(On-line version titled: “Warning” China? Indian media hypes Modi’s speech on Independence Day, analysts: Indian government “abducted” by domestic public opinion)
After many rounds of dialogue, China and India decided last month to “disengage” their front-line troops in batches in order to ease border tensions, but the Indian side is still stays put in many areas in a show of tough policy towards China. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s his speech on the 15th, at the 73rd anniversary of India’s independence celebration and declaration that “from the Line of Control between India and Pakistan to the Line of Actual Control between India and China, any country that attempts to threaten India’s sovereignty would suffer (the Indian side’s) forceful and appropriate” response comes In that background. .Many Indian media speculated that Modi was taking the opportunity to send a signal to China. In his 86 minute speech, Modi recounted his achievements since he took office , recalled the founding fathers, and called on the whole country to work together to face the new corona pneumonia epidemic, floods, landslides, locusts, thunderstorms and other natural events and challenges from disasters. He reiterated the “self-reliant India” policy, interpreting it as “strengthening one’s own development” rather than blindly reducing foreign imports, emphasizing the important role of the younger generation. Modi said that foreign direct investment in India increased by 18% last year, showing that international capital is increasingly favoring the Indian market, “this is due to India’s advantages in policies, systems, and infrastructure construction.” “India is becoming the eyes of many global companies. “Made in India” will be transformed into “Made for the world”.
Regarding the China-related statements that are of common concern to all parties, Modi did not directly name China, but highlighted the “challenges brought to India by conflicts in border areas.” He said that whether it is the India-Pakistan border or the India-China border, “any country that attempts to threaten the sovereignty of India will be subject to a powerful and appropriate counterattack.”Nevertheless, many in the Indian media believe that Modi’s speech conveyed a kind of “warning” to China. According to the comment on the Indian “Daily News Analysis” website, Modi’s Independence Day speech “clearly” emphasized the supremacy of Indian sovereignty and conveyed a message to China and Pakistan, that is, “anyone who dares to covet Indian territory is doomed to fail”. The Times of India also stated in the report that although Modi did not directly name China or Pakistan, the “expansionism” and “terrorism” he mentioned in his speech are the exact “euphemisms” for these two countries. “. The spokesperson of the Indian opposition Congress party Surjawala even publicly questioned Modi “why did he dare not name China”, and asked Modi “when China has (already) invaded Indian territory today”, how will the government repel them and protect the integrity of the country’s territory?
Some Indian analysts believe that the Indian government has almost no wiggle room to deal with border issues, because it has been “abducted” by domestic public opinion to a considerable degree.