If disengagement claimed by Modi Rule is factual, follow it with highest level talks and full-scale border agreement!
Withdraw military to camps; leave border security to BSF!
When the border dispute between India and China flared up leading to the death of twenty Indian military men, we had called for an end to WAR MONGERING; we demanded that these disputes are left-overs from the colonial period, and settled through bi-lateral discussions! We don’t want another border war; People primarily want bread, housing, healthcare, education, employment and peace, not jingoism using border disputes!
We had then pointed out how even boundary demarcations were used by British colonialists as part of their ‘divide and rule’ policy.
Contrary to the stand taken during independence struggle, Congress governments had failed to settle the border disputes. During the last seven years under Modi rule, the relations with all neighbouring countries have further worsened on the one hand due to its Islamophobia, and on the other because of its increasing role in the Asia-Pacific axis strengthened by US to serve its inter-imperialist contradictions with China.
We had also appealed to the Chinese people that as both the governments of India and China are worsening the border conflict which both of us do not want, in order to evade their responsibility of fulfilling the basic needs of the people and work for peace, both are whipping up war jingoism. We appealed to both peoples who have the heritage of long standing fraternal relations between our two great peoples, to the Nepalese people and people of all other neighbouring countries to not allow the reactionary ruling classes of our countries to divide us in the name of border disputes, a leftover from the colonial days, Islamophobia and racism; let us work together to refrain our governments from dragging us to border wars which will lead to the loss of lives of many more of our jawans in the army in all our countries as cannon fodder to serve the interests of imperialists and their junior partners, and make life more miserable to us, the vast majority of the toiling common people.
In spite of this appeal, and the desire of the people, and the campaign based on it, the border conflict went on escalating leading to deployment of huge military and air force by both sides, and taking up of hasty infrastructure development further degrading the ecology of fragile Himalayan region. It also led to frantic purchase of weapons and equipment costing billions of rupees as well as forcing tens of thousands of jawans on both sides to stay in su-zero temperatures during this winter.
From all available reports and facts, it is clear that Modi government could not gain anything through this seven month old conflict, as it was continuing to claim. Instead it has only aggravated its relations with China, making conditions more difficult to carry forward this agreement on LAC to complete settlement of the entire India-China border. Using these evident weaknesses, Congress is trying to project itself as more militant in order to score a point over Modi. Such approaches will only aggravate the situation. What is needed is that all opposition parties and progressive forces should put pressure on Modi government to go beyond the present disengagement to settlement of the entire border disputes to make all border areas an area of friendship and peace. It will promote the interests of the people, and weaken the US led imperialists’ efforts to stir up border conflicts to promote their war industry. The same approach should be followed for settling the still pending border disputes with Nepal and other countries also.
But it is too much to expect from the corporate fascist Modi government. For intensifying its strangle-hold over power, and to advance its junior partner relation with the US, Modi government will not hesitate to throw away the agreement on LAC in the western sector, to start another anti-China tirade to please the US imperialism. Only the revolutionary left forces can resist and defeat such chauvinist policies of Modi and resolve the border disputed also as part of the Anti-fascist agenda of the people’s movement against fascism.
CPI(ML) Red Star
15th February 2021