NEW DELHI: The prolonged crisis along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh since May has prompted many questions about India’s preparedness to face the Chinese all across the Himalayan Frontier. The experience of 1962 when India suffered a heavy military defeat in a month-long border war has made many people apprehensive once again. But as StartNews Global has said in the past, 2020 is not 1962, as even experienced military officers who have led India’s efforts to secure the border areas point out. In this new series starting with this episode, Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale speaks to Lt Gen Devraj Anbu (retd), a former Commander of the Tezpur-based 4 Corps and Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan (retd), who headed the 2 Mountain Division–at one time the formation that had the largest area of responsibility along the Chinese border. Both the generals assert the new reality about India’s improved defences and changed mindset that has secured Arunachal Pradesh–where the main battle was fought in 1962–from any designs the Chinese may have.
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