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 through squaddies of China’s People’s Liberation military. Over the process the subsequent month, approximately 4,000 squaddies have been killed on either 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 develop throughout NEFA and Ladakh. so as to add to India’s lasting disgrace, neither major Minister Jawaharlal Nehru nor the Indian military was once even conscious that the ‘war’ had ended until eventually they heard the declaration at the radio—despite the Indian embassy having been given the knowledge days earlier.This clash remains to be considered one of our least understood episodes. Many books were written at the occasions of the time, often through those that have been fascinated about a way, fearful to supply justification for his or her activities. those debts have in basic terms succeeded in muddying the image additional. what's transparent is that 1962 used to be an unmitigated catastrophe. The terrain on which many of the battles have been fought (or now not 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 many times allow down by means of their political and army superiors. many times, in Nam Ka Chu, Bum-la, Tawang, Se-la, Thembang, Bomdila—all within the Kameng Frontier department of NEFA within the japanese Sector—and in Ladakh and Chusul within the Western region, our forces have been mismanaged, misdirected or left to fend for themselves. If the chinese language military hadn’t made up our minds to forestall its positive crusade, the wear might were a ways worse.In this definitive account of the clash, in keeping with dozens of interviews with infantrymen and various others who had a first-hand view of what really occurred in 1962, Shiv Kunal Verma takes us on an uncomfortable trip via the most disastrous episodes of self sustaining India’s history.

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