'All the political parties, should in order to deal with China, come together and formulate strategies to safeguard every single inch of Bharat.'
RSS leader Indresh Kumar tells Prasanna D Zore/Rediff.com why the Sangh wants the Modi government to convene an all-party meeting on the Chinese incursions into Indian territory.
Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Indresh Kumar explains why the RSS wants the government to call an all-party meeting and draft a strategy to deal with China.
Could you tell us why have you asked the government to call an all-party meeting and prepare a strategy to deal with China?
What I said is to deal with China, we should, just like we did to deal with Pakistan's attack and infiltration in 1965 by calling an all-party meet under the leadership of (then prime minister) Lal Bahadur Shastri. Hindustan had achieved national unity and our objective successfully.
And so in a similar manner to free all those territories of Hindustan under the occupation of China and Pakistan, Parliament should unanimously pass a resolution.
All the political parties, instead of maligning, attacking each other, should in order to deal with China, come together and formulate strategies that will be coherent politically, socially, economically and nationally to safeguard every single inch of Bharat and to safeguard every citizen's interests.
To deal with foreign powers we must show a united face at such times.
Are you going to ask the government to call a joint session of both Houses of Parliament?
Not only the government of this country, but I will demand this of political leaders of all hues that in times of such threats we must deal with a united political face. That is the biggest necessity of the nation today.
I feel that not only should I feel in such a way, but entire Hindustan should feel like that.
Why do you feel that we are facing a 1965-like situation on our borders? Is it because of China's recent transgressions in Ladakh?
It may not have happened today, but there is a possibility of such a situation arising in the future. Keeping such possibilities in mind the nation should act before a war-like situation confronts us.
So that a war-like nation doesn't confront the nation we should strengthen ourselves before hand.
This is a simple thing I want to ask. Was China in possession of Kailash Mansarovar, Aksai Chin, or (some parts of) Arunachal (Pradesh) or Tibet 100 years ago?
Do they (the Chinese) have any proof that will ratify that these parts belonged to them (China)? Yeh sab usne avaidh kabja kiya hua hai (These territories were illegally annexed by China).
If China could prove (to the world) that all these were parts of China 100 years ago then (they should answer) how did they (these regions) separate from China.
When these territories did not belong to China it proves that they have annexed it illegally.
The whole world today needs to move away from imperialism, expansionism and violence and move towards humanism, respecting each other's freedom.
Do you feel that China's recent transgressions into Demchok and Chumar in Ladakh can lead towards a war-like situation and we should prepare ourselves for such a situation?
Savdhaan rehna, hoshiyaar rehna aur khabardar rehna (To remain cautious, wary and alert) can stop conflicts. This is a general rule we must keep in mind and see to it that we strengthen our nation and our asmita (pride) so that we can always remain safe and secure.
Do you feel that India is not in such a position to safeguard our interests and hence your call to convene an all-party meeting to strategise and formulate policies that will safeguard the national interest?
Hindustan is and so also is the current government in such a position (to deal with such threats to our sovereignty and safeguard our national interests).
Lead photograph: An Indian soldier keeps watch on the Srinagar-Leh highway in Zojila, 108 km east of Srinagar. Photograph: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
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