The farthest the RSS has gone to condemn Beijing is to call for a ban on its goods. But its mouthpiece Panchjanya has rebuked China as “shaken” and “frustrated”.
While the BJP government has repeatedly stressed on the need for talks and a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to the standoff with China in Doklam, RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya has been consistently attacking Beijing for what it calls the country’s hubris.
In its latest edition, the All-India Co-Convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Ashwani Mahajan has written that trade and animosities cannot go on simultaneously. Mahajan also criticised China for flooding Indian markets with inferior quality goods.
“We have always maintained our stand vis a vis China,” said Panchjanya editor Hitesh Shankar.
Senior RSS functionaries, who too have called for a ban on Chinese goods, have, however, stopped at arguing for an economic boycott of the country.
In an editorial earlier this month, Panchjanya went many steps further, calling China a “shaken” and “frustrated” nation, mistaken about its hold over other countries. It also warned China against its hubris, lest the “Himalaya of peace” between the two countries would melt, causing the “dragon brother” grave trouble. Beijing’s “dabangi” would no longer be tolerated, it said.
Indian politicians are not afraid of speaking their minds, it asserted. “No longer are we troubled with what Palestine would think if we grow close to Israel. Those days are gone”.
Severely criticising Beijing’s role in Bhutan, the scathing editorial called it an “unwanted party in Bhutan administered Doklam”. It alleged that on 28 June, the Bhutanese ambassador to India had made it clear that China has attacked the country’s sovereignty.
“China is perturbed and shaken by India’s diplomacy. Doklam was the result of China’s frustration that has reached its peak due to growing India-US partnership. This nervousness was made worse by India’s increasing closeness with Israel,” observed the editorial.
“We also want China to remember 1967…In 1967, China got defeated at Nathula Pass. China gets jittery even at the mention of its defeat,” it had written.