Remembering 1962 Sino-Indian border war: politics of memory

Anand, D. 2012. Remembering 1962 Sino-Indian border war: politics of memory. Journal of Defence Studies. 6 (4), pp. 229-248.

TitleRemembering 1962 Sino-Indian border war: politics of memory
AuthorsAnand, D.
Abstract

How does India remember the 1962 border war with China? The article argues that there are two ways in which the war is recalled in the country and both of them are betrayal narratives, one blaming the Chinese alone and the second blaming the Chinese expansionism as well as the naive leadership of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The main focus of the article will be on a critical analysis of the three primary assumptions made by the betrayal narratives: the legitimacy of Indian claims; the unexpected Chinese aggression; and the singular failure of Indian political leadership. It will argue that these narratives prevent an honest evaluation of the military and diplomatic failure that contributed to the border war.

JournalJournal of Defence Studies
Journal citation6 (4), pp. 229-248
ISSN0976-1004
YearOct 2012
PublisherInstitute for Defence Studies and Analyses
Web address (URL)http://www.idsa.in/jds/6_4_2012_Remembering1962SinoIndianBorderWar_DibyeshAnand
Publication dates
PublishedOct 2012

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