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Indian press buries truth at the border

Indian press buries truth at the border
By Debasish Roy Chowdhu

First, the bad news: Indian Army preparing for limited conflict with China: US intel chief; China inching closer in Arunachal; China creeping up in Ladakh; Chinese intrusion in Leh; Jitters over Beijing border build-up; India beefs up China front with UAVs, copters; Govt plans to recruit 90K soldiers for China border; China threat: Army inducts new regiment of BrahMos; 114 light combat choppers to  thwart any Chinese mischief.

Now, the good news : India is not actually going to war withChina. Contrary to what these blaring headlines in Indian newspapers suggest, mostly tucked away in inside pages and fewer in number are the less incendiary ones, such as: India, China ink border peace pact; China not likely to attack, PM tells Parliament; Border with China most peaceful: Govt; Idia-China defence ties on fast track.

The shame of a lost border war left a long tradition of anti-Chinese slant in Indian newspapers, to the point where it doesn’t even seem like an aberration. But for some years now, the tone of a large section of the media has turned decidedly strident, a condition the country’s leading Outlook magazine once diagnosed as "Sinositis". Where once the China reportage gave the impression that for some in the media the war never quite ended, now one gets the sense that the infected are, in fact, itching for another round. Brace yourself for more malignant stuff this year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the war.                              

Many of the China-bashing stories doing the rounds in Indian papers are a mixture of reflexive phobia, envy, anxiety and great-game bluster, with headlines such as Wary of China moves, India, US & Japan plan talks; As China looms, US tells India to lead Asia; etc. Some are products of the occasional public spats on issues such as territorial rights, and are appropriately combative (Manmohan to Wen: Back  off on South China Sea). And, when they are not openly hawkish and baying for blood (With China in mind, India tests new-generation Agni missile with high 'kill efficiency', screams a November headline), they are passive aggressive at the minimum, often betraying a degree of inferiority complex. The subheading to another November story headlined East Asia meet to have China tilt read INDIA STAND: Can't check them, will wait and watch. And that's not even an editorial!

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