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China threat looms large: Praful Bakshi
 SILCHAR, Oct 20 – China has been a constant threat to India, and its recent ties with Pakistan to sell two nuclear reactors, has raised serious concerns in India. The sale of two nuclear reactors to Pakistan means strengthening Pakistan’s ability to produce more weapons, which will be ominous for India. Even if China keeps itself busy in the eastern front, India must not behave like an ostrich and wait for the danger to go by, feels Praful Bakshi, former Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force.

In an exclusive interview to The Assam Tribune during his recent visit to the National Institute of Technology Silchar, Bakshi said that despite a disastrous result in the war against the Chinese in 1962, ‘we are laid back and tend to ignore the wound on our psyche.’

Bakshi said that there is no will to look after the armed forces requirement as the politicians are busy in petty politicking. “China cannot stand another nation to match its power and has eyes set on Arunachal Pradesh and other territories,” he maintained.

After the 1962, China has improved on its infrastructure significantly and their roads and railway lines along the border from Tibet to Arunachal Pradesh and even the air fields are well organised in contrast to India. China has problems on its eastern front which will take another eight years to be solved and this allows us to buy some time to come together to build up the infrastructure, Bakshi said. He underscored the fact that it is time the political parties fighting to be voted to power to come under one roof and make security the main issue.

Since China is very close to Pakistan, there is often a jingoistic talk of two-front war but that is largely not sustainable. The retired IAF Wing Commander and now a defence adviser lamented on the issue that while China makes 85-90 per cent of its weapons and ammunitions, India is largely dependent on import of rifles, machine guns, tanks and artillery. “You cannot fight a war being dependent on foreign supply as they can stop supplying or demand exorbitant rates during war like it happened in Kargil. Our condition is pathetic,” Bakshi was quoted as saying.

Asked on is India’s eastern frontier strong enough to combat Chinese attack, Bakshi said “infrastructure is underdeveloped and this has been our major problem. Our infrastructure is dismal and even if we work on a break-neck speed it will take at least seven years to improve the situation.

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