The 1962 war fought between India and China might have been fought more than 4 decades ago, but its effects are still being felt in the present day. And the recent border clashes in the past fortnight between soldiers from India and China has only served as a painful reminder of the Indo-China relations. The death of over 20 Indian soldiers in a violent clash at the border between India and China in the Ladakh region, has led to an international-level crisis and a strain in diplomatic ties between both countries. There is also a political war of words back home between the ruling BJP party and leaders in the Opposition especially with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s comments accusing the Modi government of sending troops to fight “unarmed to their martyrdom”.
Many have even gone to the extent of calling for a boycott of all Chinese-made products in India. But while we consume hours of news clippings from Indian TV media playing footage about this incident, how much do we actually know about the history of border conflicts between both India and China? Answer these simple questions to understand the basic facts about the India-China border relations a lot better.