India jolted China, must build ties to grow bigger than Beijing

Written by Vivek Deshpande
| Nagpur |

Updated: October 26, 2020 12:13:19 pm

Bhagwat said this in an interview with pro-RSS weekly Vivek. (File Photo)

India’s response to the “encroachments” in Ladakh had “numbed and jolted” China, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Sunday, and called for a strengthening of ties with other neighbours to present a more powerful counter to the Chinese.

In his address to a small gathering of swayamsevaks at the RSS’s annual Vijayadashami event that was shrunk by restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, Bhagwat threw his weight behind the central government on the three contentious farm laws and virtually endorsed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s theory of an “international conspiracy” against the state government — even though he did not directly mention either the new laws or the Hathras incident, both of which triggered powerful protests.

China is mentioned in an uncertain (“asandigdha”) way in the discourse on the coronavirus pandemic. An arrogant and expansionist China encroached upon our territory. It is conducting itself similarly with the whole world. But Bharat’s reaction numbed, jolted them. Our soldiers gave them a brave reply, and we all stood together as patriots. Due to…

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