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As Prime Minister Modi visits China, it is necessary to remember a few hard facts: INDIA VERSUS CHINA: OR CHANAKYA VERSUS GANDHI

For nearly 70 years, China has humiliated India at every step :

It betrayed Nehru’s naive trust in a Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai friendship and treacherously attacked India from Tibet which Nehru had implicitly left to the Chinese, humiliating the Indian army which would take decades to recover. It directly or indirectly encouraged separatist movements in the northeast; it used Nepal as a front state against India; it armed, and worst of all, gave the nuclear bomb to Pakistan, a crime against humanity. Today it is still sitting on a million square meters in Aksai Chin (supposedly given to Pakistan), which rightfully belong to India; it claims Arunachal Pradesh, and sometimes Sikhim, does regular incursions into Indian territory and is still busy encircling India in Burma. Chinese despise Indians, witness how they summoned the Indian ambassador at 2 am in the morning as if she was some lower hireling.

Indian leaders, including Mr Narendra Modi, are also perfectly aware that the Chinese, in a span of fifty years, have killed 1,2 million Tibetans, razed to the ground 6254 monasteries, destroyed 60% of religious, historical and cultural archives and that one Tibetan out of ten is still in jail. As we have entered the Third Millennium, a quarter million Chinese troops are occupying Tibet and there are 7,5 million Chinese settlers for six million Tibetans – in fact, in many places such as the capital, Lhassa, Tibetans are outnumbered two to one… India has also to wake-up to the plain fact that China needs space and has hegemonic aspirations : it got Tibet, it got Hong Kong, it got part of Ladhak; now it wants Taiwan, Arunachal Pradesh, the Spratly islands and what not ! Seventy years ago, during the Korean war, Sri Aurobindo, had seen clearly in the Chinese game : “the first move in the Chinese Communist plan of campaign is to dominate and take possession first of these northern parts and then of South East Asia as a preliminary to their manoeuvres with regard to the rest of the continent in passing Tibet as a gate opening to India”.

And magically, for once, India has a chance to get back at China without appearing to do so. China claims Arunachal Pradesh and gives staples visas to Kashmiris and Arunachalis. It would be easy for India to prop-up the Dalai lama, a wonderful man if there is one, and let the Tibetans freely claim their country back, which has never been in Chinese possession except for such short spells. This would embarrass the Chinese enormously and give India some leverage in their territorial negotiations with the Beijing.

Tibet is so important for India: it has always acted as a peaceful, non-violent buffer zone between the two giants of Asia: China and Tibet. And the Dalai-lama wants it even pore peaceful: a demilitarized, denuclearized harmony region. But it’s exactly the opposite which has happened: according to the CIA, China has transferred one third of its nuclear arsenal to Nagchuka, 250 kms away from Lhassa, a region full of huge caves, which the Chinese have linked together by an intricate underground network and where they have installed nearly one hundred Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, many of them pointed at Indian cities. The reason for this is that the Chinese, who are probably among the most intelligent people in the world, have always understood that India is their number one potential enemy in Asia – in military, nuclear and economic terms.

Today India is encircled by hostile neighbours, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, from Chinese-occupied Tibet, to a Maoist Nepal (encouraged and fostered by Indian communists and the Congress who betrayed the interests of the nation). It has also to deal with a valley of Kashmir whose only true allegiance is Islam, and separatism from some north-eastern states who have been nearly fully converted to Christianity.

Never has India faced a darker hour whatever gurus say. Never has she faced so many enemies at the same time – and truly China is one of the most dangerous ones. Yet India always bends backwards to please the Chinese. Only Mr Modi, since he has come to power, has worked to loosen the iron grip that the Chinese have thrown around India, with his trips to Japan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal et cetera. But will, he like Mr Vajpayee, fall in the trap of the Hindu-Buddhist misconception of Ahimsa at all costs, which the Chinese eagerly seize upon to deceive India.

