15 January, 2021

Road To Fratricide

Examines the events leading up to the 1962 Chinese invasion, an experience deeply etched in our psyche.

N. Thiagarajan
Road To Fratricide
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A book on India-China relations is always a welcome break from our national fixation, Pakistan. This book examines the events leading up to the 1962 Chinese invasion, an experience deeply etched in our psyche. Although more a narration of events than a scholarly analysis, it brings out some interesting evidence. Nehru, who had bent backwards to please China, became the target of a vicious Chinese campaign portraying him as a "lackey of US imperialism". The war heaped humiliation on India when it least expected to be attacked. When Beijing finally halted, its ceasefire was conditional on the Indian military neither seeking to undo certain Chinese gains from the aggression nor setting up "more strong-points" in the western sector.

Bhutani doesn't explain why he chose 1957 as his starting point, other than he went to Beijing that year on his first diplomatic posting and India embarrassingly discovered that China had built a road through Indian territory. His title would have been better served had he examined events from when India and China became free. The clash was set in...

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