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Soldiers of the Assam Rifles arrive by train at Tezpau, during border clashes with China, 1962 | Terry Fincher/Express/Getty Images

56 years after China war, India still lacks crucial strategic culture

India did not modify its strategy to make optimum use of limited capacity and virtually courted defeat in 1962.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of National Police Memorial | Atul Yadav/PTI

This 1959 incident in Ladakh is behind the Police Commemoration Day observed today

21 October is Police Commemoration Day, dedicated to paramilitary & police personnel who died on duty.
Jawaharlal Nehru

How India asked for trouble in 1962

Jawaharlal Nehru’s ambitions for India came crashing down because he did not match his aspirations with hard power.
Nehru and Zhou Enlai

China’s real aim in 1962 was to cut Nehru down to size and neutralise India as a rival

The politico-strategic aim of the war was to ‘teach India a lesson’, and prevent it from challenging the Chinese borders and sovereignty over Tibet.
Jawaharlal Nehru | Baron/Getty Images

Not China, 1962 war called India’s bluff

Ahead of 1962 war, Jawaharlal Nehru panicked and sacrificed strategy for tactical actions
China's India war

China’s objective in the 1962 war was to teach India a lesson, says new book

A new book attempts to dispel the notion that India was the provocateur in the 1962 war with China. 'China's India War' by Bertil Lintner says that China had caught India by surprise and it had a simple objective.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.