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    INDIAN PRIME MINISTER JAWAHARLAL NEHRU OCT 31 OUSTED V.K. KRISHNA MENON, INDIA'S CONTROVERSIAL DEFENCE MINISTER?

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    INDIAN PRIME MINISTER JAWAHARLAL NEHRU OCT 31 OUSTED V.K. KRISHNA MENON, INDIA'S CONTROVERSIAL DEFENCE MINISTER IN THE WAKE OF WIDESPREAD CRITICISM OF MENON STEMMING FROM THE CHINESE-INDIAN BORDER FIGHTING.

    SINCE THE CHINESE OPENED THEIR OFFENSIVE ON OCT 20, MENON HAD FALLEN UNDER INCREASING FIRE..IN PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS SUCH AS THIS ONE IN NEW DELHI... AND ALSO AMONG LEADERS OF NEHRU'S CONGRESS PARTY, SPEAKERS AT A DEMONSTRATION AT NEW DELHI ON OCT 20 - ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND PEOPLE - DEMANDED MENON'S REMOVAL. THEY BLAMED HIM FOR TAKING A SOFT LINE TOWARD PEIPING REGIME...AND FOR FAILING TO FORESEE THE INVASION AND TO PREPARE INDIA'S ARMY TO MEET THE THREAT.

    NEHRU, ALMOST SEVENTY-THREE, TOOK OVER THE POST OF DEFENCE MINISTER AS IT WAS ANNOUNCED AT WASHINGTON THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL START AIRLIFTING LIGHT INFANTRY WEAPONS, AMMUNITION AND OTHER ARMS TO INDIA THIS WEEK. THE U.S. HAD RECEIVED A LIST OF EQUIPMENT REQUESTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO SUPPLY TROOPS FIGHTING IN THE NORTHERN BORDER AREA.

    ALTHOUGH MENON'S DEMOTION WAS SOFTENED SOMEWHAT BY HIS APPOINTMENT AS MINISTER OF DEFENCE PRODUCTION, THE SWITCH WAS REGARDED AS AN IMPORTANT VICTORY FOR HIS CRITICS. THE 65-YEAR-OLD MENON HAS OFTEN SHOWS FRIENDSHIP FOR THE CHINESE... AND HAD SOUGHT RUSSIAN ARMS AND AID IN RESTRAINING THE CHINESE. BUT THE SOVIETS ENDORSED PEIPING'S POSITION... AND CALLED OFF ARMS SHIPMENTS TO INDIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABH1PMELVBPONHBP8W3V1D0BEB
    Media URN:
    VLVABH1PMELVBPONHBP8W3V1D0BEB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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