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From 50 Years Ago: More Evidence Against China

Editorial from Volume XIII, No. 8, February 25, 1961.

The team of officials which has been working with the Chinese to collect facts on the border dispute has produced such a mass of evidence in favour of the Indian case that New Delhi itself is surprised. Not that anyone in this coun-try (apart from a section of the Communists) has ever entertained any serious doubts in the matter; but almost everyone, not excluding the Prime Minister, believed that in the main In-dia’s case rested on usage and custom rather than on much ground of a legal nature (though that too was not wholly lacking). Now the Indian official team has dug up an over-whelming amount of evidence of a purely legal character to show that Peking has no leg to stand on, as far as this question is concerned. All praise is due to the Indian delegation for this; and no one can say it has been grudged. But it is well to remember, as we will not be the first to point out, that the achieve-ment of the Indian delegation is a measure largely of the astonishing failure at previous stages of the Indian Government. The mass of evidence now collected would not have looked half as impressive as it does if the Government had already been aware of it. The light now dazzles the eyes because we have only just groped out of darkness. That we should have been groping in darkness like this is a sad reflection on the Government, which ought to have known its own case bet-ter than this and earlier than this.

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