PM Narendra Modi greeted the US and its President, Joe Biden, on the American Independence Day on Sunday, the diplomatic courtesy contrasting starkly with the conspicuous silence of the political establishment here over the centenary celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) just three days ago.
In a tweet on Sunday morning, PM Modi said, “Warm felicitations and greetings to @POTUS @JoeBiden6 and the people of the USA on their 245th Independence Day. As vibrant democracies, India and the USA share values of freedom and liberty. Our strategic partnership has a truly global significance.”
On July 1, neither the Centre nor any Indian political party sent any congratulatory message to the CPC on its centenary celebrations. The deafening silence from the Indian establishment was broken only by CPM, whose general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, marked the occasion with a congratulatory letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he described Marxism-Leninism as a “creative science” which the CPC used to “innovate for the development of China”.
Neither BJP nor Congress or any other party acknowledged the event. The CPC centenary is not merely that of the largest political organization in the world. China, the nation that was born in 1949, is almost synonymous with CPC.
Chinese troops continue to threaten India on the LAC in eastern Ladakh, with a stand-off that is now over a year old.
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Questioned why India had not greeted the CPC, the MEA spokesperson batted away the query, telling journalists it was “not a government matter”.
Interestingly, BJP had, in February, sent greetings to the Communist Party of Vietnam for its anniversary during the five-year party Congress.
There is almost no likelihood of any greetings going out from India to the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, celebrated as PLA Day. Attention will focus on two other events later this year — October 1, the National Day of China, which has always seen official greetings from the Indian government.
We wish all Americans a successful celebration.
Source: Times of India