I am really grateful that the book helped me change my notions of a leader by explaining what exactly a leader should not be. He bravely bore the humiliations heaped on him by Nehru hlmalayan Parliament, but he was never again the same man. Their presence did not signify any war preparations against India. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. As a disciplined officer he had accepted the advice and assurances of his Prime Minister and had withdrawn his resignation. School books, contemporary history texts and op-eds almost always skip the ignominy of China war.

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Bragul JP Dalvi rightly asks what more can a nation ask of its soldiers. Only a computer can assess the cost in terms of money, loss of life, alienation of other countries and the resultant hardships to the Indian people.

Actually there should have been a General Staff Reserve to meet just this sort of contingency but as we had no Operational Plans, there were no administrative or mobilisation arrangements. Published September 15th by Natraj Publishers first published Even after six years it is not clear as to who was actually responsible for devising this policy and whether the policy itself was the sole reason for the military riposte from China.

Himalayan blundwr is lucid blow by blow account of the events, circumstances and actors which led India to the most crushing and humiliating defeats. Cold war considerations inevitably intruded into this problem. The scale of doctors remained at one himapayan battalion, although some np were dispersed over hundreds or miles and had as many as 13 outposts each. Our traditional suppliers had been the Western countries, especially the U.

Unfortunately, this sort of impromptu jimalayan group, presided over by Kaul, had become the accepted procedure and was resorted to whenever he felt that the forward commanders were not acting with the speed and determination which he demanded. A game of bfig with posts instead of pawns! We generally want to read about the successful missions of our country dalvvi the unsuccessful ones give a greater insight into all the mechanisms that are in play when it comes to such a huge and horrendous event as a war.

May your soul rest in peace. Against Indian army or with them? It was widely believed at the time that this was done by Mr. As himalwyan first Brigade that was the target of Chinese decimation, it makes sad reading on how manpower was thrown as fodder against the chinese. We had written off Tibet in return for Chinese guarantees of good behaviour, as embodied in the Five Principles.

Whole schools of partisans. If Tibet had been under China, she could not have been neutral or denied facilities to the Central authority. Such a reverse would also have had a salutary effect on his own ego and would have demolished the aura of infallibility and indispensability that was built around him, in spite of the democratic system that was given to us in the Constitution.

Himalayan Blunder — John Dalvi. Nehru is alleged to have evolved a new policy for our border areas. He relegated the frontier problem to the status of a petty issue and ignored the serious consequences to India. Hardly had sanity returned when Pakistan un- leashed her tribals against Kashmir in October Brig John Calvi has done a yeoman service to this nation with this book. He also denounced the pact in Parliament as endangering peace and tending towards colonialism.

But this is not a J Accuse India has a near unbroken record of military iailurcs through the ages. I was first connected with the Higher Direction of War, in a modest capacity, as a Lt. We voluntarily gave up the military, communication and postal rights in Tibet which we had inherited from the British as a result of the Anglo-Tibetan Treaty ofand agreed to withdraw completely, Avithin six months, the military detachments stationed at Yatung and Gyantse; we offered to hand over to China, the postal and telegraph services together with their equipment.

There could be many reasons — the narrative does not fit in with what the government ordained history is. John Dalvi blundet perhaps best positioned to write about the Indo-China War ofan event in which the Indian Army came out second best, not because of himalxyan fault but largely because of the sloth of the men who governed India those days.

Air-drops became an end in themselves; what the forward troops could collect was secondary. The Chinese were our friends, and the only combustible issue was the undemarcatcd Indo- Tibetan border. Possibly the Air Force was short himxlayan aircraft or there was no supply-dropping equipment. In the event we adopted a compromise policy in that we. How did the Chinese Army manage, in a week long assault, seize much of Arunachal Pradesh, as well as a slab of Kashmir in the western Himalayas, and kill more than 3, Indian officers and men?

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Kaul was not on the front lines and was in Military Hospital, Delhi, recovering from an illness. Dalvi further alleges that B. Kaul was promoted to the position of General supplanting more capable, and senior officers because he was personally close to Nehru. According to Dalvi, the Indian Army lacked leadership, equipment for mountain warfare , weaponry, and basic essentials like warm clothing, snow boots, and glasses. Despite gaining territory, the Chinese army declared a unilateral ceasefire, while still maintaining the status quo. Dalvi was taken as prisoner of war along with the soldiers of his brigade. He was subsequently imprisoned for six months.



One day, a guest faculty, who was a retired British official, stopped the class suddenly and told his students that they would need to fight for their country during the India-China war. The retired official gained top secret information about the fact that Nehru signed the Panchsheel agreement with China, giving up the post in Tibet, which was maintained by the British to keep a tab on Chinese advance. The Chinese started building roads to Aksai Chin from Tibet. General B.

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