Claude Arpi

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How Tibet was brutally 'liberated'

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.

Xi unveils new vision for Tibet. Should India worry?

Xi unveils new vision for Tibet. Should India worry?

Rediff.com3 Sep 2020

The seventh Tibet Work Forum was held in Beijing on August 28 and 29. Delhi should be deeply concerned, at a time India faces a precarious situation in Ladakh, because the TWF also defines China's western border policies, observes Claude Arpi.

China's foreign minister's mysterious visit to Tibet

China's foreign minister's mysterious visit to Tibet

Rediff.com20 Aug 2020

Was Wang Yi'S visit intended to remind India of 1962, asks Claude Arpi?

1962 War: 'Secret Reports' lost forever?

1962 War: 'Secret Reports' lost forever?

Rediff.com18 Jul 2020

'The Himmatsinghji Report is still 'missing'.' 'It is a great loss for the knowledge of India's borders.' 'It would have an immense value at a time China is bound to shift its attention to other border fronts in the Himalayas,' notes Claude Arpi.

He told India about the Himalayan Blunder

He told India about the Himalayan Blunder

Rediff.com3 Jul 2020

Very few today realise that without Brigadier John Dalvi's courage, we would never have known what really happened during those tragic days of October/November 1962, reveals Claude Arpi.

PLA using Tibetans against India

PLA using Tibetans against India

Rediff.com2 Jul 2020

'Tibetans will participate in future conflicts with India (in all probability, some were already present in Galwan).' 'As nobody in India would like to have a deadly fight with Tibetan soldiers and officers, the issue needs to be closely followed,' observes Claude Arpi.

The Chinese generals involved in Ladakh standoff

The Chinese generals involved in Ladakh standoff

Rediff.com13 Jun 2020

General Zhao Zongqi is well known in India for having commanded the Chinese troops during the Dokalam episode. Zhao knows every inch and corner of the Indian border, at least the Eastern and Central sectors, including the Naku La area which witnessed fist-fights between Indian and Chinese troops in April/May. Claude Arpi introduces us to the PLA generals masterminding the Chinese aggression in Ladakh.

China is striking back and HOW

China is striking back and HOW

Rediff.com14 May 2020

China has not limited the 'battle' to the diplomatic field alone; the People's Liberation Army has become aggressive on the ground too. The recent 'fights' in Northern Sikkim and Ladakh are part of the pattern, asserts Claude Arpi.

Coronavirus: What about the Lab in Wuhan?

Coronavirus: What about the Lab in Wuhan?

Rediff.com12 Apr 2020

Why did the Chinese military take over the lab in Wuhan in end January? Did something go wrong? Claude Arpi glances at the mystery surrounding the origin of the coronavirus.

Exclusive! How China released Indian troops after the 1962 War

Exclusive! How China released Indian troops after the 1962 War

Rediff.com6 Dec 2019

'All PoWs recounted that one of the worst aspects of their captivity in Tibet was the constant attempt at brainwashing by Chinese Communist propaganda,' reveals Claude Arpi.

The legend who inspired 3 Idiots

The legend who inspired 3 Idiots

Rediff.com5 Sep 2019

Magsaysay Award winner Sonam Wangchuk speaks to Claude Arpi about his journey, his fights, his hopes and how he became an inspiration for the Bollywood blockbuster.

Tiananmen Square: 30 Years Later

Tiananmen Square: 30 Years Later

Rediff.com4 Jun 2019

Thirty years after the massacre at Tiananmen Square, coerced collective amnesia envelops the Chinese nation about that horrific event. Claude Arpi glances back at how the student uprising could have changed the Middle Kingdom forever had the Chinese Communist party not traveled on the route of martial law.

The day the Dalai Lama came to India

The day the Dalai Lama came to India

Rediff.com25 Mar 2019

Claude Arpi's fascinating account of the Dalai Lama's arrival in Tawang in March 1959.

The IAF hero awarded the Maha Vir Chakra twice

The IAF hero awarded the Maha Vir Chakra twice

Rediff.com15 Mar 2019

Claude Arpi reveals how Wing Commander Jag Mohan Nath won a second Maha Vir Chakra in the 1965 War.

