Tuesday, January 27, 2004

In the year 2010...

Former Indian Army chief General S Padmanabhan says that by 2010 another India/Pakistan war will errupt. In this war, Padmanabhan writes, "the Americans will support Pakistan while China will change track and join Russia in supporting India."

The feel good factor emanating on both sides of the border, and in particular New Delhi's ties with Washington in the aftermath of the 12th SAARC summit, will not last long, says former Indian Army chief General S Padmanabhan.

In his forthcoming book "The Writing on the Wall", General Padmanabhan predicts that Washington will prove to be a major threat to India's national interests after 2008.

According to the Daily Times, which has been given exclusive access to the contents of the book, Padmanabhan has also predicted a fifth war (including Kargil 1999) taking place between India and Pakistan by 2010.

In this war, he says the Americans will support Pakistan while China will change track and join Russia in supporting India.

Presenting a brief history of the Westphalia model of nation-states, he claims that the US policy of demanding the "right of way" for pursuing its national aims will possibly be the catalyst for a confrontation with India.

"To India, this tendency of the US poses dangers to her hard-won independence and her right to chart her own course to progress and prosperity of her people," he says.


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