Former Indian Defense Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav called the government “cowardly and incompetent.”
He warned that China was trying to annex more territory to add to the spoils it took following its victory over India in a brief 1962 border war.
Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony countered that India is “united in its commitment to take every possible step to safeguard our interests.”
Supporters of the right-wing Shiv Sena party burned effigies of Singh, Antony and other top officials on Wednesday, demanding that India retaliate by barring Chinese imports.