What if Nehru had used the IAF in 1962?

What if Nehru had used the IAF in 1962?

Rediff.com2 Mar 2019

'If we had sent a few airplanes (into Tibet), we could have wiped the Chinese out.' 'And everything could have been different in the 1962 War.' 'They did not believe me there was no Chinese air force.' 'Can you imagine what would have happened if we had used the IAF at that time?' 'The Chinese would have never dared do anything down the line.'

World must remember Indian heroism in WWI

World must remember Indian heroism in WWI

Rediff.com7 Dec 2018

'The Indian Army served with honour and distinction in France and Flanders, East Africa, Gallipoli, Aden, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Transcaspia, Persia and even China.' 'The sacrifice of India's soldiers was consigned to the dustbin of history in the post-colonial world.'

A French Tiger in India

A French Tiger in India

Rediff.com15 Nov 2018

'Whether I die in Calcutta or in Paris, on a Wednesday or a Saturday, it does not matter, but you would not want me to come to India's door and then return to France without having visited India.' 'Either I will die or I will visit India!' Claude Arpi hails Georges Clemenceau, French prime minister during the Great War, a great man who loved India.

India and the Dalai Lama's Successor

India and the Dalai Lama's Successor

Rediff.com9 Oct 2018

'While wishing the Tibetan leader a long and healthy life, one can hope for a 'selection' of the Tibetan leader in the Indian Himalayas.' 'It is vital for Tibetan Buddhism, but it is also in India's political interests,' says Claude Arpi.

'The past has a knack of exploding in our faces'

'The past has a knack of exploding in our faces'

Rediff.com19 Sep 2018

'People beat their chests when the Babri Masjid was brought down, not realising that it was just one event in a chain going back centuries; to look at the last link or two in isolation is absurd.'

Turbulent times ahead for Xi Jinping

Turbulent times ahead for Xi Jinping

Rediff.com8 Aug 2018

'Does it mean that we are witnessing the end of an era?' 'Probably not, but the post-Trump trade war has certainly brought a lot of instability in China,' notes Claude Arpi.

The Rafale 'secret' clause

The Rafale 'secret' clause

Rediff.com23 Jul 2018

'India placed the order, primarily due to the IAF's 'critical operational necessity'.' 'The complexity of the IAF's requirements delayed the process for months.' 'It is these requirements which cannot be made public.' 'Can you image Indian politicians publicly discussing the pros and the cons of such military equipment?' 'It would provide India's enemies with indications about the IAF's tactical plans in case of a conflict.' 'It is crucial that they should remain secret to protect India's defence preparedness,' explains Claude Arpi.

Could the Thai rescue have happened in India?

Could the Thai rescue have happened in India?

Rediff.com12 Jul 2018

'The Thai junta, who immediately took control of the operations in a military manner, took the decision to involve the best world professionals for the rescue.' 'This made a huge difference.' 'It is highly probable that in India, the authorities would have said, "We have the expertise, we don't need foreign aid",' says Claude Arpi.

The Legend of Zoru

The Legend of Zoru

Rediff.com14 Jun 2018

Claude Arpi salutes Lieutenant General Zorawar Chand Bakshi, India's most decorated general, who passed into the ages recently.

The Beauties of Sikkim

The Beauties of Sikkim

Rediff.com21 May 2018

'The Himalayan people may not represent a large or politically influential section of the population, but India's security depends on them.' 'Let us hope Sikkim remains a beacon of stability,' says Claude Arpi after a recent visit to the picturesque north eastern state.

Why the Dalai Lama Matters

Why the Dalai Lama Matters

Rediff.com1 Apr 2018

'The Tibetan movement will never turn violent during the Dalai Lama's life-time.'

'In its imperial mood, China is surrounding India'

'In its imperial mood, China is surrounding India'

Rediff.com1 Apr 2018

'It is very much a danger.' 'With Tibet following the India tradition of ahimsa and the global visibility of the Dalai Lama who embodies these values, he should be supported by India as a diplomat.' 'It would be in India's self-interest and instead of being embarrassed about his presence, India should recognise this (role).' 'By appeasing China, India does not get anything in return; they (the Chinese have not stopped) claiming Arunachal, part of Kashmir, etc.'

