All stories by Claude Arpi
Has India Changed Its Tibet Policy?Rediff.com18 May 2022
One priority for Delhi (for the new foreign secretary in particular) is to have an in-depth discussion with Dharamsala as soon as possible, suggests Claude Arpi.
Shudder! Olympics with Chinese CharacteristicsRediff.com3 Feb 2022
'The Olympic Spirit has been thrown to the wind in Xi Jinping's China.' 'The International Olympic Committee is ready to kowtow to totalitarian China,' notes Claude Arpi.
US wanted China to intervene against India in 1971 WarRediff.com16 Dec 2021
On December 10, Kissinger began to encourage the Chinese to take action against India: 'If the People's Republic were to consider the situation on the Indian subcontinent a threat to security, and if it took measures to protect its security, the US would oppose efforts of others to interfere with the People's Republic.' On the 50th anniversary of India's greatest military victory, Claude Arpi recalls how the US suggested that China intervene militarily on Pakistan's side.
'We are well prepared for any eventualities'Rediff.com18 Nov 2021
'Guarding the borders in extreme weather conditions is not easy and most people don't realize it is a very tough job.'
'Indianness of Arunachal is not to be proven to anyone'Rediff.com18 Nov 2021
'Our love for our great nation -- Bharat is second to none and our patriotism towards our motherland -- India is for the entire nation to emulate.'
Xi Jinping and Pomegranate SeedsRediff.com8 Sep 2021
Why is China's supreme leader promoting Han Chauvinism so aggressively, asks Claude Arpi.
Why did Xi meet PLA generals?Rediff.com26 Jul 2021
Important for India was Xi's meeting with representatives of PLA officers and soldiers stationed in Tibet. The video of the encounter was interesting to watch, especially the large number of lieutenant generals and major generals, observes Claude Arpi.
Mr Xi, what have you gained in Ladakh?Rediff.com15 Jun 2021
'Why did your generals try to grab a few square kilometres of Indian territory in Ladakh?' 'And what happened to the hard work that you and Prime Minister Modi put into the Wuhan and Mamallapuram meets?' Claude Arpi writes a letter to Xi Jinping, China's self-styled supreme leader, who turns 68 today, June 15.
Is Xi Scared of Tiananmen 1989?Rediff.com4 Jun 2021
Why omit the Tiananmen massacre from the history of China's Communist party, asks Claude Arpi.
The Forgotten Hero of the Indian Air ForceRediff.com19 May 2021
Did Vinod Sehgal die in Tsangdgar or was he taken PoW to Tibet or China? Why has the IAF kept so quiet for all these years, asks Claude Arpi.
Can Dharamsala stop PLA's Tibetan gambit?Rediff.com8 May 2021
The first priority for the new Tibetan administration in Dharamsala should be to look at Tibetan recruitment in the PLA, suggests Claude Arpi.
Why is China more and more nervous?Rediff.com14 Apr 2021
The Tibetan nation still lives under the yoke of the Chinese Communist Party, and Beijing today has a guilty conscience; this creates a great uneasiness for Xi Jinping and his colleagues observes Claude Arpi.
An Indian Dalai LamaRediff.com4 Mar 2021
Tawang is very much a part of India, and if the present Dalai Lama decides one day to take rebirth in Tawang, the Indian government will openly welcome him and support him, notes Claude Arpi.
Chinese village in Arunachal: India must speak up!Rediff.com21 Jan 2021
'China wants to change the status quo of India's Northern Border and proves that it can do whatever it wants in what it perceives as its own territory,' states Claude Arpi.
Xi's mega projects: Should India worry?Rediff.com14 Jan 2021
After the Ladakh fiasco where Xi Jinping did not expect the Indian Army to resist his land-grabbing tactics, he has to save face before his colleagues in the Communist party.' To bring the threat of a mega-dam to the northern Indian border is a clever move, observes Claude Arpi.
How Pakistan surrendered in 1971Rediff.com16 Dec 2020
'You have been surrounded from all directions, if you want the safety of your troops and your personal safety, we will give you eight hours to make up your mind to surrender.'
Indian Army ignores Chinese propagandaRediff.com18 Nov 2020
Today, the Ladakhis and Tibetans have been joined by the Sikhs, the Madrassis, the Garhwalis, the Rajputs, who are well trained psychologically and otherwise, to defend the nation, observes Claude Arpi.
Why is the army chief visiting Nepal?Rediff.com4 Nov 2020
Though General Naravane's visit will not deal with 'impermanent' issues like the changing stands of politicians, it will certainly reinforce the deeper 'permanent' links between the people of Nepal and India. Time will hopefully tackle the present impermanence of the Sino-Nepalese romance, notes Claude Arpi.
The soldier who won India's first Param Vir ChakraRediff.com3 Nov 2020
Major Somnath Sharma was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his bravery in the Kashmir operations on November 3, 1947.
How Tibet was brutally 'liberated'Rediff.com19 Oct 2020
India was fooled into believing that Communist China wanted a 'negotiated' settlement with the Tibetans; it was never the case, says Claude Arpi.