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When we fought with just hope: A heart touching tale of 1962 India China war

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A very cofident Chinese army under the expansionist Mao took Tibet, our dear Chacha was busy with Panchsheel and peace. The first home minister of Union of India, Iron Man Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was clear in his thoughts that we cannot trust China.

Known to be a visionary prime minister, with a vision of peace, paid no heeds to his requests, nor to the requests of the army which in 1947 had demanded modernization. The reply will shock you.

“We are a peace loving country, we don’t wage wars, we have batons, that’s enough”.

Well as an Indian in 2020 I still feel the slap on my face that had its impact in 1962. But this is not what we discuss today. Has anyone ever thought that how come china stop at LAC and not take all of Ladakh?

According to Mao, Tibet is the palm, with Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal as its five fingers and this hand belongs to China. So why did he stop?

International pressure- sure, but something happened way before it that broke the confidence of forward marching expansionist army.

 

We know what happened that led to invasion of India. The hunger and poverty and rise of a revolt in China was eminent, but Mao invaded India to protect his government. The forward posts were easy and Indian soldiers were easy to push back. Many advance land were vacant as we neither had the infrastructure, nor the clothing to have our presence felt in advance posts.

Although Indian army was taken by surprise and was not only underequiped and clueless, it was also unaware of movements of both reinforcement and enemy.

In all these circumstances, there was a spot called Rezang la, where a man of steel was stationed. With nearly 120 men with a few support staff a devil for the Chinese was waiting either for vijay (victory) or Veergati (supreme sacrifice).

 

Coincidentally his name was Major Shaitan Singh Bhati. His company consisted of 120 Ahir (Yadavs) of 13 Kumaon Regiment. Whatever happened that day gave you the lines of “ek ek ne 10 ko maara” (one Indian soldier killed 10 Chinese).

The company had been advised to vacate as they had only 600 rounds of ammunition, which was replied with a no from the commanding officer along with all his soldiers. They were ready to face anything, any unknown enemy, any invisible enemy as well. The bravehearts met action soon and foiled three attacks after which there was an artillery round of extensive firing. The position of Indian troops was blocked by mountains which led to no artillery support to the Indian side. Artillery, considered to be the God of war was against us, sealing the fate?

No.

When Chinese launched the attack they met with a resistance never seen before. The men fought with bare hands against well equipped Chinese, holding three men at once and smashing them into the rocks!

Yes, Indian soldiers literally held three Chinese soldiers and smashed them into the rocks. The sky had the cries of “Jay Dada Kishan “(Glory to forefather lord Krishna) echoing before every single braveheart fell. No resupply assured, no reinforcement and the men still willing to stay and fight for the motherland, seems this is bravest that can happen?

No.

Not a bullet to the back, all in the chest. The medic died with a syringe in his hand, a soldier died while reloading a RPG. Not a single man ran until the fight was on. 113 fell and nine were made war prisoners.

When one man fled their captivity, before which the telecom operator was ordered by Major Bhati to leave and relay the position to the enemies, who went on to tell the tale to the seniors, not even the army officers believed the bravery. When second person reached the post after fleeing, army, even the collection of the bravest was shocked!

The story was not believed until after winter a tour was made to the site by a delegation which found themselves in tears to the sacrifice made by our bravehearts. This is the place where you still have the Ahir Dham in memory of the Yadavas that sacrificed themselves that day.

This was the battle which made the Chinese put their helmets on inverted guns to mark respect. This was the Saragarhi of modern India, a battle which broke Chinese morale, as 1300 Chinese fell in order to capture 120 Indians.

When we had nothing we fought with hope, bare hands and love for motherland. And today, we have some sell-pens (mordern day sellswords) teach us that we won’t match the Chinese. I guess, they are right.

We wont match them, we will slaughter them.

Jai hind.

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