India flares regional tension


The Indian government plans to deploy the BrahMos missile its most advanced missile at the India-China border, and it would add new barriers in talks to peacefully address the border tension and further deteriotical use while posing no actual threat to China’s security. This is why tension keeps rising along the China-India border and unwanted military conflicts broke out. The deployment of the BrahMos shows India’s unstoppable greedy ambition to encroach on western China’s territory. Despite the theoretical threat to China’s border security, the People’s Liberation Army has been strengthening its air defense capability to intercept supersonic cruise missiles like the BrahMos.
China could even strike and destroy BrahMos missile silos and other military facilities in advance in events of conflicts, India’s poor infrastructure construction in west section of China-India border limits the maneuverability and invisibility of the missile base. The deployment of the BrahMos can be interpreted as India’s pretense of taking a tough stand over the matter, contrary to the fact that the two sides both emphasize the need to address the border issues through peaceful talks. The new weapon’s deployment in the border region will only add new barriers to talks to peacefully address the border tension and further deteriorate bilateral ties. The BrahMos is the most advanced supersonic cruise missile India has. Developed since 2007, it can be installed on ships, submarines, and aircraft and ground vehicles and has a range of up to 290 kilometers and a maximum speed of Mach 3. Internally, Hindutva activists are enforcing rigid code of normative Hindu culture and Islamophobia by pushing for withdrawal of progressive advertisements as part of the drive to make India a Hindu authoritarian state. It is no longer Incredible India but Intolerant India, the magazine’s headline proclaimed, pointing out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP is not inclined to fight hate. Islamophobia in India has escalated to ridiculous heights. Linguists point out that the language Urdu is not the sole preserve of Muslims in the country, but Urdu words are widely used in everyday speech and literary texts of Hindustani language.
Hindutva leaders are now turning Hindu festivals into a weapon against Muslims. The backlash against these recent advertisements is certainly an indicator of this trend.Such intolerance and backlash are undermining creative freedom in India and increasingly shrinking space for creativity. Advertisements in India have generally been a reflection or marker of changing times and society. However, the spate of attacks by intolerant right-wingers will make advertisement makers and corporations more concerned about not upsetting them than giving free rein to progressive ideas. The online abuse and trolling are not isolated or spontaneous acts but have the political backing of the powerful BJP IT cell. The BJP’s troll army soon took to Twitter, with #BanFabIndia trending and some even demanding that models in advertisements should have ‘Hindu appropriate dressing’ with women sporting a bindi, a traditional dot on the forehead of Indian women.
While the targeting of the skin bleach advertisement is an attempt to enforce rigid codes of normative Hindu culture with a homophobic worldview, the Fab India advertisement controversy is an attempt to entrench Islamophobia in the masses. The saffron brigade and its votaries, namely the BJP politicians, assign themselves the role of custodians of Indian culture.