My rating – 4/5
As I finish this book… I would say “The book is lengthy but very well researched.”
If you are really interested to know the set of events which led to 1962 War then this book is a must read.
Unfortunately it doesn’t have any story of courage or valor of our Army men.
It has clearly explained the situations in details. Also, author hasn’t made any efforts to hide the foolishness of PM Nehru, Defense Min V K Krishna Menon or chief of Gen staff General Kaul. Although I am not yet sure whether these men at helm were misleading public or were misled themselves.
I like the writing of Neville Maxwell because of his genuine efforts to explain the complicated 1962 War.
Book starts with events of past (British Rule Era) which affected the 1962 tension.
As both the countries were separate by no man’s land at
1. Aksai Chin
2. The MacMahon line
and they failed to decide on one method to define the boundaries the quarrels began quite early.
But peace lover India didn’t anticipate future war.
India’s good relationship with Tibet was cunningly used by China to defend its attack on India.
One of the early idiotic move by Nehru was when he ignored Sardar Patel. It’s frustrating as Sardar Patel warned Nehru of consequences when he decided to not support Tibet against China in UN. And came up with phrase Hindi-Cheeni Bhai Bhai..
After the war was finished, India lost its reputation and stature at International level.
India’s wasn’t prepared for this war while PM Nehru was boasting in Parliament. Indian soldiers were without any backup and support in front of well equipped and prepared China army. Harsh and bitter truth that our men were sent to die.
Almost all events are explained from Indian & British side and China’s side is explained in a very short and brief manner. This book can be called biased because of representation of one side.
In the end I conclude by saying that this book is sufficient to understand the geography, history and politics of 1962 war.
Please read it for abundance of information.
Thank you ❤