Press Esc to close
Wednesday 23 July 2014
News updated at 8:57 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 21.3°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Ex-IAF chief Tipnis blames Nehru for 1962 defeat

New Delhi, Nov 20, 2012 (PTI)
 File photo of Jawaharlal Nehru with Chinese leaer Zhou Enlai.

A former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (retd) A Y Tipnis has sought to blame former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for India's defeat in the 1962 war with China, amid a continuing debate on why air power was not used during the conflict.

Speaking at a seminar 'India and China: After five decades of 1962 war' here, Tipnis also alleged that Nehru had surrendered national security interests to realise his "ambition" to be a world leader.

"It was more or less universally accepted perhaps grudgingly not openly in some Indian quarters that to serve the dubious purpose of political survival that Pandit Nehru with his grandiose vision of a conflict free non-alligned world surrendered vital national security interest to the ambition of being a world leader," he said.

The remarks made yesterday came against the backdrop of the recent comments by the current Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne that the outcome of the 1962 war with China would have been different had the IAF been used in an offensive role.


Asked to expand on his remarks, Tipnis today said Nehru was the "major contributor" for India's debacle.

72-year-old Tipnis, who had a three-year tenure as IAF Chief from December 31, 1998 was commissioned as a fighter pilot in 1960, two years before the hostilities broke out between India and China.

Tipnis said he had also seen an Army Chief in those days being "ticked off" like a school-boy by Prime Minister Nehru for his alleged petulance.

The issue of IAF not being used in the 1962 hostilities is still debated by military historians and experts and there is no clarity as to why the air force was not used.

Browne had said the IAF was not allowed to be used in an offensive role and confined only to provide transport support to the Army. "These are open and glaring lessons we should have imbibed," he added.

For the first time in last 50 years, India celebrated the anniversary of the 1962 war with China on October 20 where Defence Minister A K Antony along with the three Services chiefs laid wreaths on the Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay tributes to the martyrs and participants of the war.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal looks on as CEO Cramer Bell (left) and James Hogan...

Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal looks on as CEO Cramer Bell (left) and James Hogan...

A worker sorting tomatoes at a vegetable market in...

A worker sorting tomatoes at a vegetable market in...

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of Kaspersky Kids...

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of Kaspersky Kids...

A bull stands inside a shop selling clothes at Varanasi...

A bull stands inside a shop selling clothes at Varanasi...

Actress Mandira Bedi with her son during the launch of Philips...

Actress Mandira Bedi with her son during the launch of Philips...

Stage dancers dressed up like MG Ramachandran (MGR), Rajnikanth and Kamalhassan...

Stage dancers dressed up like MG Ramachandran (MGR), Rajnikanth and Kamalhassan...

First lady heavy vehicle driver of Assam Deepali Rajkhowa on the driving seat...

First lady heavy vehicle driver of Assam Deepali Rajkhowa on the driving seat...

Hindu devotees travel past holy ghats on the banks of the river Ganges...

Hindu devotees travel past holy ghats on the banks of the river Ganges...

Visitors at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wed..

Visitors at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wed..

Telangana chief minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao presenting a letter of appointment...

Telangana chief minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao presenting a letter of appointment...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523