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Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai

The five-decades old slogan Hindi chini, bhai bhai ( for those of you who don’t know, it’s translates to “indians and chinese are brothers,”) by Jawaharlal Nehru, made this historic and most quintessential brotherhood statement. Much water has since then flowed down the rivers Ganga and the Yangtze, the attainment of brotherhood is yet a distant cry.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao asserted that the two countries were not rivals or competitors but friendly neighbours who were out to further improve their relations through cooperation.

Noting that India and China were the largest developing countries with the fastest economic growth, he talked about Panchsheel and emphasised that the two countries should work together to make the 21st century that of Asia.

“Some see India and China as competitors… I disagree,” Wen said addressing and interacting with the students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi before winding up his four-day “historic” visit to the country.

“India and China are friendly neighbours and not rivals,” he said in the address which he concluded by uttering Hindi chini, bhai bhai in Hindi, a famous slogan of 1950s which was clouded by the 1962 war, drawing all round applause.

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  1. Joseph says:

    Let’s make believe that this five-decade old slogan: “Hindi Chini, Bhai Bhai” will remain & continue to be the one consistently used from hence forward.

    No more: “Chinna Chinna Chong Chong” & no more: “Hindi Chini Bye Bye”.

    Chinese in India, whether Indian citizens or otherwise, should realize that no matter how much they say or feel they are Indians or not, the perception of having a different skin colour & features show that division whether they like it or not. The same applies to all mainstream Indians who have taken up citizenship or residency abroad outside India. This is given and there’s nothing wrong with this – everyone is only human.

    Hence, there’s nothing wrong or to feel ashamed of when called “Chini” even though you are Indian citizen (100%). It is out of goodwill & kind gesture by the caller.

    With China rise in the world stage coupled with improved relations between India & China, it is natural that Indian Chinese, whether Indian citizens or otherwise, will receive due respect from all fellow Indians.

    Jai Ho!!!! Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai!!!!!

  2. ravi says:

    “Hindi Chinni Bhai Bhai” is the most appropriate slogan in the two videos below – in which the Slumdog Millionaire’s three child actors participated in a charity show in Hong Kong, China to perform and show their skills in Cantonese. Their performance raised a large sum of monies from donors. Enjoy……

    Jai Ho!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwEHemcfHQc&feature=channel_page
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICcagUgL1DU&feature=channel_page

    Sorry the images of first video is not very clear.

    All in all, we share the same world and the same air that we breathe. After all, it’s a Small, Small World.

  3. Slyvester says:

    The following is front-page news from:
    Source: The Telegraph, Kolkata
    Date: August 10, 2009.

    Aw, India is less macho now
    – Candid navy chief: Military no match for China’s might

    OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

    New Delhi, Aug. 10: The country’s seniormost serving commander has admitted that India’s military is no match for China’s might — the most candid public confession by an officer that did not change ground rules but can touch a raw nerve.

    Admiral Sureesh Mehta, the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee and the chief of naval staff, added that New Delhi also does not have the “intention” to be comparable to China.

    “In military terms, both conventional and non-conventional, we neither have the capability nor the intention to match China, force by force,” the admiral, who retires at the end of the month, said here this evening at a lecture organised by the National Maritime Foundation, a thinktank of the navy.

    For most of the last six decades, the ethos of the Indian military has been to prepare for a battle on two fronts — to the west with Pakistan and to the north with China.

    Even if the military balance with China is heavily loaded against India, it is simply not in the culture of armed forces officers to publicly acknowledge the weakness.

    Mehta has gone against the grain, fully aware that he was giving a reality check.

    “These are indeed sobering thoughts and, therefore, our strategy to deal with China would need to be in consonance with these realities,” he said.

    Mehta is the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee because he is the seniormost armed forces officer in the country.

    Among the audience this evening at the India Habitat Centre that heard his confession were the chief of air staff, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik; Admiral Mehta’s predecessor, the former navy chief, Admiral (retired) Arun Prakash; at least three other former armed forces chiefs, diplomats from India and abroad, retired armed forces officers and school students.

