1962- A View from the Other Side of the Hill

The 1962 War was indeed a traumatic experience for the Indian arms. The story from the Indian side is generally well known but very little is known about how the Chinese planned and orchestrated the entire campaign. While India held a firm belief till the very end that China would not resort to a large scale military action; the Chinese on the other hand had been preparing for it since 1959. Even though the writing was on the wall, Indian Army allowed itself to be hustled into a war on those high Himalayas for which it was ill prepared……..a kind of hurtling towards a point of no return. Based on the Chinese literature, for the first time, this book has been able to delve into the Chinese thought process, their grand strategy and reconstruct various battles across the entire front from Chinese point of view; of course tempered with what is known from authentic Indian sources. It is a narrative that is designed to fill a great void that has existed all these years about the 1962 Indo-China War.



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author detailsAir Marshal Bharat Kumar is a retired officer from the Indian Air Force. 

Ms Bhavna Tripathy is an international security analyst. She has worked as a researcher with the Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research at the United Service Institution of India, New Delhi, and with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). She holds a Masters degree in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Major General GG Dwivedi a veteran of 1971 Indo Pak War was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1971. He was India’s Defence Attaché  in China and retired as Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, HQ IDS in 2009. Currently, he is a Professor and Chairman, International Studies, Aligarh Muslim University.



Major General PJS Sandhu a veteran of 1971 Indo Pak war was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1966 and retired after 37 years of service. Presently, he is the Deputy Director and Editor of the United Service Institution (USI) of India.



Ambassador RS Kalha, IFS is a former Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and a former Member of the National Human Rights Commission. While in service, he was a member of the China Study Group and led India for the 6th, 7th and 8th Round of boundary talks with China.



Lieutenant General Vinay Shankar, a veteran of 62,65 & 71 Indo Pak Wars,  served in the Indian Army for 40 years. During his service he was was involved in counter-insurgency operations in Nagaland and Manipur. Currently he is a council member of the United Service Institution (USI) of India.