How many wars did India fight since its independence? The ones to stand out are 1962 and 1971. The 1971 war was known for its fame (repudiation of the religion-based-national-identity theory, defeating arch-enemy Pakistan etc). On the other hand, 1962 war was known for its shame (China created a bubble of camaraderie that engulfed a whole load of people).
In comparison, the 1948, 1965 and 1999 wars fade into background. Most are not sure whether 1948 and 1999 were full-fledged wars or just ‘insurgencies’. And 1965 war, though followed by an epoch-making moment – death of a serving Prime Minister in a foreign land – was somehow relegated to the pages of history.
This article is not just informative; it comes from someone who has actually participated in the subsequent events that influenced India’s foreign policy. The last paragraph compels you to think – irrespective of whether you are a hawk, a dove or a couch potato.