A Chinese strategist has advocated that China should help divide India and support factions of the Assamese, Kashmiris and Tamilians, breaking up India into 20-30 independent nation-states like Europe and eradicate the caste system. Zhong Guo Zhan Lue Gang in his article (in Chinese language) captioned If China takes a little action, the so-called Great Indian Federation can be broken up, posted on the Beijing website suggests the dismemberment of India. Traditionally, the Chinese are very tight-lipped regarding any overt or covert propaganda of this sort. In fact the Chinese are famous for their pokerfaced diplomacy, in which they give away little or no indication of their inner thoughts. The timing of the article was of importance, coinciding with the 13th round of Sino-Indian border talks at New Delhi, August 7-8, 2009. Interestingly, the article was reproduced in several other strategic and military websites of India and sent ripples in the Indian media. Two articles carried by The Hindu, known for its pro-China leanings, deserve mention. The first, appearing on August 9, 2009, titled China Should Break up the Indian Union, Says A Chinese Strategist, was written by Shri D S Rajan, Director of Chennai Centre for China Studies. The second, carried in the issue of August 17, 2009, titled Does Beijing Really Want to break Up India? penned by Shri Ananth Krishnan, who has recently taken over as the The Hindu's Beijing correspondent, tried to castigate the Chinese for their dare and declared the move to be Chinese government sponsored. B Raman, former RAW operative and regular contributor to apparently RAW sponsored South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG)'s webpage, in his article carried on August 17, 2009, titled: China: As Seen & Interpreted by The Hindu takes The Hindu to task and attempts damage control. In the bargain, he also reveals some of RAW's modus operandi. He first sheds some light on the credentials of D S Rajan, stating that before the Sino-Indian war of 1962, the Government of India was largely dependent on the media monitoring agencies of the UK and the US for monitoring and analysing the writings and broadcasts of the Chinese language media. After the war, the government of Jawaharlal Nehru realised that it was unwise to totally depend on the Chinese media monitoring and analysis services of the West and decided to build up India's own capability. In the years following the 1962 war, a crash drive was undertaken by the Indian government to recruit and train a group of young people fresh from the universities in the Chinese and Japanese languages and make them responsible for monitoring and analysing the Chinese and Japanese language media. Shri Rajan was one of those thus recruited and trained by being sent abroad for improving his proficiency. Commenting and quoting from Shri Rajan's article, B Raman quips: "The Chinese article in question will certainly outrage readers in India. Its suggestion that China can follow a strategy to dismember India, a country always with a tradition of unity in diversity, is atrocious, to say the least. The write-up could not have been published without the permission of the Chinese authorities, but it is sure that Beijing will wash its hands out of this if the matter is taken up with it by New Delhi. It has generally been seen that China is speaking in two voices - its diplomatic interlocutors have always shown understanding during their dealings with their Indian counterparts, but its selected media is pouring venom on India in their reporting. Which one to believe is a question confronting the public opinion and even policy makers in India. In any case, an approach of panic towards such outbursts will be a mistake, but also ignoring them will prove to be costly for India." B Raman based on his RAW experience quotes from his version of history: "In the 1950s, a number of maps of the Indo-Chinese border started circulating in China and appearing in sections of the Chinese media. The Indian intelligence rightly brought these to the notice of Nehru, the then PM, who took up the matter with Chou En-lai, his Chinese counterpart. He assured Nehru that these maps were circulated by private individuals and had been prepared by the Taiwanese before 1949. He told Nehru that India should not worry about them. Nehru was shocked before the 1962 war when the Chinese used the very same maps, which Chou had described as not official, for claiming large parts of Indian territory and occupying much of it. Today, it is on the basis of the very same maps which the Chinese portrayed as not official that they are claiming Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese territory." The former RAW operative questions Ananth Krishnan's claim asking where the article has said that this was a Chinese government-sponsored think-tank or linked to the China Institute for International Strategic Studies. Mr Raman, the article has been reproduced in several other strategic and military websites and the authoritative host site is located in Beijing and is the new edition of one, CIISS, www.chinaiiss.ord A brief look at other India media comments: Kingshuk Nag's article of August 12, 209, posted on Rediff.com gives a loud and clear message to the Indians in its title: Wake up China wants to break up India. So does Reshma Patil of Hindustan Times, in her Op-Ed titled: India easy to break up: Chinese strategist. The operative lesson for India is that its state terrorism meted out to all its minorities and hegemonic policies towards each and every one of its neighbours has made it an object of loathing and hate. It should not be a surprise if they gang up together and serve some of its own medicine to it. Whether the Chinese government is responsible for the article calling for the "break-up of India" or not is irrelevant. What is more important is for India to examine its excesses and read the writing on the wall ala the Soviet Union The writer is a political and defence analyst