The Great Helmsman told his colleagues of the Standing Committee of the Politburo on October 6: “It seems like armed coexistence won’t work. It’s just as we expected. Nehru really wants to use force. This isn’t strange. He has always wanted to seize Aksai Chin and Thagla Ridge. He thinks he can get everything he desires.”
Mao had been ‘informed’ that Lt. Gen. Kaul to decided to take back the Thagla ridge from the Chinese during an ‘Operation Leghorn’ which was to start on October 10.
Today, Lakshman says he realizes that his arrival “would been reported to those concerned even before I reached Tawang”.
Unfortunately, it was not just him. Every officer remembers the ‘chai’ with the sweet girls.
In Picture: Jawaharlal Nehru shakes hands with the then Chinese president Mao Zedong during an official visit to China on 12 October 1954 in Beijing.
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