Nearly a thousand Indian students marched through Delhi and New Delhi, India, Nov. 11, demanding the resignation from the Government of Defence Minister Krishna Menon.
LV Students at Delhi Gate
CU Banner - "Dismiss Menon"
LV Students through streets
SV Slogans and banners
SV Marchers at Parliament House
CU Sign - "Menon Resign"
GV Marchers at Parliament House
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Background: Nearly a thousand Indian students marched through Delhi and New Delhi, India, Nov. 11, demanding the resignation from the Government of Defence Minister Krishna Menon. Carrying black flags and banners, and chanting slogans, the column wound its way through fashionable shopping centre Connaught Place, to Parliament House and Mr. Nehru's residence.
The students, among others, accuse Mr. Menon of being a "fellow-traveller" and of not advocating a "stronger" line against China's incursions on India's northern borders.
In London, en route from UNO, New York, Nov. 11, Mr. Menon said India's policy towards China had not changed. "The best thing we can do is to negotiate. We will not make an issue of the border clashes, but we will defend our own territory; we will not shout strong words, we will not be intimidated."
When he arrived in Delhi the following night, the Indian Defence Minister said India would tell China on what conditions "we will negotiate."
The recent Chou En-lai proposal for simultaneous withdrawal of troops 20 kilometres behind present positions is not regarded as advantageous to India's position by Delhi. If such a withdrawal were made Chinese troops would still be occupying hundreds of square miles of Indian territory and the airstrip at Chushul, which is supply base to India's northernmost troops, would be demilitarized in the "non-man's-land".
On demands within India for military alliances by India against China, Mr. Nehru said they were put forward by people with faint hearts, cold feet and cold hands.
Nov. 12, the Chinese Government offered to return ten Indian police captured and the bodies of nine others killed during the Oct. 21 shooting incident with Chinese troops in Ladakh. India has rejected China's version of the incident - that Indian police entered 'Chinese' territory - and refused Chinese demands that Indian police should not patrol in the area claimed by China.