On the 50th anniversary of Indo-China war today, which broke out in 1962, the Indian government for the first time honored the brave hearts who participated and lost their lives while fighting against the invaders. The country's defence establishment led by Defence Minister AK Antony and chiefs of all three armed forces namely Army, Air Force and Navy laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, in New Delhi.
"We are sincerely trying to file peaceful solution to the long pending border issues through negotiations. The armed forces are much more in a strong process," said AK Antony, reported ibnlive news.
Few days ago, a Chinese spokesperson for its foreign ministry, had said that all the border disputes with India will be resolved peacefully through diplomatic talks.
"China develops in a peaceful way wholeheartedly, and hopes to maintain a friendly and cooperative relationship with India. China wishes to settle boundary issues through negotiation wholeheartedly," said Hong Lei according to The Times of India.
AK Antony while talking to media on the sidelines of a Navy conference also ruled out any possibility of repeat of 1962 and said that now India is capable to guard its territory.
"Infrastructure in the northeast is not up to our satisfaction but it has improved a lot as compared to the past... India of 2012 is not India of that period. We are now capable of defending every inch of our country," said Antony.
The country's defence minister made it point blank clear that India will continue to build its infrastructure and will equipped its forces with the best possible technology.
The saddest part of the 1962 war was that India lost the battle and China captured a large chunk of the India territory. To analyze the reasons behind the defeat, the government had constituted a two-member committee of Lieutenant General Henderson Brooks and then Brigadier Prem Bhagat in 1963. The report has still not been disclosed by the government. As reported by India Today the report has held the then senior army officers responsible for the defeat.