Bangalore International Centre had arranged a panel discussion on “Sino-Indian Relations and Membership issue of Security Council of United Nations” on Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016 at 6.30 PM at its Auditorium. Amb. C V Ranganthan was the main speaker. The discussion was chaired and moderated by Amb. P S Raghavan.
In an incisive and insightful presentation, Amb. Ranganathan explained as to how China has emerged after it overthrew the old, dynastic rule and converted itself into a Republic. Till the time it was busy in settling its house in order, both politically and economically, it kept its profile low. Yet the political leadership was clear and focussed about their destiny and their vision about their place under the Sun. While the period up to the time of Mao had a ruthless approach both in its internal and external management of affairs, the post-Mao period has shown the gradual emergence of greater moderation and lesser toleration towards corruption. The growth and development during this period is phenomenal, though at considerable social cost. Both politically and economically, China is now a super power in its own right and plays a significant role in the global economy and the power structure.
Its relationship with India is far more pragmatic than what it used to be immediately prior to 1962 and thereafter. Amb. Ranganathan noted that the level of strategic and economic understanding and collaboration between China and India has been much higher in recent years. Occasional political posturings apart, both the countries have reached a reasonable comfort level in their mutual dealings, including the much-vexed boundary disputes issue.
In response to comments from the audience, Amb. Ranganathan was unequivocal in his criticism about the ham-handed approach of China towards Tibet and his Holiness, the Dalai Lama. He also expressed his grave doubt s about the authenticity of the much-circulated story about Prime Minister Nehru refusing the offer about a seat for India in the Security Council, and suggesting that instead of India it should be offered to China!. Amb Raghavan , who chaired and moderated the session with adroitness and skill, observed wryly that permanent seats in the United Nation Security Council are not exactly decided in such an informal fashion!!