Saturday, 4 March 2017

New Delhi Needs a Change in Tack Towards Beijing

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — India should accept and adjust to the reality that China is a first rate power with resources at its disposal and stake in Pakistan, according to Indian policy circles. Beijing would seek to ensure a rough parity between the two South Asian countries as well. India should have a more constructive stand than the hawkish one in the current establishment, said Srinath Raghavan, senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.
Any future engagement with China must be held keeping this “asymmetry of power” in mind. In that sense, it is worth pondering why the recent meeting between Indian foreign secretary and his Chinese counterpart in Beijing didn’t result in any progress on any substantive issues.

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life. The solar eclipse of February 26 does exactly this. A chart for the eclipse drawn for the midpoint between Delhi and Beijing is shown here. 

Notice that it places the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square on the horizon axis. This cardinal T-square between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto remains our biggest astrological influence through the first three-quarters of '17. The following extract from Astrobarry explains how one should respond to the challenge presented by the T-square.

Jupiter in Libra holds the promise of enhancing our capacity to weigh both sides of an equation, to advocate for fairness over domination, and to gracefully negotiate win-win solutions where all parties gain something while giving something else up. These are some of Libra's finest qualities, and Jupiter's presence there beckons us to invest greater enthusiasm and broad-sweeping vision in such approaches, as a counterbalance to both impetuous one-sided action in the name of unspecific 'change' (Uranus in Aries) and covert authoritarian dealings which seek to strengthen and secure existing status-quos by any means necessary (Pluto in Capricorn).

Jupiter in Libra welcomes us to openly engage in dialogue about what's broken, with the various stakeholders whose needs currently aren't being effectively met and/or who might have some novel suggestions for how to improve or refine the governing master-plan so it better addresses the divergent concerns of a wider audience. For Pluto-in-Capricorn architectures and authorities that are willing to dialogue-with full knowledge that such discussions could become quite intense or difficult-to-stomach, due to the criticality of owning one's blind-spots, trouble-zones, and power-abuses-this is an opportunity to improve how they're managing their longer-term life-investments.

Circumstances continuously shift. Previously unrecognized voices gain new prominence, bringing issues to light which haven't received their due attention before. Those who wish to 'rule' fairly, with broadened vision and an interest in appealing to others' underserved interests, will wisely include these voices into their new-and-improved objectives… though, in the process, they'll have to reengineer how they chase their own longstanding ambitions.

Of course, not all Pluto-in-Capricorn representatives will wish to compromise their existing command-of-power (even if it ultimately would serve them to adapt in the name of surer sustainability). That would mean giving up a position of dominance and/or certain perks that come with it, just so others can get more of what they want. It might even involve taking accountability for past actions which ignored, undervalued, or oppressed someone else's cares, as a means to more self-serving ends.

In such situations where Pluto isn't sincere about deconstructing and/or diffusing its power-status, Jupiter-in-Libra's calls to collaborate towards fairer conditions are likely to met with apparent enthusiasm… for it strengthens Pluto's foothold to seem amenable to Jupiter's mission, participating in a dialogue in order to quell the outside party's dissatisfaction, all the while co-opting the discourse for its own underhanded motives.

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