Why Rahul Gandhi signed ‘rare pact’ with Chinese Communist Party?

    19-Jun-2020   
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Wondered why the Congress has been taking a pro-Chinese stance? On August 7, 2008, then Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi signed a rare and crucial memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Communist Party “promote exchanges at various levels”.
 
Recently, Congress Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was forced to delete his tweet against China in which he had warned Beijing to be careful as the Indian Army knows how to defang the venomous snakes. It is said that Chowdhury was told by a Congress leader in plain words: “Madam is angry with the tweet. Delete it.” After Chowdhury deleted the tweet, Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma, tweeted: “The Indian National Congress recognises and values the special strategic partnership between India and China. As two ancient civilisations and large economies of the world, both countries are destined to make a significant contribution in the 21st Century.”
 
Wondered why the Congress has been taking a pro-Chinese stance? On August 7, 2008, then Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi signed a rare and crucial memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Communist Party “promote exchanges at various levels”. Rahul Gandhi had signed the MoU with Wang Jia Rui, Minister in the international department of the CPC in the presence of Sonia Gandhi and then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Congress leader Anand Sharma was also part of the Indian delegation.
 
Sonia Gandhi met Xi for 30 minutes in which she praised the Chinese for their “organising genius”. Rahul was also present at this meeting. It is not clear why a political party like Congress should have “close linkages” with a political party of another country.
 
The Congress continues to share close tie-up with the Chinese government. In July 2017, when China and India were locked in a standoff in the Doklam area, Rahul Gandhi had secretly met Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui. Initially, the party and the Chinese envoy denied having met. Under pressure from media and public, the Congress spokesperson RandeepSurjewalasaid Rahul met the ambassador. Interestingly, before admitting, Surjewala who accompanied Rahul had himself tweeted saying that the news of Rahul meeting Zhaohui was “planted” by government agencies through “bhakt channels”.
 
Shockingly, the Chinese Embassy website, which first confirmed the meeting later deleted it.
 
The Congress during Indira Gandhi’s time had similar close ties with the Russian Communist Party. A 2005 book based on the files by intelligence historian Christopher Andrew claimed that India during Indira Gandhi’s tenure as prime minister had been infiltrated at several levels by the KGB. The Russians funded the Congress party to win elections.
 
Impact of China-Cong pact
 
US journalist Joshua Philipp explains how ‘China strangles a country with its own systems’. In an interview, he says, “The Chinese Communist Party has a saying – when it comes to their psychological warfare and other forms of subversions – strangle you with your own systems. In other words, observing how different countries operate; what is controversial within their systems?; How does their system function?; How can we use these systems to twist things around, to cause chaos; to mess things up; to use it against them? You say you believe in free speech. We will have protests in your own backyard calling you out. You say you believe in free press? Well, we will start up state-run in your country and we will run those state-run media to lie to your population to spread your propaganda. That’s what they do.”
 
Ever since Congress lost the general election in 2014, the party has been supporting several subversionary activities in the country. The party took up causes that were dear to Maoists, jihadis and Urban Naxal elements. Congress was in the forefront supporting the ‘Tukde-Tukde gang’ in JNU and other campuses. Several grassroots Congress leaders had complained that the party had outsourced its election campaign to questionable NGOs and anarchists. In many places, such elements filled key party positions edging out committed party workers.
 
ThePrint.in had reported (on November 24, 2018), how China rolled out the red carpet to journalists drawn from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and some African countries to build a narrative in its favour in respective countries. Even in the current standoff also, many journalists were found to be siding with China and helping its psychological warfare against India.
 
CCP ties with Indian and Nepali Communists parties
 
The Chinese Communist Party accorded top priority to its engagement with Indian Left parties, according to CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury. Similarly, Nepali Communist parties have fraternal ties with the Chinese Communists. On September 24, 2019, the ruling communist parties of Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Communist Party to establish close relations between the two parties. The MoU mentions high-level visits between the two parties, sharing communist ideology, experiences and training, and sharing development models. Many observers say, Nepali Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli is a pawn in the hands of the Chinese ambassador in Nepal.
 
 (The writer is the Editor-in-Chief of Indusscrolls.com)