New Delhi: The Galwan valley clash continued to dominate prime time discussions Wednesday night. News channels were all geared up to wage war on China themselves — some of them even converted their studios into ‘war rooms’
And yes, they called for a ban on Chinese products,
Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of the Modi government was also the subject of much criticism, mostly by Republic’s Arnab Goswami.
On Aaj Tak’s `Dangal’, the headlines all but declared war— ‘Karara Jawab Milega’ (China will get an appropriate response). What would this ‘appropriate’ response actually entail, it wasn’t sure.
BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia was pleased with his government: “We are now making the road and infrastructure along the LAC which couldn’t happen in 70 years. This is why China is baffled”.
Former ambassador Gurjeet Singh said that China cannot be trusted anymore. Then he gave us a quick calendar update: “We need to remember that we are not the India of 1962 anymore, but even China is not the China of 1962 anymore”.
Amish Devgan, on News 18 India, started his show with a filmy dialogue, “Cheen ne saabit kar diya ki wo dhokhebaaz tha, dhokhebaaz hai aur dhokhebaaz rahega” (China was, is and will forever be a deceiver).
He also claimed to have the “biggest proof of China’s deceiving action” in his show LIVE. He went on to explain the point of contention and reason behind the standoff through graphics, with all the prowess of a defence expert, which he is not.
‘Bharat ke gusse se kangaal hoga cheen’ (China will get bankrupt with India’s anger), ‘Seenajori kar fasa Cheen’ (China is now stuck) were two of the more dramatic headlines frequently flashed across the screen.
Like Aaj Tak, NDTV 24×7′s Vishnu Som and Sonia Singh were also curious about India’s response to the Galwan clash.
Lt. Gen SL Narasimhan, Member, Security Advisory Board said, “The disengagement process must continue and it’s time for India to change its tactics”.
Singh asked whether India’s stance on 6 June, about disengagement in the Valley, had been “shattered” given that “the facts on the ground contradict that so clearly”.
“It has to be a step-by-step process…first we need to get back to status quo anti” and “ensure the observation and surveillance systems on the border are strengthened, force levels need to be looked into,” advised Narsimhan.
As expected, Republic TV‘s Arnab Goswami was all fired up on #BharatVsChina – but the target was not China – it was Rahul Gandhi, Sonia “Antonio Maino” Gandhi and the Congress party. How dare they criticise PM Modi’s silence on the Galwan Valley crisis?
Goswami repeatedly thumped the table while shouting, “They [Indian soldiers] died freezing! Freezing! Does Rahul Gandhi know that?”. Yes but what has that to do with the PM?
Bhatia, who seemed to be debate-hopping last night, responded by saying that he didn’t want to “politicise the debate but..[since] the Gandhi parivar watches the Republic” if “India trusts the Prime Minister and Indian Army why can’t they?”
ANI editor Smita Prakash was not happy with Gandhi either.
“While all other Opposition leaders — Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and even Arvind Kejriwal — have stood by the Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi asked why he’s hiding.”
Congress’ Kirip Chaliha retorted, “Are you trying to say the Galwan valley crisis happened because of the Gandhis?”
Times Now’s Navika Kumar brought another angle to the clash — whether the Galwan Valley clash was premeditated by Beijing. But the debate was on everything but the topic at hand.
Author and defence analyst R.S.N. Singh mentioned a provocative cartoon in a Taiwanese newspaper that depicted Lord Ram, as India, aiming an arrow at a dragon, meant to symbolise China.
The cartoon was also tweeted by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
भय बिनु होइ न प्रीति।। pic.twitter.com/OpuXfjQNpX
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) June 17, 2020
Political analyst Tehseen Poonawalla took offense at Singh’s remark, and said, “I object! Don’t insult my Lord Ram!”
Kumar quickly shouted down Singh saying, “RSL Singh today is not the day to be talking about cartoons”.
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