Allegations through book by Retd. Joint Secretary Vijay Gokhale
New Delhi – China had taken the help of the Communists in India to stop the nuclear deal between India and the US in 2007 and 2008. China had tried to create an opposition group with the assistance of these Parties, claimed Retd. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. He has published a book – ‘The Long Game : How the Chinese negotiate with India’ in which many secrets have been revealed.
Vijay Gokhale was the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2007 to 2009. In the nuclear deal between India and the US, there was a provision to assist each other in the Atomic and Technology fields. Bilateral relations between the two Nations consolidated after the deal.
In his exclusive interview to CNN-News18’s @rupashreenanda, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury rubbishes claims made by former foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale in his book, ‘The Long Game’.https://t.co/FCCt1x8S6e
— News18.com (@news18dotcom) August 3, 2021
Here are some more aspects in Gokhale’s book :
1. China had close ties with the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Top leaders of the Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist) would travel to China for meetings or medical treatment. China had tried to oppose the nuclear deal through these Parties.
2. Both parties were avowedly nationalist when it came to the boundary question and other matters of bilateral interest, but the Chinese were aware that they had fundamental concerns about the Indo-US nuclear deal. Therefore, China tried to interfere in the nuclear deal between India and the US.
3. Knowing the influence that the Left parties wielded in the United Progressive Alliance Government of Dr. Manmohan Singh, China perhaps played on their fears about India’s tilt to the Americans. This may have been the first example of China’s foray into domestic politics, but they were careful to remain behind the scenes.
We did not oppose the nuclear deal because of China : Prakash Karat, General Secretary of CPI (M)
(Will the Communist Parties ever accept that they assisted China in opposing India ? – Editor)
Karat said, “Our opposition to the nuclear deal was because it cements the Indo-US strategic alliance of which the military collaboration was the key. (Why were these Communists against strengthening of relations between India and US ? Understand that these Parties opposed the deal because India was getting closer to the US, and not China. US and China are enemies. – Editor)
The past of Communist Parties in India is also laden with slavery to China and USSR
If Vijay Gokhale’s narration is true, this is not the first instance that the Left Parties, when faced a conflict between their ideological international allies and the national interests, chose the former.
Even before Independence, during World War 2 in 1939, when USSR and Nazi Germany were on the same side, undivided Communist Party of India (CPI) refused to oppose Hitler.
However, when Hitler invaded USSR in June 1941, Moscow told Indian communists that the real fight was between fascism and the Allies. Therefore, they should support the British in their war effort.
The CPI dutifully did this, staying clear of the Quit India movement of 1942. Suddenly, the CPI became the loudest and most vocal supporter of the Allies and enemy of the Nazis.
When India got freedom in 1947, Communists denounced it as a false freedom. Communist stalwart BT Randive said, “Yah Azaadi Jhoota Hai”.