Without a single dissentient voice, the Lok Sabha on November 14 declared the firm resolve of the Indian people to drive the Chinese aggressor from the Indian soil. Winding up the six-day debate in which 165 members expressed their unflinching determination to fight the Chinese, Prime Minister Nehru concluded on a note of peace. He said that in a war between India and China it would be manifestly absurd to think in terms of victory for one side and bringing down the other to the knees.
Punjab’s gift to Nehru
Prime Minister Nehru on November 14 received from the people of Punjab 1,30,000 grams of gold, a little more than double his weight, on the occasion of his birthday, on November 14. The gold, half of which has been contributed by the citizens of Amritsar alone, will be donated to the National Defence Fund. The gold gift included bangles, ear rings, nose pins and various other kinds of ornaments donated by women.
High ranking officers of Burma’s Defence services on November 14 inspected army garrisons in the northernmost regions of Burma, a triangular area where the borders of India, Communist China and Burma meet, a military spokesman said in Rangoon. He said the inspection was in view of armed clashes between India and Communist Chinese troops at Diphu pass where India’s north-east frontier touches Burma and Communist China.
British supply of arms
Mr. Duncan Sandys, British Commonwealth Secretary, said on November 13 that arms sent to India by Britain had been offered as a gift. He was answering a question in the House of Commons on the amount of aid given to India for its border fighting with Communist China. Mr. Sandys replied: “The Indian requests for arms have so far consisted of an order for small arms and ammunition. “We have met this order in full”. A substantial part of it was sent at once by air and the remainder has already been shipped. We have offered to supply these items as a gift from the British Government.