Why France is India's best friend in Europe

Why France is India's best friend in Europe

Rediff.com11 Mar 2018

'Over the last two decades, the India-French relationship has grown steadily, no major political difference having darkened the sky between Paris and Delhi,' says Claude Arpi.

'May Auroville serve as a beacon to the world'

'May Auroville serve as a beacon to the world'

Rediff.com27 Feb 2018

'May it be the guardian which calls for breaking down narrow walls of the mind.' 'May it continue to invite everyone to celebrate the possibilities of humanity's one-ness.' Claude Arpi salutes 50 years of Auroville, a Grand Experiment in Living.

The Indian Village in Tibet

The Indian Village in Tibet

Rediff.com13 Feb 2018

'India should today tell China to provide proper facilities in Minsar for Indian yatris visiting Mt Kailash,' says Claude Arpi.

Xi may not be all powerful

Xi may not be all powerful

Rediff.com26 Oct 2017

'He still has to deal with party norms and traditions and has been careful to follow the order of seniority,' points out Claude Arpi.

India-China stand-off: The truth from the Dragon's mouth

India-China stand-off: The truth from the Dragon's mouth

Rediff.com10 Aug 2017

A new book reproduces original Chinese maps that contradict Chinese propaganda. The book reveals Chinese intelligence admissions that Beijing never maintained any army base, customs office or other government function in the disputed area until 1983.

Does India need to be invaded by China to wake up?

Does India need to be invaded by China to wake up?

Rediff.com26 Jul 2017

In all the noise surrounding the Dok La confrontation, Claude Arpi focuses on a crucial issue that has hardly been covered -- the construction of roads for the armed forces and the local population to reach the most remote border posts.

China believes the best form of defence is attack

China believes the best form of defence is attack

Rediff.com5 Jul 2017

'How can a State, which claims to be a responsible power, unilaterally grab a "disputed" area to build a road on it?' asks Claude Arpi.

Be prepared for China's Electronic Warfare

Be prepared for China's Electronic Warfare

Rediff.com27 Jun 2017

'In India, China's capacities to conduct new types of warfare is critically underestimated,' says Claude Arpi.

France has the Blues

France has the Blues

Rediff.com18 Apr 2017

'Who would have thought that Brexit would take place or Donald Trump would become US president or Kim Jong-un's madness could bring the prospect of nuclear war over Asia?' 'It is the time of the unexpected; the French elections should perhaps be seen in this perspective,' says Claude Arpi.

An epic journey: The day the Dalai Lama came to India

An epic journey: The day the Dalai Lama came to India

Rediff.com21 Mar 2017

Claude Arpi gives a fascinating firsthand account of the Dalai Lama's arrival in Tawang in March 1959 and explains why he will once again receive a grand welcome, whether Beijing likes it or not.

Nehru's Aksai Chin Blunder

Nehru's Aksai Chin Blunder

Rediff.com3 Feb 2017

'Delhi was not concerned.' 'It would continue sleeping for several more years, with the result that Indian territory is still occupied by China today,' says Claude Arpi.

Why China is angry with the Puja in Bodh Gaya

Why China is angry with the Puja in Bodh Gaya

Rediff.com13 Jan 2017

China's ruling Communist Party has cracked down on Tibetans who planned to attend the Kalachakra Puja in Bodh Gaya. But the Tibetan people have dared the Communists by listening to the Dalai Lama's sermons on the Internet and sharing videos on social media.

Why the world books a holiday in Bhutan

Why the world books a holiday in Bhutan

Rediff.com11 Nov 2016

Claude Arpi, who spent 10 days in the Land of the Dragon, tells us how Bhutan is different from the rest of the world.

Bhutan, where GNH is more important than GDP

Bhutan, where GNH is more important than GDP

Rediff.com11 Nov 2016

Claude Arpi, who spent 10 days in the Land of the Dragon, tells us how Bhutan is different from the rest of the world.

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