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India-China standoff: the rhetoric deteriorates

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Rajesh Sinha

A war of words has erupted between India and China over the standoff between their armies in Sikkim sector with a hardening of Chinese stance and its commentators not ruling out an armed conflict unless the situation is handled properly.

As the standoff at the Doklam area entered the third week, Chinese official media and think-tanks said that “war is possible if the conflict between India and China is not handled properly”. Calling India’s action in Sikkim a “betrayal”, China on Monday said it will take every action to safeguard its borders and countered Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks saying that China of 2017, like India, is also different from 1962. It warned, “China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty” and repeated that India pull back the soldiers who Beijing accuses of entering its territory on the other side of the Sikkim border.

India had rushed additional troops to the area that is witnessing a standoff between the two countries, to engage the Chinese army in a non-combative mode. Jaitley, responding to China’s oblique reference to the war the two countries had fought 55 years ago and asking India to learn from “historic lessons”, had said, “If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different.”

He had also held China responsible for the current standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector.

Responding to Jaitley’s remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “He is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from 1962; just like India, China is also different.”

He said China’s border with India in Sikkim is well-demarcated and the Indian Army’s action there over the last month is a “betrayal” of the position taken by successive Indian governments. “Former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru endorsed the 1890 Sino-British Treaty on Sikkim in a letter to the then Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai in 1959. Successive Indian governments have also endorsed this,” Shuang said at a media briefing.

He said India needs to observe the Treaty and pull back troops immediately from Doklam. “I would like the Indian side to respect the 1890 treaty immediately and pull back the border troops which have crossed into Chinese territory back to the Indian side of the boundary. China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” he warned.

Geng accused India of using Bhutan as a cover up for its “illegal entry” into the Doklam area over which Bhutan has lodged a protest with the Chinese government.

“In order to cover up the illegal entry of the Indian border troops, to distort the fact and even at the expense of Bhutan’s independence and sovereignty, they try to confuse right from wrong, that is futile,” Geng said. He said China has “no objection to normal bilateral relations between India and Bhutan but firmly opposed to the Indian side infringing on Chinese territory using Bhutan as an excuse”.

Beijing made a formal protest last week, accusing Indian border guards of crossing from the north eastern state of Sikkim into its Tibetan territory to stop the road building. The new hotspot has emerged in a remote scrap of territory where the frontiers of China, India and Bhutan meet.

India said on Friday that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops entered the area to unilaterally construct the road. “India is deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. “India cherishes peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas. It has not come easily,” it said, urging Beijing to resolve the skirmish through dialogue.

Bhutan also lodged a formal protest to China, saying the road violated a bilateral agreement. China insists that it has every right to build the road and that it controls the territory under an 1890 accord made with Britain when it was colonial power in the region.

Playing Chinese checkers with borders

A report in The Times of India quoted strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney, to say China is deliberately conflating two separate issues – the delineation of the tri-junction points and PLA’s forcible attempt to change status quo by building a strategic highway through the Doklam plateau.

To mount pressure on India and stake a maximalist position, Beijing has released, as Chellaney said, dubious maps laying claim to areas that are south of the tri-junction points as determined and perceived by India. It is through such constructions that Beijing alleges that Indian troops crossed over to the Chinese side. The attempt is to forcefully alter the ground positions to China’s advantage.

If India relents, it will keep losing control of areas and will also be seen to be letting down Bhutan, said the ToI report quoting a former official conversant with the dispute.

Moreover, as New Delhi pointed out last week, India and China reached an understanding on the Sikkim sector in 2012 to discuss and finalise the boundary’s demarcation under the Special Representatives framework. “In this context, for Beijing to cite an 1890 colonial-era agreement on Sikkim makes little sense other than to confound the real issue at stake. That colonial-era accord is of no direct relevance to China’s road building through Doklam,” Chellaney said.

The citing of the 1890 Sikkim-Tibet agreement is interesting as it coincides with the disdain expressed by Beijing for the 1984 Sino-British accord, which paved the way for Hong Kong’s handover in 1997, saying that it no longer had binding power.

A small State, Sikkim is of crucial strategic importance to India. Located between Nepal, Bhutan and China, it is at the head of a narrow stretch of land known as the “chicken’s neck” that links the north-eastern States to the rest of India. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

In retaliation for the Indian army’s action, Beijing has blocked the entry of Indian pilgrims hoping to cross the Sikkim border to visit Mount Kailash in Tibet, which violates a two-year-old accord.

The Possible Context

The military stand-off at Sikkim comes amid emergence of other points of conflict.

China is blocking India’s efforts to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the international club that controls the global nuclear trade.

Delhi has also objected to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). India wants to keep Kashmir as a bilateral issue, but with the introduction of China and CPEC, it could become an international issue.

China also sees growing India-US ties with suspicion. A state-run daily said on Monday India’s objection to China building a road in the Sikkim sector ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US was aimed at demonstrating to Washington its “firm determination” to “constrain” China’s rise. The article in the Global Times said: Modi took two measures to brace for his meeting with Trump. The first one was to seal a weapons deal with the US. For America, the weapons deal will not only reap enormous monetary gains from India but also strengthen India’s advantage in the Indo-Pacific region to check China.

“The other measure aimed to demonstrate to the US India’s firm determination to constrain China’s rise,” said the article written by Liu Zongyi, senior fellow of the state-run thinktank, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.

