It is a matter of satisfaction that Doklam issue has been resolved peacefully at least for the present when both India and china withdrew its troops avoiding any conflict. It has also shut mouths of some astrologers who always predicted an Indo-China war in near future. Indeed it is a great diplomatic achievement of Indian Foreign Ministry.
But a section of Indian media is unnecessarily trying to again provoke the situation by highlighting it as a defeat of China. Undoubtedly India is now in a position to take any challenge from China unlike the most humiliating defeat of the year 1962. But since any war inflicts great unrepairable damage to both the warring sides, it is always better to avoid it especially when the world is on edge of a third world-war with possibility of India becoming base for it not ruled out.
One hopes the decision on Doklam, which comes a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to go to China, will guide the bilateral spirit beyond the September 3-5 BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen. Once Mr. Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met, diplomats must begin the heavy lifting required to repair the rupture in ties over the past few months, beginning with the cancellation of the Nathu La route for Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrims.
The past two and a half months are also a lesson that India cannot be unprepared for another Doklam, as Chief of the Army Staff Bipin Rawat said on Sunday. India must necessarily hope for the best, and prepare for the worst, when it comes to tensions with its northern neighbour.
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