War of 1962

India-China war: the true story

Print edition : April 18, 2014

A wounded victim of of the war being carried to an Indian Air Force helicopter in NEFA for evacuation to a hospital. Photo: The Hindu Archives

December, 1962: Nehru and Defence Minister Y.B. Chavan talking to jawans in one of the bunkers in the forward areas in NEFA. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

April 19, 1960: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru greeting Chinese Premier Zhou En-lai upon his arrival in New Delhi. Zhou's visit have the Jana Sangh an opportunity to address a memorandum to Nehru on China's supposed evil designs on India. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Lieutenant General T.B. Henderson Brooks receiving the Vishisht Seva Medal (Class I) from President S. Radhakrishnan on May 21, 1965. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Prem Singh Bhagat, who as, as a Brigadier, was Henderson Brooks' colleague in the inquiry into the 1962 war. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Wajahat Habibullah, who, as Chief Information Commissioner, rejected an application for a copy of the Henderson Brooks report. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

November 14, 1962: A rally in Bangalore in support of the military action. The nation, fed on myths, believed that the McMahon Line was under threat. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

November 27, 1962: Tibetan refugees haul long sticks of wood along a mountain road in NEFA to help Indian troops. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Now that the Henderson Brooks report is out in the public domain, are we at least now prepared to accept the historical truths, swallow false pride, alert the nation to the truths and make an earnest, determined bid for a solution to the boundary dispute with China?

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