India-China War

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  • Aniket Bhujbal asked: Will India beat China in a war?

    R N Das replies: The question seems irrelevant particularly at a time when both India and China are engaged in trust-building measures. China has already made some positive overtures, like issuing proper visas, unlike the earlier stapled visas, to Indian journalists from Jammu and Kashmir who attended the BRICS Summit in Sanya, China, last April. It is also reported that defence exchanges between India and China, which was suspended earlier owing to the stapled visa issue, is going to be resumed soon. There is also the provision for a hotline telephone connection between the Prime Ministers of the two countries. Bilateral trade between the two has also crossed 60 billion US dollars, creating mutual inter-dependence. In spite of all this, there is no letup in India’s defence preparedness to face any kind of threat to its territorial integrity and security from any quarter, including China. Let the defence preparedness be the concern of the Defence and Security Agencies. It serves no purpose to create a paranoia about China, which is India’s mighty and important neigbour.

    Lest We Forgot: The Battle of Rezang La

    While recalling the 1962 conflict we often refer to India’s ‘humiliating defeat’ at Chinese hands and forget that the Jawan of the Indian Army invariably fought with exceptional bravery and valour in the most trying conditions often without winter clothing and in some cases even without adequate ammunition.

    November 18, 2009

    The 1962 India-China War and Kargil 1999: Restrictions on the Use of Air Power

    The paper examines the utilisation of air power in the 1962 India-China war and in the 1999 Kargil conflict. The study reveals a certain continuity in the attitudes to the use of offensive air power in limited conflicts. Both in 1962 and in 1999, the use of air power was hedged about with various restrictions. Underlying these appears to be the belief that the use of offensive air power is fundamentally escalatory. Hence there is a hesitation to commit offensive air power assets.

    July 2003