RSS, Congress and Communist - The Tale of Three Ideologies and China India War 1962
With China and India, two Asian giants on the verge of war, history has again become the talk of the town. One side is seen blaming Nehru, Prime Minister of India at the time of China India War, for the Aksai Chin’s loss and the defeat of India in the war. While the other side talks of the present situation and the failure of the current government in securing the borders. Although, a section that is believed to be silently running their own propaganda, are the communist ideologues.
In 1962, when China attacked India, for which Chinese side blamed Indian Prime Minister, Nehru and his policies which in Chinese terms were against the Chinese interests. India then was trying to corner China with the help of Soviet Union and the USA, whereas the communist ideologues in India were in dilemma about whom to support in the China India War. While most finally ended up supporting the Chinese side, with the most prominent faces being EMS Naamordripad, former Chief Minister of Kerala, who never recognised China as the aggressor. This was followed by the red split due to differences in the party.
At the time, when communists were supporting China, RSS extended its full support to the government even though they had their differences on the constitution and various laws passed by the parliament. The organisation which was banned after the death of Mahatma Gandhi, was now helping the Indian government with everything they had got. RSS volunteers worked tirelessly as traffic personnel to manage the traffic and helped the general public in every way they could.
Nehru was so impressed with the selfless service of RSS volunteers, that they were called in the Republic Day Parade of 1963. It shall be noted that there exist of record of Republic Day Parade of 1963 in government data.
India lost the war due to shortsightedness of then Prime Minister Nehru, even though he was always warned about the Chinese intention by then Home Minister Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Govind Vallabh Pant, Acharya Kriplani and various other important political figures. Some of the most criticised examples set by Nehru of his shortsightedness, was by signing the Panchsheel Agreement when India recognised the Chinese occupation of Tibet. While it is debatable on what were the options in front of the Republic of India, it cannot be ignored that Nehru continued to ignore the signals that were coming from the communist China.
Nehru’s words especially, ‘Waha to ghas ka ek tinka hi nahi ugta hai’ ( not even a single piece of grass grows there) showed the priorities of the then government and why the Indian Republic lost the war.
Nepotism observed during Nehru’s regime can also be called one of the reasons why India lost the China India War. Nehru promoted BM Kaul, who was in some way related to him, to the post of Lieutenant-General in Army, by superseding 12 senior officers, due to which Army Chief KS Thimayya has once submitted his resignation to Nehru. BM Kaul resigned after the war as he was the commander of the NEFA Front. This is also considered one of the reasons of India’s loss in NEFA Front.
Finally, the war began and after a month of the fight, suddenly the Chinese side informed the Indian ambassador to China, that they will do a ceasefire on the midnight of November 20 and Chinese soldiers will move backwards in the coming weeks. India lost the war. Indian soldiers fought bravely and 1383 soldiers died, 1047 badly injured and around 1700 that went missing. China took around 4000 Indian soldiers as war prisoners.
The China India war still affects the Sino-India relations. The present standoff and Chinese aggression in the Galwan valley are also related to the age-old China India war. The China India war has taken a toll on the local Indian politics and since then China has always been a subject of criticism by the general Indian public excluding the communists who follow Mao’s teachings of violence.
After almost 58 years of the China-India war, communists have also become nationalists in their words, while their constitution on their website talks about the establishment of proletariat dictatorship in India through revolutions. The Congress Party of India which describes itself as India’s most vibrant political movement, is seen asking questions regarding nationalism and anti-nationalism. For a party which once defined the term ‘anti-national’ it is ironic for calling themselves the most vibrant political movement. RSS which was banned twice by the Congress governments, after giving service to the nation, even today finds its volunteers helping India fight the Coronavirus.