FeaturedInternationalVOLUME 16 ISSUE # 16

India’s hegemonic designs

It is no secret that the Narendra Modi-led BJP’s government is pursuing an expansionist and hegemonic policy designed to ensure India’s dominance in South Asia and eclipsing the sovereignty of all neighbouring countries.

In order to achieve its nefarious designs of pushing its neighbouring states to the wall, Delhi is brazenly following the fascist, supremacist, and the racist doctrine of RSS that strongly believes in intimidating and bullying not only its own marginalised communities but also its neighbouring states.

Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal are on the top of the list of the countries for which India seems to be putting in all its efforts to hit them inside their territories. In fact, the doctrine of RSS is deeply rooted in the philosophy of Hitler and Chanakya, who is known as “Indian Machiavelli”. Before his death, Chanakya had written the Sanskrit exposition “Arthashastra”, a merciless empire-controlling guidebook.

Written around 18,00 years before Machiavelli was even born, Chanakya’s Arthashastra propagate the “Raj Mandala”, a model which suggests the adoption of deceptive ways and means, by the dint of which a king could rule his state and deal with neighbouring states tactfully. The model was based on collusion, acquisition, alliance or destruction through misinformation, spies, poisoning and assassinations in coping with individuals as well as nations. Chanakya had advised the king in Arthashastra that never let the neighbours live in peace. “Keep pestering them all the time. If the neighbouring state is a weak one, employ all deceiving methods to devour the state as soon as possible”.

It’s now a proven fact that Delhi, under the BJP government, is a friend to none, not even to its own people. India’s skirmishes with Bangladesh, China, Nepal and hot borders with Pakistan are ample proof of the fact that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is badly suffering from the hallucination of “Akhand Baharat”— a greater India encompassing India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and islands in the Indian Ocean.

Being an atomic power, Pakistan has always been a major impediment to the fulfillment of Delhi’s hegemonic and fascist designs in the region. Islamabad has always sought to strengthen its relations with its neighbours on the basis of mutual respect and equality. It has never bowed before India and bravely fought three major wars with it. That’s why Delhi has made Pakistan a major target of its conspiracies.

In a bid to sideline Pakistan, not only has India made the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) impotent, but also formed the Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation platform that keeps Pakistan away from it. However, in spite of all of its efforts, Delhi has not yet been able to keep Pakistan at bay. Pakistan has constantly been playing its effective role in maintaining regional peace and security.

Meanwhile, Amit Shah, the Minister of Home Affairs of India and the national leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the rightwing fascist and extremist group responsible for shaping the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, has lately divulged that having successfully established and stretched the RSS network throughout India, its leadership is all set to expand its footprint in Nepal and Sri Lanka too. Thus, RSS’ plans to infuse its ideology of Hindutava in the minds of the Hindu population living in both countries stand badly exposed.

The recent comments of the chief minister of India’s Tripura state, Biplab Deb, that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has plans to establish the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments in Nepal and Sri Lanka have elicited severe criticism in both countries. The Nepalese media says the RSS plan to expand its influence in the Himalayan nation is not acceptable to the Nepalese people. Nepal has expressed anger and shock over Amit Shah’s statement and lodged a formal complaint with New Delhi.

In reality, the BJP not only wants to instill the doctrine of fascist, extremist, ethnic prejudice and hate crime of Hindutava in the Hindu population of the two countries to expand its influence in the region, but is also bent upon toppling the governments in the states.

As far as Bangladesh is concerned, the Indian border forces are involved in a spree of killings along the border with Bangladesh for a long time. Scores of Bangladeshi people have lost their lives at the hands of the Indian forces. Even though Delhi always portrays Pakistan as a destabilizing factor behind cross-border terrorism, the reality is otherwise. As a matter of fact, India’s increasingly strained relationship with its neighbouring countries, especially China, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, establishes the hard fact that it is actually India that is a destabilizing factor for the peace and tranquility of South Asia.

In the meantime, India has unleashed a reign of terror in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Since the illegal annexation of the valley, the Indian army has stepped up its inhuman and barbaric operations in the region, killing a large number of people and injuring many others. Numerous incidents of rape of women of all ages are a big slur on the face of Delhi claiming to be the biggest champion of democracy.

India’s nefarious designs against Pakistan are not a secret. Just to win the election, receiving orders from Modi, the Indian air force attacked the Balakot region of Pakistan in 2019, with its fighter jets dropping Israeli-made Spice-2000 missiles. However, Pakistan gave a befitting response by shooting down its Mig-21 and arresting its pilot Abhinandan.

On the one hand, Modi lied to his nation that China had not made advancement in Ladakh and, on the other, taking advantage of the standoff with China, India has increased its defence budget by 7 percent. It has allocated $67 billion for military buildup. It is time the world took notice of the expansionist designs of India which has put the peace of South Asia as well as the world at stake.