Himalayan Blunder: The angry truth about Indias most crushing military disaster : The Angry Truth about India's Most Crushing Military Disaster

Himalayan Blunder: The angry truth about Indias most crushing military disaster : The Angry Truth about India's Most Crushing Military Disaster (English, Hardcover, J. P. Dalvi, Frank Moraes)

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Himalayan Blunder: The angry truth about Indias most crushing military disaster : The Angry Truth about India's Most Crushing Military Disaster  (English, Hardcover, J. P. Dalvi, Frank Moraes)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Natraj Publishers
    • ISBN: 9788181581457, 8181581458
    • Edition: 2010
    • Pages: 506
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    First published in the year 1968, Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India’s Most Crushing Military Disaster is a book that documents the causes and aftermath of the Sino-Indian war in 1962.

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    Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India’s Most Crushing Military Disaster documents the reasons and after-effects of the Sino-Indian War in 1962, which resulted in India’s defeat to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. This book starts off with Dalvi telling the readers about his time at DSSC, Wellington. 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.

    Dalvi was angered greatly by the gentleman’s criticism of his country’s leader, Nehru. Dalvi goes on to explain that the British had top-secret information about China’s imperial ambitions, making them utilize Tibet as a buffer state. The Chinese slowly captured Tibet in 1950, and India didn’t condemn the attack, because of Nehru’s China-friendly policy. The Chinese started building roads to Aksai Chin from Tibet. On 8th September, 1962, the war between India and China broke out, with Nehru being away from India. Dalvi was appointed the Commander of the 7th Infantry Brigade in the North-East Frontier Agency.

    The Chinese soon captured 11,000 Km2 around the Aksai Chin and NEFA areas. General B. M. Kaul was absent from the front lines, as he was recovering from an illness in the Military Hospital, Delhi. Dalvi states that despite others being more capable, B. M. Kaul was made the General, citing his close friendship with Nehru. Dalvi explains the Indian Army didn’t have leadership, weaponry, mountain warfare equipment, and even basic amenities such as glasses, snow boots, and warm clothing. Dalvi praises his brigade for being courageous and fearless, despite the superior opposition. Dalvi also explains the carefully planned attack by China and how the Chinese imprisoned him for six months. Following that, Dalvi recounts the resignation of Defense Minister, Krishna Menon, and General Brij Mohan Kaul, after they were deemed to be responsible for the attack.

    About J. P. Dalvi

    J. P. Dalvi was an author and commander.

    Dalvi was born on 3rd July, 1920. His father worked with the British administration in Iraq and Dalvi returned to India in 1923. He completed his schooling from St. Mary’s High School, Mumbai. Dalvi then went on to study at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, under the Jesuits. Dalvi joined the Indian Army in 1940, when the Second World War broke out. Dalvi served as the Commander of the Indian 7th Brigade, which was destroyed during the 1962 Sino-Indian War. He was apprehended by the PLA on 22nd October, 1962, after which he was repatriated in 1963. Dalvi passed away in 1980, due to Cancer.

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    HIMALAYAN BLUNDER - THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT

    HIMALAYAN BLUNDER by JP Dalvi
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    VIKRAM KARVE

    On 20 October 2012, it will be exactly 50 years since the Sino Indian War - India's 1962 conflict with China. Of all the books, references and literature on the 1962 India China War, I find the memoir of Brigadier JP Dalvi - HIMALAYAN BLUNDER - most engrossing.
    “Are we heading for another Himalayan Blunder?”
    “Is history going to repeat itself after 50 years?”
    I have heard a saying: THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO ...
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    Vikram Karve

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    19 Oct, 2012

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    Critical history to be read by all Indians

    This is one of those set of books which should be mandated for every Indian to be read. A very realistic account by the only person who can claim to have been there and done that!

    This book is as authentic as it could get. Brig John Dalvi has done a yeoman service to this nation with this book. Readers would feel frustrated and angry after reading this account.

    But there are several minuses in this book. The style of writing is not very cohesive and rambling at times. This book assumes that...
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    Ramesh Ramamurthy

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    Himalayan Blunder: Brig J P Dalvi

    The book is very well written, with loads of examples of antipathy of government at that time towards strategic thinking and about defending the country.

    Brig Dalvi shares his experiences, struggles and details of hitting a brickwall when it came to challenging the leadership on vital issues. One can realize the hopelessness of situation for those who were defending our borders, But you will salute who stood their firmly till the last.

    Another man you'd come to respect is Shri Sardar Patel...
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    ABHISHEK SHARMA

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    24 Feb, 2012

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    must read

    the best 300 odd bucks youll spend on a book ever!!!!
    the only issue is that the situation even today is so eerily similar that you shudder as to whether history might repeat itself..... read it and youll know...we havent learnt much
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    satyam

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    19 Nov, 2011

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    I could not let this book go till finish

    The moment I started reading this book, I was engrossed. Its all experience written over in the each word of the book. As an Indian we have always failed to take care of our security seriously and we work on miracle words than hard work. This book gives a jolt and brings the reader back to reality. I also liked this book very much as it does not look biased for a moment.

    Whomsover banned this book initially did a great dis-service to the nation. Salute to you Brigadier Dalvi for enlightening...
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    Abhishek Jain

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    12 Oct, 2011

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    Unfolds the truth

    This book got first hand information about the indo-china war. At times we feel emotional. As other is a Army person most of his story line will be with Army terminology at times we may not understand fully but can feel whats happening. Bad decisions/policies by Nehru and Menon are well covered because whom we lost the war and confidence, making China superior to us.
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    Prapulla Chandra

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    7 Nov, 2013

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    The pathetic system and the heroic soldiers

    The book has the potential to move you to tears because the actual accounts of war and defeat have always been diverted by Jawahar Lal Nehru,Congress Party and civil leadership and the bravery shown by the soldiers have been kept at bay.After reading the first page of the book only you will be moved to read the book completely.I urge and request you to read this book completely ast it will bring more respect for the brave heroes in your heart and make the truth of civil leadership failure mor...
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    Gaurav Pandey

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    20 Jul, 2013

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    A story of brave Indian Soldiers and hallucinated foolish politicians.

    Brave were the men who fought , sacrificed themselves in the prime of their youth ......thousands of patriotic men funneled into Chinese hands just because of political leadership's ineptitude and hallucinations of being harbinger of world peace.....A MUST READ FOR EVERY INDIAN......Indian Army needed almost everything required for a war except COURAGE.
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    Harshdeep Singh

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    13 Apr, 2013

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    Best book of my life

    Brigadier JP Dalvi has wonderfully outlined the mistakes that were made during the era, Nehru and associates are pictured as they were.
    every INDIAN should read this.
    brings in a sense of NATIONALISM in one.
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    Aditya Kulkarni

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    30 Jun, 2012

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    Unknown facts made known to all Indians

    Yes, this is a book every Indian should read. The hard core truths, the dirty politics, the incompetency of the rulers - all things related to the 1962 war is presented threadbare.
    And I salute our brave Indian soldiers.
    My high regards to the esteemed Sada Sashak Rakshaks of our country has become even higher after reading this book. It will make anyone feel how our soldiers live, when, even today, they are guarding the treacherous border in a place where they cannot meet their family memb...
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    Anupom Bora

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    15 Mar, 2012

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