    “The traditional or ‘attritionist’ approach of matching ‘division for division’ must give way to harnessing modern technology for developing high situational awareness and creating a reliable stand-off deterrent,” Mehta said.

    Translated, this means Mehta is calling for a halt to matching China’s military in terms of numbers — of ships, submarines, army divisions or combat aircraft. Instead, he is urging that New Delhi’s military energies focus only on building a defensive capability. Mehta later said, answering a question from the media, “We cannot cope in terms of numbers, so we must look at technologies, get smarter.”

    In his lecture, he said: “On the military front, our strategy to deal with China must include reducing the military gap and countering the growing Chinese footprint in the Indian Ocean region.” To some extent, this would be possible if India developed relations with the littoral countries — largely island nations in the waters around India.

    Mehta emphasised that India’s military weakness vis-à-vis China was merely reflective of its backwardness in other spheres.

    “Whether in terms of GDP, defence spending or any other economic, social or development parameter, the gap between the two is just too wide to bridge (and getting wider by the day).”

    Mehta said that once China consolidated its national power and military capabilities, it would be more assertive with its claims in the neighbourhood. “Our ‘trust deficit’ with China can never be liquidated unless our boundary problems are resolved,” he said.

    But a military conflict would be damaging for both India and China. So it was important that New Delhi and Beijing “co-operate with each other in mutually beneficial endeavours, and ensure that the potential for conflict is minimised”, he said.

    India’s annual defence expenditure was approximately $30 billion for 2008-09. Mehta quoted US thinktank Rand Corporation and US Defence Intelligence Agency figures for China’s defence spending for the same period, which stood between $70 billion and $200 billion.

  4. satish says:

    The most candid public confession by an Indian officer in India’s senior-most serving commander did not come as a surprise to many.

    The reality check brings about a change in India’s military strategy urging the New Delhi’s military energies focus to change from combative to defensive capability and harnessing modern technology for developing high situational awareness and creating a reliable stand-off deterrent.

    China and India are good friendly neighbours and both are on the rise. Like North America and Europe, Asia is becoming a continent of strong nations.

    The rise of China should not be seen as a threat to world peace or to any nation or nations.

  5. arun says:

    great news article posting in the telegraph, kolkata:
    Aw, India is less macho now
    – Candid navy chief: Military no match for China’s might
    worth reading.

  6. vivek says:

    Who else can changed india’s strategy, of course the chinese. They always used bullied strategy as if every things belong to them or it is. Yes i agree if the chinese were not there the world would have been atleast few hundred years back. They invented from paper to rockets talk about anything the chinese has some influence in its development or invention. That’s why im a big fan and glad they are our neighbour.
    India has always avoided war that makes me proud, India is the only place where almost all living things gets respect.
    Happy Independence day!jai ho..

  7. ycl1688 says:

    Obviously China has to set up its defense at all cost, it has been China that has been carved up like a water melon, during colonial times and Western powers using gun boats diplomacy. Imagine Macao belonged to Portugal, Shanghai had different foreign zones, and dogs and chinese are not allowed in parks. Everything that could not have happened did happen right in chinese soil. As late as 60’s US military were present in Taiwan, and Macao and Hong Kong still under foreign rule.
    With that in mind, certainly its military has to be strong.

  8. prasant says:

    I agree with you, In India people worship everything even the non living things. There is a festival for iron tools and machinery. the factory worker will not use the tool and machinery on that day they will worship the iron tools and machinery. The hindu worship anything that help them earn their bread.

