By Bhaskar Dutta Baruah
14 Oct , 2016
When China occupied Tibet, Prime Minister Nehru’s brows should have perspired, because he now had a monstrous red dragon to deal with, even as he struggled with mad dog Pakistan. But Defence Minister Krishna Menon was a powerful man with Communist leanings and Nehru-Menon took zero measures to empower India against the behemoth that now controlled the sources of some prime Indian rivers.
Even prior to their complete occupation of Tibet, China started building a National Highway, G219, connecting Xinjiang to Tibet via Aksai Chin and India ignored this development.
Although United States and Britain anticipated the ‘march of the red dragon’ and tried to empower India economically, their gestures were thwarted by ‘India’s Rasputin’ Menon, who saw our fortunes in China and Russia. Although neighbours next door could make better allies than distant powers, it should not be discounted that one superpower would not want another across its border – after 1962, it appeared that India was destined for a future as ‘China’s Canada’.
Even prior to their complete occupation of Tibet, China started building a National Highway, G219, connecting Xinjiang to Tibet via Aksai Chin and India ignored this development. “Nehru had been aware of the Chinese maps for some time but withheld the information from Parliament, fearing that it would inflame Indian public opinion…“ (Hyer, E; The Pragmatic Dragon…). Although Nehru-Menon later triggered 1962 primarily due to this issue, Nehru finally sidelined Menon and sought western help to fight China, because the routed Indian Military was unprepared for this war. When help arrived in the form of an alliance of anti-Soviets led by America (including Pakistan), China announced a ceasefire and Nehru complied, much to the world’s displeasure.
Fallouts of 1962