India After Independence

  • Aftermath

    The aftermath of the war saw sweeping changes in the Indian military to prepare it for similar conflicts in the future. There was immense pressure on the Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who was seen responsible for failing to anticipate the Chinese attack on India. Indians reacted with a surge in patriotism and memorials were erected for many of the Indian troops who died in the war.

  • Ceasefire and International view

    After the horrible war, China reached its claim lines and did not advance farther. Under immense international pressures, on 19 November  Zhou Enlai declared a unilateral cease-fire. By then, 1,383 Indian jawans were killed, 1,047 were wounded, 1,696 went missing and 3,968 were captured. While 722 Chinese soldiers were killed and 1,697 were wounded.

  • The War

    The war had begun, but Indians were not prepared. While the Chinese weare heavily prepared, Indians were confident that war would not be triggered and made little preparations. On 20 October 1962, the Chinese army launched two attacks, 1000 kilometres apart.

  • Events leading to the war

    In the year 1947, India won Independence which was accompanied by a dreadful partition of the nation. Soon afterwards, in 1949, the People's Republic of China (PRC) was established. One of the most basic policies for the Indian government was that of maintaining cordial relations with China, reviving its ancient friendly ties. India was among the first nations to grant diplomatic recognition to the newly-created  People's Republic of China.