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The Family and Foreign Powers – Curious Episodes of Indian Politics

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Congress party has been throwing unfound claims about the border situation towards the Modi government. However, it has failed to respond to the revelations in which Congress was found to be taking money from China for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, a body which is essentially run by the Sonia Gandhi’s family.

Congress entered into a pact with China’s Communist Party in 2008. Having pacts with any countries including China, even amidst any rough pace is fine at the governmental level. But Congress has been unable to explain its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party in a private capacity, specially having permanent communication with Sonia Gandhi’s family. In this light, Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with the Chinese embassy, which he tried to keep as secret during the Doklam stand-off, further raises questions. Now, when almost all political parties have stood by the Centre against Chinese aggression, Congress is trying to build new controversies which may make someone wonder –  are they part of propaganda war unleashed by the Chinese against India?

Times Now channel also reported that after Rajiv Gandhi Foundation receiving donation from China, UPA government had shown a hurry to close the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The report stated that though the deadline for negotiations was 2016, then Union Minister Anand Sharma closed the deal in 2011 disregarding the concerns expressed by the senior bureaucrats. It should be noted here that the Modi government decided to walk out of this deal, as it was found that the deal was not serving the interests of Indian farmers and small entrepreneurs.

Domination of Foreign Powers & the Family

It is not the first time that India is witnessing foreign powers seemingly getting an advantage through the Nehru-Gandhi family at the helm of national affairs.

In 2005, it was brought to the public domain that the Soviet Russia’s spy wing KGB intruded into Indian institutions, press and even the Prime Minister’s Office when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister!

From 1972 to 1984, Major Vasiliy Mitrokhin was a senior archivist in the KGB’s foreign intelligence archive, who had all the access to hundreds of thousands of files from a global network of spies and intelligence gathering operations. Angered by the Soviet Union’s regime of suppression, he copied major documents secretly and produced a book which is known as The Mitrokhin Archive.

Among many shocking revelations the archive told about India, this is the chilling one: KGB sent suitcases of money to Indira Gandhi’s house when she was Prime Minister, and former Railway Minister L N Mishra accepted money.

It also claimed that KGB funded the Communist Party of India (CPI) and that in the 1977 elections, 21 non-Communist leaders had been financed.

But it was said that all these may not came to the notice of Indira Gandhi, which is hard to believe considering her clout and control over the administration at that point in time!

The Mitrokhin Archive also claimed that ten Indian newspapers and one press agency were on the Soviet payroll. In 1972, the KGB claimed to have planted more than 3,500 articles in Indian newspapers.

This should alarm us about the present situation as well

At a time when the nation is facing Chinese aggression, some people who claim to be defence analysts are trying to sow seeds of doubts among Indian citizens on the border situation. But when Chinese intrusions were reported under the UPA, these very people argued that since the boundaries are not defined, it is wrong to argue that Chinese had come to Indian territories.

The recent revelations have made it clear that the Chinese funding mechanism had reached to the highest level of people who were at the helm of UPA government. Those powers might have manipulated the other areas too. Now, China is waging an aggressive disinformation war to put India on the backfoot. So, it is very important for citizens to check the credentials of opinion makers before buying into their argument.