What happened when India and China last went to battle with each other? China won? Wrong, India won. The sole India–China conflict that remains etched in our collective memory is the 1962 war, which India tragically lost. But five years later, in 1967, India and China faced off once again in the heights of Cho La and Nathu La at the Sikkim border. This time, overcoming the odds, India triumphed. At our online talk #Watershed1967, author Probal Dasgupta will narrate the stories of army officers and soldiers in these historic battles and the roles of spies and politicians. He will tell us how key events in that period wrested the psychological advantage for India and changed the India-China narrative forever.
About the speaker:
Probal Dasgupta is the author of Watershed 1967: India’s Forgotten Victory Over China (published by Juggernaut). A former Indian army officer, he was commissioned into 11 Gorkha Rifles regiment where he spent a decade. He served in the Kashmir valley, Bhutan and northeast India, amongst other places. Probal’s book Watershed 1967 figured in The Asian Age’s list of top 10 bestsellers. Alongside his career as an author and historian, Probal is a business leader who advises global firms on strategic investment, business and political risks in South Asia and other countries.