“For example, Indian troops crossed the undisputed Sikkim section of the China-India border and impeded Chinese workers from building roads a few days before Modi’s visit to the US,” it said on the ongoing standoff in Doklam.

In addition, the Indian government has started an anti-dumping probe into Chinese products, the article said, adding that the Modi administration sought US support at the cost of China-India ties and has taken a lead in containing China’s rise.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Karnataka High Court issues notice to Rahul Gandhi for using KGF-2 song

The notice was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi.

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The Karnataka High Court on Friday issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi, Supriya Shrinate, and Jairam Ramesh for using the KGF-2 song on the social media handles of the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Reports said the copyright holder of soundtracks from KGF-2, MRT Music claimed that Congress including Wayanad Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi has violated the court’s order.

The notice was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi. In its complaint, MRT Music said the company had spent a whopping amount to acquire the rights to the songs in KGF-2 in Hindi.

In a statement, the music company slammed the Congress and said these lawful actions committed by a national political party reflect their blatant disregard for the rule of law and the rights of private individuals and entities while they are conducting Bharat Jodo Yatra to seek an opportunity to govern the country and frame legislation for protecting the rights of the common man and businesses.

Earlier in November, Congress in an affidavit to the High Court had promised to remove the song from all its social media handles. Reports also said a divisional bench of the HC on November 8 had set aside the order of a Commercial Court that directed the Congress to block the Twitter handles of the party and Bharat Jodo Yatra in the copyright case.

The Commerical Court for Bengaluru Urban District directed the removal of three tweets shared by the Congress’ Twitter handles @INCIndia and @BharatJodo.

Starring Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, and Archana Jois in the titular roles, KGF-2 is the second instalment to the 2018 Kannada film KGF: Chapter 1. Directed and written by Prashanth Neel, the music of the film has been composed by Ravi Basrur. The film became the third highest-grossing Indian film this year worldwide.

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Meerut police officer breaks into elderly Dalit couple’s house, beats them up, vandalises their house | WATCH

The Meerut police also quashed the claims of the woman to be false and added that the police officials haven’t behaved in an uncivilized manner with any of the relatives.

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A video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut where the Meerut Police allegedly under the influence of alcohol broke into a Dalit couple’s house and vandalised it. The victims have also alleged that the police officials were intoxicated. The family is residents of a house in Sisauli village.

According to reports, the Mau Khas Police station Station incharge, Subhash Chand is alleged to be responsible for the incident.

In the video, the woman can be seen wailing in pain as she looks at her vandalised home and complains about the police officials. The daughter of the woman can also be seen traumatised as they alleged that the police were hurling abuses at them, whereas the woman allege that she was beaten up with sticks by the police offiicals.

The woman also claimed that the police took away here son and also alleged brutality inflicted on her son.

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Police’s statement

Police in their statement said that the son of the woman was absconding in a matter related to a fight between two parties who were under the influence of alcohol. The Meerut police also quashed the claims of the woman to be false and added that the police officials haven’t behaved in an uncivilized manner with any of the relatives.

Another incident

Another incident recently came to light from meerut where some people beat up the family of a girl that resisted the molestation by the hooligans. Upon seeing the commotion in their locality, the neighbours rushed in to restrain the perpetrators, however, the perpetrators also assaulted the neighbours with sticks. The family and girl was also beaten up with sticks according to reports.

The police have registered a case in TP nagar Police station and the are probing to find the absconding perpetrators.

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CTET and BTET teacher candidates cause ruckus in CM Nitish Kumar Muzaffarnagar rally ahead of by-polls

The byelections between the two giants for the Kurhani by-election constituency is scheduled to be held next month on 5 December whereas the vote counting will take place on 8 December.

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CTET and BTET teacher candidates

On Friday, Nitish Kumar was giving an address at a rally held in Kurhani Assembly in Muzaffarnagar. The Chief Minister of Bihar was while delivering his addressed faced sloganeering by the CTET and BTET teacher candidates where they were heard slognareering against the Chief Minister.

The slogans raised by the CTET and BTET teacher aspirants launched an attack on the Bihar CM by raising slogans such as shame on Nitish Kumar and more. Nitish Kumar’s supporters, after hearing the sloganeering done by the teacher aspirants ruckus transpired between the Nitish Kumar supporters and the teacher candidates.

According to reports, Kumar’s supporters turned to violence insued between the two parties as they used the plastic seats to throw at each other. Finally the supporters of Nitish Kumar successfully forced the teacher candidates out of the rally by throwing seats at the candidates during Nitish Kumar address.

It is reported that the ruckus between the two ensued on one end, whereas on the other end the clash between the two groups were witnessed by many as chairs were thrown by the Nitish Kumar supporters at the BTET and CTET teacher candidates.

Kurhani by-polls

Kurhani by-polls will become the first encounter between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dall United since the recent break of ties between the two parties to form a government with the help of Rashtriya Janata Dall.

The byelections between the two giants for the Kurhani by-election constituency is scheduled to be held next month on 5 December whereas the vote counting will take place on 8 December.

The Kurhani seat was vacated after the RJD MlA Anil Kumar Sahni was disqualified from the state assembly election after he was sent to jail. Sahni had won the seat by beating BJP’s fielded leader by 700 votes in 2020.

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