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Below is the link to article from Rediff

Almost coinciding with the 13th round of Sino-Indian border talks (New Delhi
[ Images ], August 7-8, 2009), an article (in the Chinese language) has
appeared in China captioned 'If China takes a little action, the so-called
Great Indian Federation can be broken up' (Zhong Guo Zhan Lue Gang,, Chinese, August 8, 2009).

Interestingly, it has been reproduced in several other strategic and
military Web sites of the country and by all means, targets the domestic
audience. The authoritative host site is located in Beijing [ Images ] and
is the new edition of one, which so far represented the China International
Institute for Strategic Studies (

Claiming that Beijing's 'China-Centric' Asian strategy, provides for
splitting India, the writer of the article, Zhan Lue (strategy), has found
that New Delhi's corresponding 'India-Centric' policy in Asia, is in reality
a 'Hindustan centric' one. Stating that on the other hand 'local centres'
exist in several of the country's provinces (excepting for the UP and
certain northern regions), Zhan Lue has felt that in the face of such local
characteristics, the 'so-called' Indian nation cannot be considered as one
having existed in history.

According to the article, if India today relies on any thing for unity, it
is the Hindu religion. The partition of the country was based on religion.
Stating that today nation states are the main current in the world, it has
said that India could only be termed now as a 'Hindu religious state'.
Adding that Hinduism is a decadent religion as it allows caste exploitation
and is unhelpful to the country's modernisation, it described the Indian
government as one in a dilemma with regard to eradication of the caste
system as it realises that the process to do away with castes may shake the
foundation of the consciousness of the Indian nation.

The writer has argued that in view of the above, China in its own interest
and the progress of Asia, should join forces with different nationalities
like the Assamese, Tamils, and Kashmiris and support the latter in
establishing independent nation-States of their own, out of India. In
particular, the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) in Assam, a territory
neighboring China, can be helped by China so that Assam realises its
national independence.

The article has also felt that for Bangladesh, the biggest threat is from
India, which wants to develop a great Indian Federation extending from
Afghanistan to Myanmar. India is also targeting China with support to
Vietnam's efforts to occupy Nansha (Spratly) group of islands in South China

Hence the need for China's consolidation of its alliance with Bangladesh, a
country with which the US and Japan [ Images ] are also improving their
relations to counter China.

It has pointed out that China can give political support to Bangladesh
enabling the latter to encourage ethnic Bengalis in India to get rid of
Indian control and unite with Bangladesh as one Bengali nation; if the same
is not possible, creation of at least another free Bengali nation state as a
friendly neighbour of Bangladesh, would be desirable, for the purpose of
weakening India's expansion and threat aimed at forming a 'unified South

The punch line in the article has been that to split India, China can bring
into its fold countries like Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, support ULFA in
attaining its goal for Assam's independence, back aspirations of Indian
nationalities like the Tamils and Nagas, encourage Bangladesh to give a push
to the independence of West Bengal [ Images ] and lastly recover the 90,000
sq km territory in southern Tibet [ Images ].

Wishing for India's break-up into 20 to 30 nation-States like in Europe, the
article has concluded by saying that if the consciousness of nationalities
in India could be aroused, social reforms in South Asia can be achieved, the
caste system can be eradicated and the region can march along the road of

The Chinese article in question will certainly outrage readers in India. Its
suggestion that China can follow a strategy to dismember India, a country
always with a tradition of unity in diversity, is atrocious, to say the
least. The write-up could not have been published without the permission of
the Chinese authorities, but it is sure that Beijing will wash its hands out
of this if the matter is taken up with it by New Delhi.

It has generally been seen that China is speaking in two voices -- its
diplomatic interlocutors have always shown understanding during their
dealings with their Indian counterparts, but its selected media is pouring
venom on India in their reporting. Which one to believe is a question
confronting the public opinion and even policy makers in India.

In any case, an approach of panic towards such outbursts will be a mistake,
but also ignoring them will prove to be costly for India.

D S Rajan, is Director, Chennai Centre for China Studies.
D S Rajan

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