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By Shiv Kunal Verma

On 20 October 1962, excessive within the Himalayas at the banks of the fast-flowing Nam Ka Chu, over four hundred Indian squaddies have been massacred and the valley used to be overrun by means of squaddies of China’s People’s Liberation military. Over the process the following month, approximately 4,000 infantrymen have been killed on each side and the Indian military skilled its worst defeat ever. The clash (war used to be by no means officially declared) ended simply because China introduced a unilateral ceasefire on 21 November and halted its hitherto unhindered enhance throughout NEFA and Ladakh. so as to add to India’s lasting disgrace, neither top Minister Jawaharlal Nehru nor the Indian military used to be even conscious that the ‘war’ had ended till they heard the declaration at the radio—despite the Indian embassy having been given the knowledge days earlier.This clash remains to be one in every of our least understood episodes. Many books were written at the occasions of the time, frequently by way of those that have been taken with a way, apprehensive to supply justification for his or her activities. those money owed have simply succeeded in muddying the image extra. what's transparent is that 1962 was once an unmitigated catastrophe. The terrain on which many of the battles have been fought (or no longer fought) was once distant and inaccessible; the troops have been sorely underequipped, missing even hot garments; and the boys and officials who attempted to make a stand have been time and again enable down by means of their political and armed forces superiors. many times, in Nam Ka Chu, Bum-la, Tawang, Se-la, Thembang, Bomdila—all within the Kameng Frontier department of NEFA within the jap Sector—and in Ladakh and Chusul within the Western quarter, our forces have been mismanaged, misdirected or left to fend for themselves. If the chinese language military hadn’t determined to forestall its successful crusade, the wear and tear might were a ways worse.In this definitive account of the clash, according to dozens of interviews with infantrymen and various others who had a first-hand view of what truly occurred in 1962, Shiv Kunal Verma takes us on an uncomfortable trip via some of the most disastrous episodes of autonomous India’s history.

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