Indian Intellectuals and the rooted Myth

Indian Intellectuals and the rooted Myth

Goutam Das,

Certain ideas, or beliefs, are gradually getting deeply rooted into the mind of Indian intellectuals. Firstly, they believe that India is almost a superpower and hugely influential. Secondly, India is reaching an economic point where they are on par with China. These two ideas are manifest from the same concept.  These ideas are much on the lines of myths, with little reality to back them up. Still people behave like they are convinced of all this. Or, more correctly, they are being glibly fed with such ideas.

In the nineties of even in the last decade, Indian think tanks didn’t have such a mindset. When did intelligentsia or expert think tanks become a profession in India? When did, Indian society pour invest its resources so that a group of people can become policy experts and make it into a profession? The truth of the matter is though this phenomenon didn’t start very recently, but it was always very limited. For example, there were think tanks involved in military organizations and carried out research for them. Moreover, the scope of work was also limited, mostly bound to regional issues & military strategy.

Actually, only a state or a large philanthropic organization can provide such a huge amount of resources think tanks need. And India’s economy was not large enough to run multiple think-tank organizations. Better yet, they were not mature enough to fully utilize these types of think tanks or really, they need this type of organization.

Actually, the think-tanks phenomenon began to appear in India after the US president George W Bush’s visit to India in 2005 during his second term. Since then we see the resources or funds necessary are from the US, where India itself was not capable.  Why did it happen?

Primarily the concept derived from America’s new “China containment policy” to limit or contain China’s rise in Asia. China is becoming a world economic superpower in the world and East Asia becoming the center of world economics, dethroning west. The phenomenon was quite obvious to American eyes and they sure understood what this mean to their future. This was not about who is good or who we like or favor China, India or America. The fact of the matter is, China is paving its own form of capitalism to grow economically with the capital of US Wall Street under its own communist party leadership.

The way China is operating their economy it was bound to happen sooner or later. America should be well aware of that. The irony of American economy is that on one hand they poured their Wall Street investment into China, and on the other hand they got inextricably caught up with China in the global trade which they strongly vied for at one point. But now as a result, China emerges one of the super economies in world and America cannot accept this. Hence America took the China containment policy to prevent their rise to the top.  As a part of that, America decided backing India, another hugely populated country in Asia with economic potential due to its population. To be successful in this prevent China policy, America needed a strong catchword, making Indian intelligence believe in this mantra and rallying them up. First step was to form think tank organizations or extend an US organization or scholarship and thus provide India with proper funds and expertise to this end. That indicates that these organizations didn’t evolve to their own accord or own logic, but were spawned by outsides force making, creating a demand for policy experts and more think tanks. America is controlling / dominating the ideology through this institutional framework.

Their simple message is, China is your number one enemy, the antagonist and a constant sense of fear pushed like – “China is encircling India”. It’s not that India and China are not actually rivals but the idea did not derive from reality. This propaganda is controlled by outside forces and does not reflect India’s generic view.

After the Cold War collapsed, a cold war-nationalism mantra of that era no longer works. Now, how is America’s relationship with China? Do they have a bitter rivalry too? Or is China just a Wall Street customer? If they are global trade partners, why is America instigating India against China? The reality is enmity between two rival States are not the same as in the Cold War era. Everyone needs each other for own economic growth. This is a mixed number of variables.

It is a open fact now, that The power base of the Bangladesh government is not its people but Indian government; even the Indian expert accept this.  With the recent visit of China President to Bangladesh, Indian experts again discovered their self-contradiction on China issue which was not even organic and exported by America. Just before China’s president visited Bangladesh, they found themselves wandering how Bangladesh (who they think forever obliged to India) received the huge investment from “arch-rival” China? While they didn’t reach any conclusion, instant gratification was needed. So, they agreed that it’s only because of China’s economic capability to invest in Bangladesh is more than 20 Bn $ where India has only 2 Bn $.  The American motto enchanted them so much that they did not see the basic facts.

Bangladesh did not wish to have for India’s two-billion-dollar investment. Rather this money was Indian state sponsoring to help sell Tata’s unsold goods in the neighboring country. The fund’s investment objective was not to help another state.  It was to save Tata by transferring liability to Bangladesh in the name of a loan. India is still not a country likely to invest in other economy or State. Rather their economy is in need. On the other hand, we have to know the fact that China is not a donor in development projects in Bangladesh so far but They are contractor in many development projects. And only now they are turning to be investor. So, this is not a matter of cheap nationalism that they tout. Recently they have a new theory. They say, China and India are becoming dominant in South Asia, as a result smaller countries have to accept their superiority in the name of friendship. In fact, this is also American propaganda. The purpose for copying this propaganda is to endorse or justify the Indian backed Bangladesh government. Reality is if no one should copy sermons from others, instead they have to have a clear understanding of own situation and forget the idea of Cold War nationalism. Embrace your own ideas and create new tools for development.

Writer: Political analyst