The government’s cunning policy on several issues has left all of us foxed. And none more than Defence Minister AK Antony remarks that the new North-east security plans (the Army’s raising two more mountain divisions) is not aimed at our Tawang-loving neighbour, China. Instead, it is part of the government’s ‘overall policy’ to strengthen the Army’s position in the border area. Now we understand very clearly why he is obfuscating on the matter. As editorial writers we also write with our subtle wit and humour on issues that many people may fail to read between the lines.
Our foreign policy, such as it is, may be opaque. This is the only way that we can ensure that our opponents are in the dark on our actual intentions. So we will come up with plans following which, hopefully, the other side will deploy troops to thwart us. But then, like the Monty Python series, we will wash up on the other side, sipping the old Guinness and laughing our guts out at the manner in which we have got the better of the laggards.
May we be so presumptuous as to suggest a few measures in foreign policy, though we are novices at the game? Let us give China the copyright on Chicken Manchurian that should scare the daylights out of them in Beijing. And perhaps give Bangladesh a run on illish machh. And as for kebabs, we could teach the Pakistanis a thing or two. This is the way to go, not the way the government is trying to do by issuing these stentorian statements. There are ways of getting the better of those pitted against you. We suggest the easier option. Mr Antony could easily dish out a nice Kerala fish moilee that is very likely to thwart the Chinese much more than a fearsome security plan.
A land-to-mouth policy really.