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The Ghosts of 1962

The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: a ) a permanent population; b ) a defined territory; c ) government; and d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.
 —Article 1, the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duty of States


During the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Jawaharlal Nehru wailed on the All India Radio how Zhou Enlai had grabbed and bitten his ass badly. That was after withdrawing his soldiers and calling all of them, all the way back to Bengal: the last frontier of mainland India. We have known the motives of Indian leaders from day one when the great democracy annexed states like Manipur in 1949 but not many of us know how they would leave the Northeast to its own devices in trying times. Some may argue that it happened a long time ago and that we should move on because today India is growing at 20% economically. Yes, ideally it would be but China’s victory in that war has been more political than military and the en…

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