27 November, 2020

The Maker Of Two Revolutions

To deal with China Indian diplomacy needs a Chinese mix

The Maker Of Two Revolutions

DENG Xiaoping survived three purges and died two deaths. Every time he was purged, he came back with a vengeance. The first purge was wayback in the '30s. The last was in the '70s. He survived the opposition of Mao Zedong who referred to him as "that short man, there". But the short man proved more than equal to him when it came to survival. Physical shortness is not all.

Deaths are a different thing. He was not seen in public in the last three years of his life. What happened on February 19, 1997 was the last, physical death of Deng Xiaoping. He was dead a long time ago. This was a mere confirmation. But even in his death the basic modernity of the man was vividly apparent. No state guests for his funeral. No embalming of his body. Some years ago there was a Chinese TV serial called Yellow River Elegy which spoke of a riverine civilisation looking out towards the seas and oceans. That was the new vision—Deng Xiaoping represented that. Hence his ashes are going to be immersed in China's seas. The Chinese world has been traditionally bound by 'four...



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