Deep penetration of China in country’s energy, IT sectors a cause for concern

The three-day all-India executive meeting of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the 87-year-old organisation, came to an end at suburban Kelambakkam here on Sunday, with a call to formulate a comprehensive national security policy.

Contending that China posed a threat in cyber technology and communications, a resolution said the neighbouring country, with huge investments in cyber warfare security, had become so strong that it could cripple the technological capabilities of even advanced nations such as the U.S.

“The deep penetration of China in vital sectors like energy, information and communication technology, industry and commerce in India and its designs to divert our river waters are a serious cause of concern.”

The resolution further said China had strategically built and upgraded its infrastructure along the India-Tibet border that includes a network of airbases, missile launching pads, cantonments and other infrastructure.

Nitin Gadkari

RSS all-India general secretary Suresh Joshi told reporters that the Sangh did not have an in-built mechanism of conducting an internal enquiry against Bharatiya Janata president Nitin Gadkari, against whom certain charges had been levelled by India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal. A probe, if at all necessary, should be done impartially.

Asked whether the RSS would support Mr. Gadkari for a second term as BJP president, Mr. Joshi said the RSS had no role in it and issues relating to the BJP were not discussed during the meeting. To another question, he said there was no problem if industrialists and businessmen entered politics as long as they enjoyed a clean image in public life.

Narendra Modi

On Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi being projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he said it was for the BJP to decide. However, it was too early to comment on the fortunes of elections that were far away. Mr. Joshi added that it would be decided by the people.

Kudankulam

On the Kudankulam issue, the senior RSS leader said development projects were welcome, but they should not go against the interests of the people or the environment. People had the right to protest, but what was shocking in the Kudankulam issue was the role of foreign elements and also that of the church, he said.