Why is that so? Because the Indian intelligentsia, the « secular » politicians, the journalists, the top bureaucrats, are the descendants of these « Brown Shahibs », which Macaulay created more than 250 years ago. The man who thought that « all the historical information which can be collected from all the books which have been written in the Sanskrit language, is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgement used at preparatory schools in England », wished to make of Indians a darker version of the British. He has been immensely successful and has created a nation with a colonized mind. Many of India’s politicians, bureaucrats and journalists are always aping whatever the West does, or are always worrying about what the West thinks of them. They never think Indian, they have no idea about India’s great culture, philosophy and spirituality. Very few have read the Bhagavad Gita, or understood that it encourages yoga in action and that sometimes it is important to defend one’s country, culture and borders, by force if necessary. They are no match for Chinese, who are proud of themselves and their nation and will use any means, open and covert, legal and foul, to foster their dream of a Greater China. Beware then Mr Modi, your enemy may be a match for your own political acumen and opportunism. You need to borrow now from Chanakya, or Krishna of the Bhagavad Gita, not Buddha or Gandhi

François Gautier

Will India ever learn its lessons? China has again shown that it is not be trusted. It pretends to shake your hand and then slaps you in the face. At the same time that President Xi came to visit India, Chinese soldiers willfully made an incursion in Indian territory.

Did you know that the Chinese have used the Tibetan plateau to point their nuclear missiles at North Indian cities (exactly 90 IRBM -US Senate Foreign Committee report). More than that, India could never see that Tibet was the ideal buffer between her and China, if denuclearised and demilitarised, as the Dalai-lama has proposed in the European Parliament of Strasbourg. And Nehru’s betrayal of Tibet will come back to haunt India, as it did recently, when the Indian occupation of Kashmir was equaled with the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The Chinese killed 1,2 million Tibetans and wiped out in 45 years a wonderful 2000 year old civilisation. On the other hand, in Kashmir, there has been no genocide, only war casualties and India is fighting to retain what has been hers for 5000 years.

Tibet and China, the natural brothers

Did you know that Tibetan medicine is one of the greatest surviving natural medical systems of the world, along with Ayurveda ? Tibetan medicine strives to keep in balance within the body the subtle flow of energy, or Nyipa sum, which is made out of the five elements: air, fire, water, earth and space. And as in Ayurveda, 95% of Tibetan medicine is based on herbs, and precious metals, which are used for the seven kinds of precious pills known as Rinchen rilpo. The methods of diagnosis differ though from Ayurveda – and thereby lies the genius of Tibetan medicine – as the observation of the tongue, along with questioning and palpation, is the principal tool of diagnosis. Tibetan medicine always treats the cause or the root of the disease and illness and not the symptoms. The school of medicine began to flourish 1,200 years ago when Tibet drew on medicinal knowledge from China, Persia and India, buts its origins are shrouded in mystery and many of its secrets have been passed on by word of mouth or are buried in Tibetan writings. The four main medical ‘Tantras’, said to be taught by Buddha himself and written down in Sanskrit more than 800 years ago, are still used by Tibetan doctors today.

And what about Tibetan spirituality ? It is probably one of the finest in the world and as in Tibetan medicine, the emphasis is on self development. There are two ways to create happiness, says Tibetan spirituality: the first is external. By obtaining better clothes, better shelter, and better friends, we can find a certain measure of happiness and satisfaction. The second is through mental development, which yields inner happiness. However, these two approaches are not equally viable, as external happiness cannot last long without its counterpart…. “But, if you have peace of mind, emphasizes His Holiness the Dalai-lama, you can find happiness even under the most difficult circumstances”. The Dalai Lama also reminds us that developing peace of mind means paying attention to our daily attitudes and choices as well as taking the time to meditate and be prayerful.

Tibetan Buddhism helps us too in preparing for a good death by coming to terms with negative emotions – such as anger, attachment, hatred and jealousy – that restrict our freedom, block our joy and cause us to experience suffering.

Reading the remarkable Tibetan Book of Living and Dying makes it easier to overcome your own fear of dying and helps you take the responsibility to prepare for your death. It also helps you prepare yourself for the death and dying of your dear and loved ones. Tibetan spirituality could also offer a word or two of advice to terrorists who blow themselves up or ram planes against buildings: “There is no such thing as a doomed soul in Buddhism. But there is such a thing as a prolonged period of suffering over many lives brought on by negative karma. Karma truly means cause and effect, says again the Dalai-lama.’ The terrorists, by killing so many people, are creating a negative karma that keeps them in hell for a long time through many lifetimes of suffering.” And indeed, If you see the Dalai lama today, he radiates so much peace and compassion.

