India 2039: A Scenario

TNN Bangalore: April 5, 2039: The Shahi Imam of the Islamic Republic of Uttar Mughalistan (formerly known as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) announced the deeper than oceans and taller than mountains relationship with China on the 20th anniversary of Chinese reclamation of Bodh Gaya . The announcement came from the rebuilt ramparts of the Grand Babri Masjid destroyed by Hindu fanatics decades ago at Islampur (formerly Ayodhya) at a function held for the Chinese Ambassador to Uttar Mughalistan (Comprises Bihar minus Bodh Gaya, Uttar Pradesh and former Uttaranchal). 20 subversive Hindu extremist Nepalese leaders were handed to Chinese police at a border checkpost South of Kathmandu, highlighting close anti terrorist cooperation between China and Uttar Mughalistan.

The President of UM endorsed the controversial move of handing over Mukteshwar, Ramgarh and upper reaches of Uttaranchal to the Chinese in a deal done last decade and declared that Nepal has always been a part of China from the principle of extended Sovereignity. India’s aggressive takeover of Noida in a pre-emptive military maneuver prior to formation of Mughalistan and subsequent building of an electrified fencing is one of several major disputes with Uttar Mughalistan. Britain and US have condemned India’s aggression over the NOIDA territory. China endorses a peaceful resolution of the NOIDA dispute. Both countries claim that territory that includes Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida.

The President also opposed the electrified fencing off Jharkhand, Chattisgarh with Mughalistan by India and requested China to supply 200 J 40 fighters to help maintain the balance of power in the region. Many parts of Chattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan borders are disputed. Artillery firing over several sectors has made life for local villagers unbearable. Respected peace Laureate Aruna Roy in Guardian mentions increased defense spending on both sides to be a major cause of poverty in both feuding nations.

Reports also mentioned the Chinese leadership displayed disappointment with Indian leadership over misuse of Chinese myths by Indian citizens, particularly naming people and places after Shiva and Vishnu. Prof Ravichandran Guha, a leading expert in China studies has argued credibly that the Chinese have a point. Just like companies in China are not allowed to brand products of Apple as Appal or Appel, brand equity for Chinese ownership over the legends of Shiva and Vishnu is diluted as Shiva has clearly been proven to reside In Chinese soil at Kailash/ Mansarover, contrary to claims by some Hindu extremists. The Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurram says constructive talks with Chinese leaders are on this issue. When pressed by reporters on Chinese issuing staple Visas to those whose names are are Vishnu, Shiva, Gautam he was emphatic that India has taken a strong stance and had issued a Demarche to the Chinese Ambassador in the Indian Capital city of Bangalore. He said that despite Shiva, Gautam Buddha and most of Sanskrit literature being Chinese,  it is important we Hindu’s realize that this is a sensitive issue and name children so as to not cause conflict with our giant neighbor in the interests of peace. Meanwhile Farid Mohammed and Mohammed Digvijaya said Islam as a culture welcomes Hindu’s naming Children Mohammed or Nurul or Islam, but insisted that they had strongly conveyed to the Chinese authorities that some time must be given to the people to adjust gently to these nomenclature changes to avoid social conflict. Chinese diplomats have been reported to be extremely understanding in private on this issue, though in public they still exhort faster movement and exhort Indian parents not to name children after Gautam and Shiva. Md Digvijaya feels that understanding shown by China must be appreciated from the Hindu point of view.

Foreign Minister Khurram also urged the visiting Chinese Junior Minister of State to use his good offices to request Uttar Mughalistan to issue visas to pilgrims for the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, a practice discontinued for 2 decades. Last year Mughalistan executed 7 Indians who crossed illegally to take a dip in the Ganges. The Minister said India had strongly protested the outrage and also then given a 300 page dossier and demarche to the Uttar Mughalistan Ambassador. The Chinese ambassador to India Li Shiu (the Hindu surname Shiv is considered to be a malappropriation of this ancient Chinese surname) remarked to his Bangalore hosts that China believes that religious freedom is important and it will talk to Uttar Mughalistan on the matter, but cautioned this is an internal matter and both India and Uttar Mughalistan are  friendly states.

Mani Swamy Aiyer since has made several trips on track 2 diplomacy and says “the hospitality received in Uttar Mughalistan is over whelming and the people are just like us. We need to engage with the peace lobby in Mughalistan. Religion and politics must not come in the way of brotherly relations between the two nations.”

Meanwhile India has received a loan from IMF to put storage tankers at sea and produce much needed fresh water. Under the Ganges Yamuna Treaty of Mughalistan, India gets 5% of waters which are not enough for it’s need. Even that Indians claim is being violated. Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurram thanked China for voting in India’s favor and thus helping secure the IMF loan. There were no negative votes for India. Even Mughalistan did not vote against the loan for India, though experts off the record say was due to Chinese pressure. Leading GCC experts have pointed that a sign of growing maturity in diplomatic behind the scene consultations between the GCC, Islamabad, Islampur and China with Bangalore. A sign many in the Indian media and establishment say point to the fact that despite Indo-Chinese differences, we can work together to solve our problems. In that light JNU Professor R. Guha has acknowledged the success of the border treaties with China South of Simla. The Indo-Chinese borders south of Dharmasala and The East-West Siliguri belt are cited were cited as examples of mature cooperation between the 2 nations after a century of mistrust. He mentioned that this was despite prior India’s military defiance in trying to unsuccessfully prevent Chinese take overs in Bhutan, Sikkim and further protesting against the incorporating of former states of NE India into China.

Hardline Hindu nationalists demanded in the Indian parliament taxing the Mughalistan-Pakistan Road corridor in lieu of more water rights. India which had acknowledged the demand and provided a transit fee free corridor between Mughalistan and Pakistan decades ago said there was no question it would dishonor the treaty of free transit. Talks were on also between Islamabad, Islampur, Bangalore on the question of illegal immigrants misusing the free transit corridor. Both Pakistan and Mughalistan maintain there were no illegal migration and misuse. They blame India for blocking the passage of 40 Tanks and 136 heavy artillery vehicles from Islamabad to Mughalistan. The case has been taken to the International courts. Indian sources say they have a strong case of blocking the artillery and tanks. The ruling they say will probably be restricted to 2 tanks and 20 heavy artillery pieces every week as a face saving gesture for Islamabad and Islampur at the maximum.

Indian Hindu nationalists also created an uproar in parliament on news that the Indian PM decided to de link talks and terror. Coming soon after the massive terror attacks in Chennai, Vizag, Cochin that killed 740 people, the leadership stressed that we will have to continue to live as neighbors and terror affects both countries. Aruna Roy in landmark article in the Guardian had earlier stressed that Saffron terror and misuse of Chinese symbols was a major cause of distrust between these neighboring nations. Many Indians have stopped naming Children after Gautam, Shiva and Vishnu (NDTV has issued a notice to it’s employees regarding this possibly as a result of their being allowed to open branches in the Chinese cities Beijing, Kathmandu, Dehradun and Shimla ).

Noted leftist Mr Banerjee in the Hindu even suggested making a list of names and seeking approval from Chinese authorities which ones would be acceptable for use. Mr Guha approves of such venture and talks as they will bring trust and show China, that India is sensitive about Chinese legacy issues on misuse of names like Gautama and Shiva. Leaders and experts are of the opinion that violence and war are not an option or solution to the development and improvement of ties in the region.


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