India's China War
The battle of Rezang La was the only bright spot for India in the 1962 war with China. In this Walk the Talk with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV 24x7, Ramchander Yadav and Nihal Singh, two of the six soldiers who survived that battle, look back at the events of that icy November morning 50 years ago
Walk the talk with Shekhar Gupta Indian Express Oct 31.2012
Our extensive retrospection on the drubbing we contrived to suffer in October-November 1962, ought to be as salutary as it is necessary, but the right questions must be asked — and by the right people. What went wrong, who were the villains, can there be a repeat, are we better prepared — all these carry many lessons but the comprehensiveness of our failures points to an equally comprehensive weakness: we could not behave as a state capable of looking after its affairs. Beyond material strengths, it is how one functions that counts. Without underestimating all that we have since achieved, we must realise that our bad habits have not improved while the vitiating pressures have become even more alarming.
Irrelevance of secularism
Of course, Gandhiji unilaterally suspended the movement after Chauri Chaura. Muslims were disappointed and left Congress in droves. There was never again another joint struggle against the British. Congress spurned Jinnah’s demands that there be minority rights guarantee for Muslims in the Motilal Nehru Report. Jinnah left India in disgust and resumed his law practice in London for the next six years. When he came back, his demand for minority rights had become a demand for a separate nation. Congress lost the Muslim vote and in 1946 did not win a single Muslim seat. Partition followed.