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This Day That Age (dated November 9, 1962)

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(dated November 9, 1962)
(dated November 9, 1962)

Steps to repel aggressor

In the Lok Sabha on November 8, members of various political parties called for all-out efforts to meet the challenge of China’s massive invasion. The Deputy Leader of the Communist Group, Prof. Hiren Mukerji, who initiated the debate on the Prime Minister’s resolution on the Chinese invasion and India’s firm determination to drive out the aggressor, offered his “unqualified support” to the Government’s policy. He also stuck to the party line that while India would not tolerate the Chinese invasion, Mr. Nehru should at the same time strive for a peaceful settlement.

Clashes near Walong

A Defence Ministry spokesman’s account of the fighting in NEFA in the last two days confirms that the Chinese are now concentrating their attack on Walong in the eastern extremity. There have been clashes in five different places in the Walong area. In one incident, the Chinese have established themselves on a flank of some of the Indian posts. Indian troops later went into attack and cleared the post. One Indian patrol went behind the Chinese post in the vicinity of Walong and harassed them. Fighting generally is towards the west and north-west of Walong. What the Chinese are apparently seeking to do is to climb a high ground from behind in order to out-flank the Indian posts.

President in NEFA areas

President Radhakrishnan visited the forward areas in NEFA on November 8. The 73-year-old Head of State said in a Press interview later that the morale of our officers and men was “very high.” Given the tools, they would regain the position we have lost, he said with confidence. He told Indian troops that they were not alone in their fight against the Chinese aggressors but that “the entire country is behind you.” The President returned to Delhi in the evening. The President flew to NEFA area this morning from Delhi and left shortly afterwards for Dirang by helicopter. At Bomdila he saw aeroplanes dropping supplies for the troops. Later he visited Misamari. Both at Dirang and Misamari, he addressed officers and jawans, some of whom had been in the fighting at the forward posts.

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