If one event has deeply marked the Indian psyche since Independence, it is certainly the short
Sino-Indian conflict in October/November 1962.
The publication of a this book (in this particular case, a compilation) on this subject is therefore always welcome, as it helps to understand what went wrong, as well as the positive sides.
For the Indian nation, the 1962 conflict with China was indeed most traumatic, particularly for the nearly 4,000 prisoners of war (PoWs), the experience was extremely harrowing. Still today, some veterans who spent several months in the PoW’s camps in Tibet, refuse to speak to their families and friends about those dark days.
The Indian nation needs to understand what happened then to make sure that India does not have to live such painful times again.
Why Mao Attacked India
The Nehruvian Blunder
The Arrogant Men of 1962
No Use of Combat Air Power
Why the IAF was not Used
Mao Bluffed India
The Occupation of Tibet by China and the American Secret War
Tears of River Nam Ka Chu
The Se La Operation
Ten Truths about the War
Reflections of the Past
Face to Face with the PLA
Can the Humiliation of 1962 Repeat Itself?
How China Released Indian Troops after the War
Valour Stories from the Frontier
Lessons from the War in Ladakh
‘Secret Reports’ Lost Forever?
Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of a National Blunder!
Why Keep Henderson Brooks Report Secret?
Exorcise the Ghosts of 1962
And if India had Won 1962 War?
Recalling the Pain: Lessons Forgotten, Truth Buried
Why New Delhi Wants to Forget 1962?
The 1962 Lessons
Is 50 Years not Enough?
India has Changed Since 1962: China’s Adventure may end Xi’s Dream
Also available on
Author: Claude Arpi (Editor)