Not just Nehru, China’s 1962 war on India also a counter to Mao’s secrets


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It is now exactly 60 years since tens of thousands of regular Chinese troops poured across India’s northern borders, from Ladakh in the west to then-Northeast Frontier Agency (NEFA) in the east. But, to the surprise of many, after little over a month of fighting in 1962, and having inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Indian forces defending the border, the Chinese declared a unilateral ceasefire and withdrew their troops to pre-war positions. Nehru’s fault? There are many theories as to why the Chinese attacked and acted as they did, and for years Neville Maxwell’s India’s China War, which was...