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5 reasons why India lost the 1962 war with China

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  • Apr 30, 2013, 09:09 AM IST
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Tawang: Even after 51 years, the people of India are not aware of the circumstances and reasons that led to India's defeat in the 1962 India-China war.

 

The infiltration by the Chinese Army from the Ladakh region has increased to 19 kilometres into India, which is familiar to what happened during 1962. The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked the Congress-led government not to repeat the mistake of 1962 by taking the intrusions lightly.

 

India and China are the two Asian countries with highest population. There has been a border dispute between the countries since decades. India lost the 1962 war which happened because of the same dispute. Both countries have engaged into dialogues about the same but the governments could not come to a possibly concrete decision.

 

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    The reason why India lost the 1962 war: The reason behind the defeat of India in the 1962 war was India itself. India did not use its Air Force in the war. This petty reason led to India’s defeat. The decision of the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is still criticised widely. 

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    Land Forces fought the war: The one month-long war was fought only by the Indian Land Forces. The war was fought at a height of 14,000 feet. China also did not use the Navy and the Air Force. 

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    Army faced many problems: Though the Army reached the war site immediately after receiving orders, but they had to face a lot of problems. They not only faced problems related to ammunition and directions, but also the jawans had to pull the vehicles up to 14,000 feet.  

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    The then political leadership of India failed: The political leadership had ordered the Army to deploy jawans at every square kilometer of the border. Following the sudden orders, Army got to the border but they lacked the maps and the necessary weapons. 

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    Jawans fought in extreme cold: The jawans were fighting in extreme cold weather conditions at such a height. They faced a lot of problems doing the basic military and logistics work. They didn’t even have enough of warm clothes to wear.

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    Reason of the 1962 war: The first reason was the famous Tibet Plateau. The second reason was the border dispute of the Himalayan region. 

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    Chinese Army launched an attack on India from Ladakh side and McMohan Line on October 20, 1962. 

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    The war ended when the Chinese Army declared a ceasefire exactly after a month on 20 November, and simultaneously announced its withdrawal from the disputed area.

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