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By Atul Bhardwaj

Of late, the top e-mails in my inbox have had anti-China angles - articles giving me my daily dose of "detest-China" medicine. Conventional and traditional media - cut in the West and pasted in India - are inundated with diatribe against China's aggressive behavior, militant nationalism and expansionist designs, thwarting my hope to see India prosper without the encumbrance of war.

An India-China relationship that is devoid of fear is unpalatable to the intellectual insurgents of the Henry Luce-kind. The "Luce-ist" insurgents penetrate minds through myriad conservative and liberal think tanks and media houses. They use their pens (rather keyboards) and publications to push another war down our throats, much in the same fashion as they had in 1962.

Henry R. Luce was the post-World War II American media mogul, the owner of Time, Life, Fortune and the March of Time film and radio documentaries. It was a time when "freedom of the press belonged to the man who owned one". Luce used the power of the press in the most blatant fashion both on China and India. He was a publisher guided by missionary zeal (in fact, he was the son of an American missionary and was born in China). He wanted to see China as a Christian nation, gravitating to perform its role as an American policeman in the Asia-Pacific region.

The victory of the Communist Party of China in 1949 put paid to Luce's grand designs. But he refused to give up. Along with Alfred Kohlberg, a wealthy New York businessman, Luce continued to spearhead the "China Lobby" that was fanatically anti-communist and pro-Chiang Kai-shek. The lobby's aim was to guide former US president Harry Truman's China policy and ensure that the Indian military and political class became part of the scheme devised to overthrow the CPC.

It was easy for "Luce power" to work in India because the Indian elites were fluent in English and, more importantly, willing warriors in the anti-communist crusade. C. Rajagopalachari, independent India's first governor general, once said: "I am here to save my country from the traps and dangers of the communist party." Rajagopalachari's Swatantra Party, which he floated after leaving the ruling Indian National Congress, was one of the most vociferous Indian outfits demanding war against China in 1962.

Not surprisingly, Luce's Life magazine supported such demand and published an editorial in 1962 which said: "The Swatantra program could really get that huge country moving in a direction favorable to free institutions. The free world can wish this little party a big future."

At the end of the 1962 war, the Time magazine gleefully commented: "The current slogan is a revision of the earlier cry for brotherhood with China: 'Americans bhai-bhai; Chini hai-hai! (Americans are our brothers; shame on the Chinese!)'." One of the favorite Indian slogans before the war was: "Chini-Hindi bhai-bhai (Chinese and Indians are brothers)".

The "Luce brigade" is at work again, creating tales that sell the need for the Indian navy to operate in the South China Sea. In August 2011, the London-based Financial Times reported that the Indian navy ship, INS Airavat, had been challenged by a Chinese navy vessel in the South China Sea.

That the report was denied by the Indian navy failed to impress The Wall Street Journal, which continued to suggest that, "India is being pulled into a complex and increasingly tense territorial dispute in the South China Sea".

The "Luce" media urges Indians to observe the "defeat" in and not to forget the 1962 war, because they can't bear to "see" young Indians befriending the Chinese. In an age of all-pervasive media, the "Luce power" is even more lethal than what it was when Henry Luce exercised it in the 1950s and 1960s.

It is thus important for Asian people to understand the true nature of the anti-Asia lobby in the West, which is constantly pitching one Asian nation against another. Asian countries have to ward off the warmongers from the West, because peace is of paramount importance to the continent's forward march.

The author is a research scholar in international relations at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi.

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Post time 2013-5-12 11:48:56 |Display all floors
It's no secret.

Western media alrady become propaganda arms of American believers of McCarthysm.

Their military industrial complex always need enemies and to instigate conflicts between China and India is one of their agenda.

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Post time 2013-5-13 09:53:59 |Display all floors
Western propagandists have certainly infested this forum.
They constantly scour the news to find any negative or unfortunate incident in China and
then present this as the norm throughout all of China.
If one person in 1.3 billion gets stabbed suddenly China is brimming with knife welding, blood thirsty murders.
If a few officials in the 75 million strong CPC are found to be corrupt suddenly it is proclaimed that the entire government
is nothing but a huge collection of criminals.
The outrageousness of these childish attempts to denigrate China and its people is shameful and unrelenting.
Fortunately the few Chinese that do read this English forum are smart enough to find these feeble posts amusing
and nothing more. Only the weak minded western propagandists think their false posts are meaningful and this
is appearent by how staunchly they support each other.
These brainwashed western propagandists cannot be helped. Unfortunately their brainwashing has been so thorough
they actually believe what they parrot over and over again on public forums.
The captains of western capitalism will continue to turn out brainwashed stooges from their high schools and colleges.
But the people of the world are learning to quickly identify them and tune them out. The west is in decline and all the
propaganda in the world can't change that.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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NOWADAYS, if you need to know what will affect you most directly, talk to others, but don't read the papers.  The papers do not know what they are talking about.  Neither would you.

WORD OF MOUTH BEATS MAINSTREAM MEDIA ANY DAY.

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Post time 2013-5-13 14:54:14 |Display all floors
China was demonized as the yellow peril when she was weak, escalating to the red scare after the revolution. Today it's an economic threat. Every sordid news from the mainland press and individual Chinese regarding corruption, toxic food and products, pollution, etc. gives the anti-china propagandists ammunition to denigrate China.  That's why the Chinese must place priority in cleaning up their problems so there would be less for china smackers to crow about.   

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robert237 Post time: 2013-5-13 05:53
Western propagandists have certainly infested this forum.
They constantly scour the news to find any ...

If one person in 1.3 billion gets stabbed suddenly China is brimming with knife welding, blood thirsty murders.
If a few officials in the 75 million strong CPC are found to be corrupt suddenly it is proclaimed that the entire government
is nothing but a huge collection of criminals.
The outrageousness of these childish attempts to denigrate China and its people is shameful and unrelenting.


This point is easily made....is that the rationale behind your diatribe against the West Mr Bulwark?
No, I live above Sunset Plaza, it's a little house I rent and it's a little rundown but has a beautiful view, what about you?

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Post time 2013-5-13 19:22:46 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-5-13 12:48
The Indian author is short on substance and long on theory. I had never heard of Mr Luce or Mr Kohlb ...

The same India that calls her citizens Dalits! Not to be taken seriously.....
No, I live above Sunset Plaza, it's a little house I rent and it's a little rundown but has a beautiful view, what about you?

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