  9. rama says:

    yes, everything is worshipped in india. this is part of religious beliefs -rats, monkeys, snakes, cows, elephants etc….

    there is a mound in BBD Bag (Dalhousie Square) where hundreds of thousands of rats roam freely around a big square. the place is now a tourist attraction and listed in the tourist catalogue. people from faraway places commute long distance by trains/buses with nuts/food to feed them. Also, rats are found in abundance in many hindu temples roaming freely around the stone idols of hindu dieties and licking over milk poured over them.

    cows are found wondering in streets and roads over india and they are considered holy so they can majestically sit idle in the centre of major commerical roads to cause traffic congestion. nobody will try to turn them away.

    monkeys play havoc with residents of many villages but are left to do whatever they like as they are considered holy as hanuman.

    so, are cobra snakes – village children are not afraid of snakes and villages prefer their kids to be bitten rather than to capture snakes as they are holy.

  10. vivek says:

    That’s why we called it (incredible India) I think there is a plus side to it also. Because of their believes and religious tolerance they are preserving the natural world.

  11. babu says:

    Hi everyone,
    Nice to see a wide range of discussion in this blog, broadening the understanding of things around us. In hindu there are more than million gods. yes indeed its incredible, if the govt celebrate all the festival of gods than india will have 365days holidays.
    Glad to see there are very knowledgeable people in this blog having discussion to enrich culture understanding. Chinese culture is abig mystery for me but coming here in got some understanding, it is one of the best. Hopefully the relation between china and india get stronger, there are so much we can learn from china.

  12. ycl1688 says:

    I believe to some even sacrifice their own blood for the sake of not killing any living things. This is very common sight imagine they shake their string beds and let go the bedbugs in the morning and it is a scene of audience let go after a movie show. Then to the bedbugs it comes back for another show, another time. It is scary, yet it is true. No wonder rat and bugs poison never made powerful enough to kill the pest.

  13. ron says:

    when as a child growing up in kolkata, i’ve often witnessed the above incident of shaking off bed bugs from string beds (Kharthia); so much so that it never dawn on me to question why anyone would not spray insecticides to eradicate the thirsty blood suckers. now i know what it means for the Indians not to do so and why.
    from health science and not religious perspective, it is a vicious cycle that is repeated everyday.

  14. arrat says:

    For some people their life is a vicious cycle every day they cross one freezing mountain to find there are more ahead if they do not take on the mountains their family has to sleep hungry, so much vicious their life is they actually got acquainted. In spite of viciousness, they still making it across each day, for many to have a sound sleep, for others hoping to find the promise land .It is not by choice or force but by faith. yet life goes on with the faith there will be a new tomorrow.

    “readers please judge” just got inspired by above posting, only an expression not sure it is right at the same time didnt want to loose the inspiration(im not a professional).

  15. arrat says:

    Sorry correction just change “For some people” to “For many people in India”
    Thanks! as i have said im not a professional.

  16. Alex says:

    Hi ,
    my suggestion at the end instead of (new tomorrow) it sound better with “better tomorrow”.
    cheers.

  17. vivek says:

    I was just wondering in the olden days, do we indians refer to chinese as sugar as Chini=Sugar.

  18. ron says:

    arrat & alex,

    yes, there is so much truth about many indians who depend solely on faith for their everyday survival – to the point with some on the availability of their next meal in question.

    some years ago, an expat chinese friend of mine went on business trip to kolkata and stayed at the oberoi grand. every evening his indian counterpart, ce of kolkata branch, would take him out to dinner and then to dance clubs. he would give my friend a stack of ten rupee notes to sprinkle upon the dancing girls. it was an eye opener for him.

    then he would drive my friend back to the hotel. before doing that, he would stop by a side-walk where about fifty hungry street people were eagerly waiting for his arrival at the roadside. presumably a daily norm where his car would be surrounded on.

    what he did was to get off his car, leave about a few hundred rupees with the roadside eatery stall owner – for him to do the rest, i.e. the restaurant owner would clear up all the food in his kitchen to feed all hungry people patiently lined up.

    the scene had put my friend to tears in his heart.

    vivek,
    yes, chini=sugar is referred by indian to chinese. there is a story to it, but i can’t remember.