Unfortunately, China does not seem to understand the great value of Tibetan medicine and spirituality. A report by the United States Congress (Resolution Number 63) states that since 1950, when the Chinese invaded this wonderful, peace loving nation, which boasted the highest (although quite feudal) spiritualised society in the world, 1,2 million Tibetans have been killed, either directly: shooting, death squads, torture – or indirectly: concentration camps, prison, or famines. 6254 monasteries, most of them ancient, have been razed to the ground. 60% of religious, historical and cultural archives have been destroyed. A quarter million Chinese troops are occupying Tibet. One Tibetan out of ten is still in jail. There are today In Tibet 7,5 million Chinese settlers for six million Tibetans- in many places such as the capital, Lhassa, Tibetans are outnumbered two to one…

It is not over at all: The summer and autumn of 2001 saw the dismantling of the Serthar Institute, the leading centre for Buddhist scholarship and practice on the Tibetan plateau. Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok founded Serthar Institute in Larung Valley near Serthar town, Karze Prefecture, Sichuan Province in 1980, to meet the pressing need for renewal of meditation and scholarship all over Tibet in the wake of China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-77). This non-sectarian academy of over 8,000 monks and nuns, drew nearly 1,000 Mainland and Overseas Chinese practitioners as students. They were the first group to face expulsion and deportation to their places of origin in June and July 2001. The Chinese- appointed “work teams” next targeted the over 4,000 Tibetan nuns forming Serthar’s affiliated nunnery. The official Beijing directive was to reduce their number to 400 and destroy their meditation huts to ensure the eviction was permanent. According to western monitoring agencies, such as Human Rights Watch, over 1,000 dwellings had been destroyed at Serthar by the beginning of this year, thousands of monks and nuns had been successfully evicted, and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok is believed to be incommunicado in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan.

Places like the Serthar Institute, house Tibetan treasures – spiritual, medical, cultural and social – which should be conserved, otherwise they will be lost to humanity for ever. “The Chinese should understand that they are destroying the last great living spirituality of their continent. The highlighting of the secrets and the vast knowledge based on the various inner sciences adopted by the Tibetans, goes beyond the research with sophisticated equipment and the Chinese Government should take-up its study in earnest”, says Claude Arpi, the author of the Fate of Tibet (Har Anand, New Delhi). “Above all, he continues, it is ethical learning which did not need the sacrifice of lives. These sacrifices are both in terms of lives lost and pain induced. It is clear that China, which has embarked on a fury of materialistic endeavours, needs spirituality”.

Germans have taken up the language of Sanskrit through their ancient roots and this sets an example for a country like China to take up the wealth of

knowledge that is prevalent in Tibet. Tibet is a land of inner sciences and self development processes which can be learnt through various disciplines. These need to be preserved like treasures for the world before it is too late. Tibet in no way presents any danger to China. The Dalai Lama himself said recently : “I am only asking for the Tibetans that they should have full power in the fields where they are capable of managing their own affairs. In the case of defence or foreign affairs, the Chinese can manage our affairs. We are not asking for a separation from China”.

François Gautier

UPDATE SHIVAJI MAHARAJ MUSEUM, PUNE

Dear friends, As some of you may know, we have completed and inaugurated the 2d phase of the Shivaji Maharaj Museum of India History, Pune, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 28th July. see the film at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dc5x6oDj1g
You can see some of the Media coverage at: http://factindiablog.blogspot.in/
and also Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s message: http://factmuseum.blogspot.in/

We have already 5 buildings and have recently installed our latest exhibition: http://dara-shikoh.blogspot.in/

I am about to start a series of exhibitions on the Vedas in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s Secret of the Vedas, under the direction of Dr Kireet Joshi, who was Chairman Council of Philosophical research, Secretary Education Gujarat and is now retired in Pondichery. Would you be able to help? I need appr 5 lakhs per exhibition. Attached is the first page of the brief. We have tax exemption and can honor our big donors by naming one of the buildings after them.. Here are our trust bank account for electronic transfer: Name of account: Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT)
Account No: 04071450000237. IFCS code: HDFC0000407
Bank Address: HDFC Bank Ltd., T S No.6, 100 Feet Road
Ellaipillaichavadi, Pondicherry-605 005. Telephone: 0413 2206044

If you do so, send me a mail at fgautier@rediffmail.com
Best wishes
François Gautier/ Trustee FACT
Trustee FACT

Going from strength to strength

Source: Express buzz

What are the biggest lessons for India from the wonderful, glittering and highly successful Beijing Olympics, which are still going on (the Paralympics)? First, that what the Dalai Lama calls “black Karma,” the karma that an individual or a nation gather by doing wrong actions (such as killing a million Tibetans), does not strike immediately. In fact, it probably catches you unawares when the black deeds are long past and you look shining and innocent and have all but forgotten about them. This is why we get a deep sense of injustice when we see catastrophes or accidents befalling harmless civilians or innocent children.

