HIMALAYAN. BLUNDER terlibas) Nam ngũ thit. AL. Thou. The angry truth about India’s nost crushing military disaster. Brig J.P. Dalvi. Foreword by Frank Moraes. Himalayan Blunder has ratings and 72 reviews. Anant said: Just finished Himalayan Blunders written by Brigadier John Dalvi. It was my first book on. This book was written by Brigadier John Parusharam Dalvi, the commander of the ill-fated 7th Indian Infantry Brigade, Indian Army. The motive.

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The supply lines were totally absent in the war zone because of which our army had to rely on air droppi The book deals with the war between India and China faught in the yearin bbrig area of Mc mahon line near Arunachal pradesh. The outpost is at a place called Longju.

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In an act of solidarity with the troops and an expression of contempt of higher ups in the chain, he decided to stick with the soldiers in the front and not be in his rear HQ. The events unfolding before my eyes, on TV News Channels, and the events chronicled in the book — the coincidence was startling.

General Kaul attributes the decision to Mr. Road building was carried out in leisurely fashion and little progress was made as late as Septemberdespite some phoney stage-managed opening ceremonies. Meanwhile, we would concentrate on develop- ing our economy. He forecast that the defence of this mountainous frontier would cost India more than she could afford.

The book was published in Wc hear that somehow or other Tibet has always been under the suzerainty of China and that various Governments, our own and the Indian Government, have recognised that. His father worked with the British administration in Iraq and Dalvi returned to India in I hialayan then that there had been no material change in India and we were in the same old groove.

Nehru would have had to face the awkward dilemma of having to sack either Menon or Thimayya. In all humility I can claim that only I am in a position to explain many nagging questions that need explaining, himalayam that are necessary. The abrupt removal of this buffer would alter the geo- political balance, and henceforth India would have a live northern border to reckon with.


The decisiveness and completeness of our defeat made it painfully clear that we grig caught napping and had tried to bluff our way out of a crisis that was partly of our own making. There was a good deal that should have been done but was not done. This hint went unnoticed and did little to stimulate us into some positive action. Border forma- tions were compelled to rely on indigenous production of arms, equipment and clothing for operations in the mountains even where these were patently useless and obsolescent.

Dalvi was commissioned into the Baluch Regiment. The McMahon Line cannot be defended by sitting on it. We would also have probably been asked to nominate China as a potential adversary and thereby abandon, or partially modify, our non-aligned policy in world affairs, and our desire to befriend China.

Nehru on 7th Novembera month before his death. He narrates an incident where a guest faculty, a retired British official, after hearing that Nehru had signed Panchsheel agreement with China in April and had decided to give up the post in Tibet that the British had maintained in Tibet to check Chinese advance, interrupted his class and warned that India and China would soon be at war and people in this class would be fighting it.

Himalayan Blunder – John Dalvi. The way Himqlayan Politicians It dealt with the causes, consequences and aftermath of the Sino-Indian War ofthat ended in Chinese People’s Liberation Army inflicting a defeat on India. Fantastic book which covers the entire Indo-China war of from the perspective of blknder Indian Brigadier. China was, at that time, surveying various routes through Aksai Chin, while India remained apparently ignorant of this.

Having claimed that the Forward Policy was the brain-child of Mr.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He now received advice only from Mr. The orders spelled total annihilatio Just sample the following himalayaan of engagement a Persuade them to leave Indian territory b If Chinese do not comply, dig-in opposite to them to scare them from attempting further incursion c Fire is permitted only in self-defense and that too with minimum force These were the orders to 7th infantry brigade from the higher command to counter the heavily armed, well administered, well prepared Chinese incursion in the Namka Chu valley of Thagla region of NEFA.


A must read book for every Indian to know the truth about Indo-sino war of The author had the advantage of being a participant in the fighting when on the morning of 20th October massed Chinese artillery opened up a heavy concentration on the weak Indian garrison in a narrow sector of the Namka Ghu valley of Kameng Frontier Division in the North-East Frontier Agency NEFA.

In the end, three or four alternative induction plans would be drawn up, vrig plan nearest to the available air-lift being adopted. On the 25th a strong Chinese detachment crossed into our territory, in the Subansiri Frontier Division, at a place south of Migyitun and opened fre at a forward post of ours.

hkmalayan No wonder the Times of India wrote at tire time of his assumption of office, irt March View all 9 comments. In other words, vague diplomatic promises and hopes would be our safeguard to ward off the Pakistani danger.

Alert on more product reviews. National indignation was accompanied by national despondency. Politically Kashmir could no longer be solved blundsr the U. With a sure touch for survival at all costs, he sacrificed Mr. Even if the political assumptions were valid, it would still have been prudent on our part to embark on a phased programme of modernisation of military equipment and reorientating our planning and training.

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We advocated her cause in the U. This was the official National Aim and the National Policy, in so far as Pakistan was concerned, in China never had any direct control over Tibet except by conquest. That is why I would do more than recommend this book.

The three-dimensional view of the mountains gives one an idea of how treacherous the road must have been. Despite odd meetings between the Indian and Chinese Premiers, no final settlement was reached. The British thereafter had a direct influence over the foreign policy of Tibet.

The Air Force were short of aircraft and were living in fond hopes of getting more transport aircraft from somewhere.