(Brig (retd) GB Reddi)
The analysts and intellectuals must squarely address the real issue: “has Rahul Ghandy committed high treason by meeting the Ambassador of China?
Look at the confusion over whether Rahul Ghandy met Chinese ambassador Lui Zhaohui on 07 July 2017. Initially, the Congress Party spokesman, Randeep Singh Surjewala, denied the meeting and slammed the media for posting “fake news”. Furthermore, he blamed the Ministry of External Affairs posting such news.
Putting an end to all speculation, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday confirmed that he had, in fact, met with Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui highlighting “It is my job to be informed on critical issues.”
After the volte face, Rahul Ghandy now demands an explanation from the central government as to “why three senior Indian ministers, including Prakash Javadekar, visited China while the border tensions with the neighbor country had escalated.”
Can Rahul Ghandy’s diatribe be taken on its face value? Or has Rahul Ghandy committed high treason by his surreptitious meeting with the Chinese Ambassador?
After all, the Congress Party, more aptly the “Ghandy Dynasty” is on the ‘back foot’ unable to retrieve political dominance it enjoyed in the past.
So, is it an attempt by Rahul Ghandy to seek the assistance of the Chinese Ambassador to replay the Russian alleged interference in the 2016 American Presidential elections that turned tables on Hillary Clinton in the current Indian political context and content?
Surely, there was no need for Rahul Ghandy to meet the Chinese Ambassador to know the “reasons for the current armed forces face-off or confrontation in the Doka La area (Tri-Junction of Sikkim-Bhutan-China). After all, there was abundant of material available in the public domain.
Thus, the controversy over Rahul Ghandy’s meeting the Chinese Ambassador has more to it than what meets the eye.
To place the episode in perspective, let me recount mankind’s historical perspective of high treason, intrigue and treachery. Always remember, even speaking in historical context, treachery, betrayal and treason amounts to political backstabbing.
Mankind’s history is resplendent with political backstabbing for the sake of power and women. Some of the examples include: Hippias, an Athenian, conspired to work with the Persians to lead them ashore at the first Persian invasion of Athens in the pivotal Battle of Marathon; Alcibiades, Son Of Cleinias of Athens, Dona Marina of Mexico, Robert Kett of U.K., Akechi Jubei Minamoto-no-Mitsuhide, a Samurai General of Japan, William Maxwell, 5th Earl Of Nithsdale of U.K., Marcel Bucard of France – a Fscist politician, and so on. When Ephialtes betrayed Leonidas his reward was revenge and some of the most beautiful Persian girls.
Even in the U.S.A, a well-known, historical example of someone convicted of treason in the United States is General Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold’s name is forever be etched in history as a traitor. Another example is John Brown. He was an abolitionist who attacked and took control of a federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. He wanted to start an insurrection against the U.S. and establish an anti-slavery stronghold.
Indian history has also quite a few examples. One of the most famous traitors is Mir Jafar who helped Robert Clive win the famous battle of Plessey. (1757) that led to the establishment of the British rule in India for the next 200 years. And Mir Jafar is given the title ‘Gaddar –e-Hind’.
Next, the infamous General Labh Singh who abdicated his responsibility during the first Anglo-Sikh war (1845), who at a crucial time phase of the battle Labh Singh fled from the battle field that victory for the Sikh Army. Labh Singh along with the Prime Minister had agreed to betray the Sikhs to the English in return for right to rule Kashmir as maharajah.
Even earlier in 326 BC when Alexander invaded India, the Raja of Taxila aligned with Alexander against Porus. This was one of the first acts of betrayal and though Porus stopped Alexander his force was severely depleted by the desertion of the Raja of Taxila.
Furthermore, during the battles of Tarain which Prithviraj fought against Mohammed Ghouri in the 12th century the role of the traitor Jaichand Rathore a neighboring ruler cannot be left out that prefaced the Muslim dominance in India.
Add to it the desertion of the eldest son of Shivaji, a great warrior, who joined the Muslim force against his father. Yet another example is Raja Jai Singh, a Hindu Rajput, motivation to align with the Mughul army to win a string of victories for the Moguls including fighting against Shivaji.
In retrospect, India is a great nation, but it was never a cohesive unit and the numbers of traitors thus that have spanned the pages of history are a legion. India has had its fair share of traitors. Maybe their numbers would be more than that of all other nations added up together. But that is perhaps due to smaller kingdoms generate greater clan rivalries. Otherwise India would not have been conquered by alien invading armies.
Extrapolated to the current environment, the plethora of political parties based on polarized sections of societies by vested interests naturally generate contribute to vicious no-holds barred rivalries.
Well, the justification given by analysts is that traitors are simply following Chanakya’s principle that enemy’s enemy is one’s friend. Top of Form
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Wars, treason, victories and coups are the usual course of nation’s history.
Why does a man betray his own country? The answer is simple and at the same time complex. Some do it for plain jealousy and some for money and women and some for power, that elusive ingredient that is the root of most human traitorous acts.
In sum, treason often has been viewed in a number of different ways. Generally, treason is defined as any act that helps a foreign country attack, make war, overthrow, or otherwise injure the traitor’s own country. Most important, circumstances afford opportunity for treason and intrigue.
If you conspire to help a foreign power attack your country, you are guilty of treason. Those that commit treason are referred to as traitors. In a lesser sense, traitors can commit treason to any group of people, such as a political party or even just friends. Again, here we will be looking at the high crime of treason, the kind that is punishable by law.
Viewed in the above historical context and extrapolated to current vicious political environment, has Rahul Ghandy made an attempt to seize the Doka La armed forces stand-off to wage the political war against Modi led BJP hold or dominance on political power.
The answer is best left to the wisdom of the readers and the elite. Quite obviously, the answer depends on the political leanings or eyes of the beholders.