We are docile and mute spectators to China’s aggressive designs and Pakistan’s sinister, belligerent behaviour. China’s open intimidation that it can divide Indian into 20-30 pieces and its brazen call to assist the insurgent regional groups in India to create ‘independent nation states of their own, out of India’, or Pakistan’s 26/11 carnage in the heart of India, have united us and moved us to tears but not to action. It is an articulated fact that Pakistan is India’s traditional enemy and China is its permanent enemy. However, for them, India seems to be a meek enemy with resources and capability but without direction and aggression. Pakistan may not call India weak after being beaten in war more than once, but to China, India is a weak and meek enemy. The way we ensured the safe passage of the Olympic torch through India prompted a Chinese official to remark, ‘See, how the Indians stand and listen to our orders’. We can attribute these weak Indian posturing to coalition politics, but sadly, it is how we have been defending our inability and submissive behaviour. China has been very articulate in its vision of being the sole superpower by 2050. It is not clear whether the country, especially the Army, has studied and evolved tactics from the 1962 loss. If there is an escalation, China may not restrict itself to the northeast. It may open fronts in Tibet and Jammu & Kashmir, as well. In such a scenario, the Navy could only be a mute spectator, unlike a war in the Arabian Sea or in the Bay of Bengal. The Navy doesn’t have the strategic reach to fight in the China Sea but it should at least have the deterrence and offensive capability to nip any attempt in the Indian Ocean. There could well be a situation where India is forced to contain China and deter Pakistan simultaneously. Indian can neither rest its oars, nor Dr. Abdul Kalam’s ‘India 2020’ remain our ‘magnum opus’ till 2020. By E Rajan Is India Preparing To Lose?