SOURCE: Abhishek Das / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
The recent standoff between India and China at the tri-junction border of Doklam plateau has led to exchange the war of words through media and social media of both the countries. This was led by official news agency of Communist Party Of China, the ‘Global Times’ and followed by several others like People’s Liberation Army Official mouthpiece ‘PLA Daily’ etc.
India reacted only through social media, but with calmness. But the way the Chinese have been issuing warnings and threatening to India can be taken as a result of clear frustration and disappointment about the rise of a new ‘Resurgent India’ with a continuously improving economy and military might. Chinese are also frustrated about the continuous downfall in their economy which led to the slashing of economic ratings of China by Moody’s.
On the contrary, India has not only improved its ratings but also strengthened its position as the ‘Fastest growing Major economy in the world’ led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s quick and great economic reforms.
Chinese were shocked by the response India gave it at Doklam, where they had a plan to build a road that took a road having a capacity of carrying as heavy vehicle as tanks to mobilise heavy military vehicles swiftly near Indo-Bhutan border, thus risking both Bhutan’s sovereignty and the security of India’s Siliguri Corridor, the so called ‘Chicken Neck’ of India through which we have the only connectivity with all the North East States by land.
India couldn’t afford to lose here against the Chinese that’ why Modi Govt stands up firmly with the Indian Army and our Armed Forces against this Chinese invasion. But by deploying huge forces and military resources permanently at Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, PM Modi’s India sent several shockwaves in Beijing. Chinese have never expected such a strong and bold response from India.
That’s why to save their face, they have started an oral war through ‘Global Times’ and other media papers and then after failing on that front too, to dare India they have conducted a massive military drill at Tibet that included missiles, tanks, artilleries, fighter jets, rocket launchers, attack helicopters and thousands of PLA troops.
But the response from India was that ‘we are not afraid of you and we don’t care about your military drill’. This has scared the Chinese even more, as they are still busy to find out the cause of this muscular approach of India, they are busy to study what preparations India have taken so far that India is not succumbing to the robust pressure by China.
Actually, what we had been thinking for the years that China could devastate India very easily through their superior infrastructure and military presence in Tibet, was only a one sided picture, the picture on our side is not so gloomy that we had thought so far. The truth is that the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force are in a much better position along the whole LaC especially at the current standoff place Doklam.
Indian Army occupies all the highest peaks here and has enough firepower reserve not only to hold any intruding PLA battalion but also to wipe them out completely in the battlefield there. PLA Air Force has several air bases at Tibet, but due to huge heights and inferior engines and poor maintenance facility, their fighters like J-11, J-20 etc can not take off with full load, their fuel will also exhaust rapidly thus reducing their operating range and effectiveness, because they can not operate refuellers at such a height. Similar in the case of their transport planes too, but not our transport planes as we have landed C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III several times near LAC.
Our frontline fighters like Sukhoi-30 MKI, Mirage-2000 and Mig-29 UPG can carry out massive air strikes into Tibet at all the Chinese military infrastructures thus limiting the scope of using air assets by PLA. Our fighters with a great maintenance facility chain deployed at North East air bases can repair and maintain within a very short time span and can become ready for another flight. Above all, IAF fighter pilots are far more experienced than their Chinese counterparts because of operating in several wars in the past and by participating great international war games on a regular basis.
IAF fighter pilots know very well how to evade best air defences, forget about the inferior Chinese air defences fielded by China against us at Tibet. On the contrary, India has fielded a web of air defence networks with Akash, Spyder and Barak-8 SAM’s along with SA-6 Gainful, SA-8 Gecko, SA-13 Gopher and Tunguska SAM’s near LAC.
For the offensive role, India has deployed T-72 and T-90 tanks at both Ladakh and Sikkim, we have also deployed BrahMos supersonic cruise missile the missile that has the capability of proving to be a game changer for India, IAF has activated 8 Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG’s) and 5 major air bases throughout the LAC. India is also in the process of fielding a Mountain Strike Corps with almost 1,00,000 specially trained troops and Agni ballistic missiles.
Along with these, Modi Govt has started to lay the web of tunnels throughout the North East to improve the road connectivity rapidly to ease the troops and supply movement of the Indian Army. Works are underway for 73 strategic roads along the Line of Actual Control of which 27 have already been completed, thus boosting the movement of Armed Forces, the recently build Dhola-Sadia bridge or Bhupen Hazarika Setu was a part of this larger strategy.
All these are just the beginning, we have to do a lot to catch up with the Chinese, but one thing is clear that the Chinese are very much worried about India’s rise as a great power that contradicts their view of ‘One Mountain can accommodate only one Tiger’, here India is fast emerging as the 2nd Tiger thus shattering Chinese dream of China-centric Asia in the 21st Century. Chinese should not expect any less than a More Robust and Muscular India as long as Narendra Modi is here as the Prime Minister of India at New Delhi.