “fair, rea­son­able and mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tion” to the bound­ary dis­pute through di­a­logue and peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tion.

But China’s stance will not change. If In­dia does not with­draw its troops ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional law, China will force it to. Be­fore that, China will not sit down with In­dia.

How pos­si­ble is it for In­dia to carve away Ti­bet and Tai­wan from China? The one who can is per­haps an il­lus­tra­tor of a mag­a­zine. If China and In­dia com­pete for who can di­vide the other, In­dia will be roundly de­feated.

In­dia had better with­draw its troops to its own ter­ri­tory be­fore China uses up its pa­tience.

In­dia To­day makes us re­al­ize the petty na­tion­al­is­tic ide­ol­ogy of In­dia’s pol­i­cy­mak­ers. In­dia may con­tinue to live in an il­lu­sion, but China is bound to re­sume the order of its bor­der.

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