It is commonly believed that the Indian Communists acted in a treacherous manner during the build up to 1962 war with Communist China. A British telegram on 19th May 1960 to US state department, which is now declassified, states that the Government of India had discovered during Chou Enlai’s recent visit to India, Communist Party was feeding material (misleading in its import) to CHICOMS about Indian public attitudes toward Indo – Chinese border troubles.
The telegram was in context of dangers posed by communism generally and Communist China particularly, of espionage experienced by some of British Commonwealth countries. Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai had visited India in April 1960.
What was even more damning was that an Indian Army staff officer had given information to Communists.
In addition, an Indian Foreign Ministry officer who handled Indian prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru’s own papers had been giving information away to Communists.