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A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India sits on Black Top with Helmet under its boots. A 1962 tactic by China is now likely

For India, it would be naive to celebrate a small operation because China will not respond the way we did for the last four months.

Maharani Gayatri Devi once took on Nehru for the ‘mess’ he made of the 1962 China invasion

In ‘The House of Jaipur’, John Zubrzycki writes about the political and personal lives of India’s golden royal couple, Gayatri Devi and Man Singh.
Indian armed forces' personnel during PM Modi's visit to Leh, 3 July | PTI

What PLA’s India specialist officer said in 1962 gives us a clue to how China thinks

Zhang Guozhu communicated the decisions of the Central Military Commission to the frontline troops and hence, was well aware of China’s reasons for the war.
An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

In mountains, China’s military prowess has a vertical limit. 1962 is a half truth

What happens when two competing and nearly comparable military powers like China and India deploy their military might against each other in the Himalayas?
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

History shows coercion and aggression unsettle PLA. India must look at this option in Ladakh

Whether India’s politico-military establishment is willing to change the narrative, or continue with its restrained response is an acid test for the Modi govt.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Pakistan chuckled while India clashed at LAC. Forgot how China nibbled at its borders too

A serious threat may lead to Beijing hitting the pause button on territorial expansion, but in the long run the slow decadal expansionism will not cease.
Graphic by Ramadeep Kaur | ThePrint

As India, China face off again, late Brig Dalvi’s memoir on 1962 reminder of what went wrong

Late Brig J.P. Dalvi fought the 1962 war against China and was taken prisoner of war. His scathing words in his book, Himalayan Blunder, ring aloud on his 100th birth anniversary.
Victoria Cross Action by Havaldar (Later Honorary Captain) Umrao Singh of the 22 Medium Regiment, World War II, Battle of Kaladan Valley, Burma in 1944 | Source: Army

22 Medium Regiment, which took part in 1962 war, completes 100 years of its raising

In the battle of Bum La and Nuranag of 1962, the regiment played a crucial role in the fight against the Chinese. The regiment also participated in World War I and II.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

China is on LAC to tell India who the ‘big brother’ is, not to gain territory

Depending on the diplomatic and military response from India, PLA’s means will be calibrated to achieve China’s military aim.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

China has definitely crossed India’s Lakshman rekha but it won’t lead to 1962 again

Modi govt has brushed China's construction in Doklam under the carpet. Indians have managed to sustain the fiction of ‘victory’ at Doklam.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Banks have not a signed a single agreement for RBI’s debt recast scheme for high value loans

Tepid response to the debt recast scheme is being seen because there is lack of awareness and reluctance by banks, say bankers.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.