1962 Sino-Indian War

1962 Sino-Indian War: Memories of Assam Tea Estates

Roy Church et al



Editor's note: These stories initially appeared on www.koi-hai.com. They were collated by Roy Church. They have been edited and revised for this website.

Roy Church worked in Assam tea estates over 1959-67, after three years in the British Army. He is married and his eldest son was born at Panitola Central Hospital, Dibrugarh in 1965. For the last 20 years he has travelled extensively in the Central Himalaya leading groups of friends.


1962 War Background

Anyone who has travelled in the higher areas of the Central Himalaya will appreciate that just where the boundary is between India and China/Tibet has been a problem for many years.

Historically The Great Game revolved around moving or defending boundaries dependant on the relative strengths and subsequent threats of hostility between Britain, Russia, Tibet, China and, to some extent, Persia. For much of the boundary with India, while there were occasional border posts at well-frequented passes, only a very small length of the border was actually marked.

In such circumstances, in 1914, McMahon of the Survey of India was instructed to undertake to survey and mark where he considered the boundary should be. Despite a long history of offers and negotiations between the various parties, total agreement was not, unsurprisingly, ever reached, and, despite the huge effort, the McMahon Line was largely ignored.

Gulab Bhojwani: A Martyr of the 1962 War

Various sources

Editor's note: This is an effort to remember the members of the Indian Armed Forces who died in the 1962 war with China. The complete list of the Indian Army personnel who died in the 1962 war is available here (under creation).

We invite their family members, friends, colleagues and others who knew them to send us their recollections about the martyrs.There is no pre-set format. Could include photos, scan, poems, whatever, all Indian languages OK. There will be a separate page for each person. Please send all materials to indiaofthepast@gmail.com. This is an ongoing effort, and information will be added as it becomes available to us.

This page is for Gulab Bhojwani


Gulab Chimandas Bhojwani

Name: Gulab Chimandas Bhojwani
Service: Indian Army
Unit/Corps: Army Ordnance Corps
Rank: 2/Lt
Service No: 13813
Born: dd Month 19yy
Commissioned: dd Month 19yy
Recorded date of death: 21 November 1962

Contributions from family

Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani - IAF (Retd) writes

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