CONTENTS:- Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Bangladesh crisis: aftermath; 3. 1962-recalled; 4. Towards normalisation; 5. Janata government; 6. The Afghan crisis; 7. The Pakistan factor; 8. Soviet fixation; 9. In the eighties; 10. Last phase; 11. Non-political issues; 12. The miscellany: (i) China’s nuclear capability; (ii) India’s nuclear test: China’s reactions; (iii) Accession of Sikkim; (iv) Statehood of Arunachal Pradesh; (v) Indian Ocean; 13. Conclusions; Index.
The reader will find in this monograph a systematic analysis of India’s relations with China during 1972-91, the period beginning with the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country and ending with the tragic death of Rajiv Gandhi. Throughout the text the main theme which finds detailed discussion is related to the Sino-Indian border dispute as viewed by both the sides in the post 1962-war period. The process of normalisation made a limping start when the diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored to the ambassadorial level in June 1976 but the subsequent events mostly meant as public relations exercise, did not give much cause of encouragement for development of genuine friendly contacts between the two countries. Another feature of the book is that it seeks to highlight China’s role in the Afghan crisis and how the Soviet fixation and Pakistani factor determined its relations towards India.