Jaishankar Accuses Congress of Blaming Modi for Nehru's China Mistakes

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar accuses Congress party of blaming PM Modi for mistakes made by Jawaharlal Nehru regarding China. Jaishankar cites loss of Indian land in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh between 1958 and 1962, countering Congress claims.

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Jaishankar Accuses Congress of Blaming Modi for Nehru's China Mistakes

Jaishankar Accuses Congress of Blaming Modi for Nehru's China Mistakes

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has accused the Congress party of holding Prime Minister Narendra Modi accountable for the mistakes made by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru regarding China. Jaishankar made these remarks on Monday, citing the loss of Indian land in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh between 1958 and 1962.

Why this matters: The ongoing border dispute between India and China has significant implications for regional security and global power dynamics. The allocation of blame and accountability in this situation can influence India's foreign policy decisions and its relationships with other nations.

China and India have been experiencing unease in their ties, especially after the Galwan Valley incident in June 2020, which resulted in casualties on both sides. India-China relations have been in an "abnormal state" since then, with both sides amassing troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Jaishankar attacked Rahul Gandhi, saying it is "very very sad" to "gun down your own forces" and that the Congress party is trying to mislead the country. "When you keep saying land taken by China, it was lost in 1962. I see efforts made to mislead the country," Jaishankar stated.

The Minister mentioned that the Chinese are building villages on the border, including one in Longju, Arunachal Pradesh, which was attacked and occupied by China in 1959. He also pointed out that a bridge being built by China in Pangong Tso, Ladakh, is being constructed at a place where the Chinese came in 1958 and retook in 1962.

The Congress party has claimed that the Chinese have built a road in Shaksgam Valley, which has created concerns for Siachen. However, Jaishankar countered that Shaksgam Valley was allowed by Nehru to be part of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and was handed over to China in 1963.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal also criticized the Congress party, stating, "Rahul ji, China did not take our land, says, anyone during the BJP's time, but during the Congress's time. The Congress is in the dock. The Congress has to answer about the land we lost after losing the war during their tenure." Goyal asserted that under BJP and NDA rule, the morale of the Indian Army and other security forces is high.

Jaishankar admitted that there is a challenge from China, which has violated bilateral agreements and sent a large number of troops to the border. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, India counter-deployed and sent a record number of troops to the border, who are currently defending the country in tough conditions. "So when I hear Rahul Gandhi (say) our soldiers were beaten in Yangtse in Arunachal Pradesh (in 2022) when (in reality) we pushed back the Chinese. Gunning down your system, your forces is a very very sad thing," Jaishankar said.

Key Takeaways

  • India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar accused the Congress party of blaming PM Modi for Nehru's mistakes on China.
  • Jaishankar cited the loss of Indian land in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh between 1958 and 1962.
  • India-China relations have been strained since the 2020 Galwan Valley incident, with both sides amassing troops along the LAC.
  • Jaishankar and Union Minister Piyush Goyal criticized the Congress party for allowing China to take Indian land during their tenure.
  • Jaishankar acknowledged the challenge from China, but praised India's counter-deployment of troops to the border.