Dalvi, who fought in the war. Dalvis retelling of the Sino-Indian war that took place in - a war that India lost. His account of the war is graphic and telling. He was captured by the Chinese forces and held for seven months. As a participant of the war, he was privy to all that went on at the battlefield as well as behind the scenes.
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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. 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. Kaul was made the General, citing his close friendship with Nehru. 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. Dalvi J. Dalvi was an author and commander. Dalvi was born on 3rd July, His father worked with the British administration in Iraq and Dalvi returned to India in He completed his schooling from St. Dalvi then went on to study at St.
He was apprehended by the PLA on 22nd October, , after which he was repatriated in Dalvi passed away in , due to Cancer. Read More.
Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India's Most Crushing Military Disaster
It was my first book on Indo-Sino War and I am thankful for orkut Non-Fiction community to suggest me for reading this book. Book was banned as soon as it got published and I know the reason after reading it. John was in charge of 7th Brigade who took the responsibility of Handling the Chinese crisis along the Tibetan border. The book is full of agony , frustration and anger which author experienced during those days. He coined a term "Non - Violence war" given by the civil authority to him.
HIMALAYAN BLUNDER BY BRIG JP DALVI PDF
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.
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.
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.