Step up guard against China, says Bhagwat

via Pioneer News Service | Nagpur published on September 28, 2009

With countrywide concern over Chinese incursion in the North-East, RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat on Sunday cautioned that India was not “adequately prepared” in the event of any hostility with China and suggested Government to take effective steps to secure its “porous border”.

Bhagwat, who for the first time addressed the traditional Dussehra rally here on Sunday as sarsanghchalak, also warned that China has almost cordoned India through its influence in the neighbouring countries.

“Despite frequent wars and border infringements after Independence, we have become complacent regarding our defence preparedness. We are acquainted with the behaviour as well as ultimate motives of Pakistan and China towards us,” he said.

Appreciating the US for making efforts to bring countries like Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka under its fold, Bhagwat said, “Bangladesh has also been creating problems for us. The US still continues to play its double game openly as well as clandestinely to protect its own interests in the sub-continent.”

Worried about infiltrators who have already sneaked into the country, Bhagwat stressed they should be driven out without any further delay by pursuing the policy of “detect, delete and deport”.

Regarding international diplomacy, the RSS chief alleged that India had failed to take steps towards realisation of its clearly defined long-term goals in this sphere. “In spite of having being betrayed once by China and repeatedly by Pakistan, increasing incidents remind us of absolute naiveté, immaturity, carelessness and lack of foresight of our political system,” he said. Bhagwat advocated integration of PoK with Jammu & Kashmir.

“The problems are increasingly being made knotty and we are missing out on opportunities,” he said. The RSS chief said “patriotic” forces in the Kashmir Valley needed to be strengthened.

On the North-East, Bhagwat said terrorism activities needed to be eliminated through tough action by the Government, strengthening of security forces and enhancing intelligence-gathering, among others.

On agriculture, the RSS chief said India should renounce policies that needlessly invite multinational seed companies and endanger the country’s food safety. He also termed the policies of the World Trade Organisation “discriminatory”. He said, “We should save cultivable land from SEZs or save ourselves from SEZ itself.”

Bhagwat said there was a need to “revolutionise” the election system, but did not elaborate. “Our politics, politicians and political system should not play with the identity, security and integrity of our nation,” he added.


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