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From 50 Years Ago: Defeat Chinese Aggression

Editorial from Volume XIV, No 43, October 27, 1962.

The Chinese aggression on the frontier has rapidly assumed menacing proportions. It is no longer confined to uninhabited and in­accessible heights of the Himalayas in the Ladakh area nor to one or two breaches of the McMahon Line. The Chinese have broken through with a massive three-pronged attack, occupied the road-head in the north-western part of NEFA and taken possession, for the first time, of a populated area in this region. The latest phase of the Chinese aggression has shocked the Indian people as nothing else had ever done…

...It is so easy to work up war hysteria and mass frenzy in this situation and so much more difficult to restrain the emotions and channel them into the directions which are necessary for the country to meet the challenge in the most effective manner possible. To re-orient the economy and re-phase the Plan, so that supplies may flow uninterruptedly for fighting a long-drawn campaign, and to ensure that this gearing of the economy to the needs of defence may not produce jolts and threaten a breakdown...

Both the people and the Government have behaved with admirable calm in this situation, the most trying that either has faced so far... Indian troops have been denied air support, despite their relative and often crippling disadvantage in arms…

...The disappearance of Tibet brought India into a direct confrontation with China, a new China, which has nevertheless inherited the expansionist urge of the old. We had not mentally prepared ourselves for this challenge...

In this hour of peril India needs, above all, faith in herself, and a renewal of faith in the principles, to which she has adhered so steadfastly, and despite occasional pin-pricks, with success...

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