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From 50 Years Ago: Dealing with China

Editorial from Volume XIII, no. 47, November 25, 1961. 

The whole country must have been gravely disturbed to learn this week that the Chinese have been continuing their acts of aggression against India without the slightest regard for the agreement against further incursions between the two countries. The Parliament was under-standably stirred when it heard the news from the lips of the Prime Minister. It had been led to believe that the Government of India would not allow “even an inch of territory” to be added to what the Chinese have already occupied in Ladakh and elsewhere. And now, on Pandit Nehru’s own admission, the Chinese have in-filtrated up to five miles in at least two areas and have actually opened new checkposts there and linked them with roads – indicating most unmistakably that they do not have the slightest intention of withdrawing, and confirming also that these were no accidental intrusions but part of a careful and wilful plan. The question now is: What is the Government going to do about this... It is, in other words, of the very first impor-tance that Pandit Nehru should undertake an entirely fresh reappraisal of our policy to-wards China. We must quickly build ourselves into a position where China would be unable to treat our frontiers as thoroughfares. As a people we cannot risk annihilation for the sake of what would be a mere abstraction. The time for protest notes is past, even if we made them as stiff as cardboard.

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