We Are Human Too, India and China Have to Start Talking and Stop Using Us Soldiers as Cannon Fodder

The Line of Actual Control Needs to Be Demilitarised. It Makes No Sense to Throw Troops into Confrontation with Their Adversaries – and Then Expect Their Restraint to Keep Peace

In Autumn 1986, as a young army captain deployed in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own territory, I readied to go to war with China. The provocation: a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) company, about a hundred men, had entered territory that India claimed and established camp on a yak grazing ground called Wangdung, across a rivulet called the Sumdorong Chu, north of the hotly disputed Tawang township.

Military, Politics