India’s regional hegemonism against smaller neighboring countries is the root cause of all problems, Cheng Xizhong, visiting professor at Southwest University and former Defense Attache in South Asian countries said.
India has been constantly creating conflicts with its neighbors. In the border areas between China and India, the Indian army has repeatedly crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and deliberately launched provocative attacks against Chinese troops.
Last year, India released a new version of the political map, classifying the disputed areas between India and Nepal as “Indian territory”. The Indian army frequently launches fierce attacks on Pakistan, firing indiscriminately and for no reason on the Pakistani side near the line of control in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In order to be a regional overlord, India goes too far in bullying others, he said in an article. He observed that it has become a common method of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Narendra Modi to divert the public attention from the domestic focus through foreign military operations.
Populism is becoming a challenge to the development of India. No matter it is the BJP or other political parties, it is difficult for India’s elite to avoid the influence of populist politics under the democratic system.
What’s more dangerous is that the Indian media are also full of populism. They maliciously publicize and report on neighboring countries, deliberately provoking people’s hostility to other countries, thus making the situation worse and worse, he added.—KMS