Thus, China was triumphant.

The second lesson is that good governance is about cynicism, manipulation and deceit, what we in the West call Machiavellism. The Chinese are masters at saying one thing — that they will not interfere in the NSG clearance for instance — and doing exactly the opposite.

This is also what they proved during the Olympics, having promised beforehand not to censor the Internet — and not keeping their pledge. India would do well to understand once and for all that you cannot trust the Chinese. Unfortunately since Nehru, every prime minister has fallen for the Hindi-Chini-bhai-bhai…and paid the price.

There is even a deeper lesson: if your intentions are noble, dharmic, one would say in India, it is ok to use unethical or machiavellian means, for one has to play the game by the rules of this world which are rough, tough and adharmic. The question is: does the Chinese goal of ultimate conquest of India and the world qualify as dharmic? The third lesson is about triumph of will, hard work and dedication. The Chinese showed the world what it means to strive hard with efficiency and vision and achieve one’s goals. The Olympics were a fantastic success story, both in technological terms — the stadiums, the organisation, — and sports-wise.

China emerged as the biggest winner, having forged in the eyes of the world its image of a political, industrial, and sports superpower.

The fourth lesson for India is that of patriotism and nationalism. The Chinese are proud to be Chinese. All Chinese, whether mainland, expatriates, atheists, Buddhists or Christians participated in the success of the Olympics. In fact some of the biggest contributors were Christians, such as Jackie Chan. It is a pity Indian Christians often feel that they are first Christians and then Indians and complain of persecution, when they have been welcome in this country since the 1st century AD. But all Chinese beamed when China won a gold medal. Compare this with Abhinav Bindra’s unsmiling, totally unemotional face during the medal ceremony while the flag of his country was raised. It’s ok to be cool, but Bindra is also a product of an education where children are not taught to be proud of their country and in fact are taught that being a Hindu (or a Sikh) is a curse. It is this near total absence of love for one’s country that allows terrorists to strike indiscriminately, as they have just done in Delhi —and get away with it.

It is the lack of national and cultural education in Indian schools and universities that allows the Indian government, as it has done since every terrorist attack in the last five years to :

a) condemn ‘in the strongest terms’ this ‘barbarous act’;

b) appeal for calm and ‘communal harmony’;

c) give a few lakhs each to the families of the deceased or injured, so that they shut up; and

d) never catch the culprits (except in Gujarat where there was a political will behind the police) and go on as before till the next terrorist act.

Look at America, the most hated and targeted country in the world: it has not suffered a single terrorist attack since September 11 2001. Which Indian politician has the courage to tackle terrorism with courage and determination? Finally, the last lesson is about sports.

China got 51 gold medals and India 1. Why? I have said it time and again —and I will say it once more — even though I know that many of the readers are great cricket fans. The main reason is that cricket stifles all other sports. Because sponsorship and advertisement is solely focused on cricket, much more deserving and physically harder sports, such as track and field are neglected. More deserving athletes get very little sponsorship and media attention. As a direct result, India’s world position in sports is nothing short of disgraceful.Instead of concentrating on cricket and hiring foreign coaches, the government would do well to use India’s greatest gifts to the world: hata-yoga, pranayama and meditation for its sportsmen.

With a little rigour, discipline and training techniques borrowed from the West, India would quickly produce athletes of world calibre in all disciplines. It is also high time sports was taken off the hands of politicians and bureaucrats who for 60 years have shamelessly exploited sports and left it in the mire it is now. But as usual, we see that even the government is more interested in aping everything the West does, including cricket, at the expense of traditional sports such as kalaripayat, which gave birth to kung-fu and karate and is still practised in Kerala villages.Millions of Westerners practise meditation, multinationals include pranayama and hata-yoga for the relaxation seminars of their over-stressed executives, but these disciplines are not even taught in Indian schools. If only Indian cricketers would win! But they lose most of the time. It is high time the government enforced a limit on the number of international cricket matches played abroad and started focusing a little more on other sports. India lags 50 years behind China in most disciplines.

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