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Abhishek Tyagi asked: Why did India not opt for full fledged war with China in 1962 using navy and air force to support army operations?

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  • Reply: In the fiftieth year of the Sino-Indian War of 1962, the Journal of Defence Studies (an IDSA Journal) has put together a Special Issue that analyses the causes of the conflict as well as lessons for the present. The entire Special Issue can be accessed at

    Also, refer to R. Sukumaran, “The 1962 India-China War and Kargil 1999: Restrictions on the Use of Air Power”, Strategic Analysis, 27 (3), July 2003, at

    Following comments appeared on the subject on the IDSA website:

    The Two Myths of 1962,
    By Ramesh Phadke, October 31, 2012

    Who started the fighting?
    By R. S. Kalha, October 17, 2012

    Who Started the Fighting---- The Sequel
    By R. S. Kalha, October 28, 2012

    What did China Gain at the End of the Fighting in November 1962?
    By R. S. Kalha, November 21, 2012