ouch: we *gave* the cocos to the chinese, in effect! this is the sort of action that generations to come will wonder about: did such a person ever walk the earth? :-)
and also, how on earth did a billion people allow the perpetrators to rule the country?
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more on the greatest statesman of 20th century...
Security concerns ignored
by Maj Gen (retd) Rajendra Nath
...Incidentally, it is not generally known that Cocos
island was part of India, when India achieved
Independence. It was during Prime Minister Nehru's
tenure that India decided to hand over Cocos island to
Burma, now Maynmar as was stated by George Fernandes
in his interview to the BBC.
In the late fifties, Nehru visited Eastern Command
when Lt General Thorat was commanding the Eastern
Sector. Gen Thorat has talked about this visit in his
book "Reveille to Retreat". He talked of the
increasing threat from China to NEFA as it was
constructing new roads to the Indian border. He
suggested that India should build defences half way up
the border on important features to face the growing
Nehru replied that he was busy bringing about a
rapprochement between the Soviet Union and the USA and
that it would not look proper if he was seen moving
troops towards the border in NEFA. Thorat's
only comment in the book was that Nehru took himself a
bit too seriously.
As is well known, Nehru had also instructed Gen
Thimayya to focus on the threat from Pakistan and that
the Foreign Ministry would deal with the China
problem. The results are well known.