Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India's Most Crushing Military Disaster



Himalayan Blunder The Angry Truth About India S Most Crushing Military Disaster Is Brigadier J P Dalvi S Retelling Of The Sino Indian War That Took Place In 1962 A War That India Lost Dalvi Fought The War As The Commander Of The 7th Infantry Brigade In NEFA North East Frontier Agency.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 Based On His Firsthand Experiences, He Recounts The Events That Occurred Between September 8, 1962 And October 20, 1962.As Early As 1951, China Silently And Steadily Began To Work Its Way Onto Indian Soil Even In The Face Of Indisputable Evidence, India Insisted On Maintaining Cordial Relations With The Chinese China Seemed Only Too Happy To Play Along.Dalvi Narrates The Manner In Which India S Own Political Leadership Traitorously Worked Against Its Cause In No Uncertain Terms, He Holds Three Men Responsible For India S Defeat Jawaharlal Nehru, Krishna Menon, And General Brij Mohan Kaul.Issuing Orders From Delhi, They Seemed To Be Clueless About The Situation On The Battlefield Undoubtedly, When They Were Rushed Into Battle, The Indian Soldiers Underfed, Ill Equipped, And Unprepared As They Were Never Stood A Chance Against The Powerful Chinese Army Regardless Of That, The Soldiers Fought Bravely And Laid Down Their Lives For Their Homeland.Dalvi Claims That The Apathy And The Sheer Ineptitude Of Those At The Helm Of India S Political Affairs Sacrificed Hundreds Of Valuable Lives Brigadier Dalvi S Detailed Narrative Of The Massacre Of The Indian Soldiers, A Horror That He Witnessed Firsthand, Is Heart Rending.The Book Was Published In 1969 Among All The Books Based On The Subject Of The 1962 Sino Indian War, This Book Is Considered To Be One The Most Striking And Authentic Versions Due To Its Sensitive Subject Matter And Its Portrayal Of India S Leaders In A Harshly Negative Light, The Book Was Banned By The Indian Government Upon Its Release.Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India's Most Crushing Military Disaster

Brigadier John Parashuram Dalvi was an Indian Army officer During the Sino Indian War of 1962, he was the commander of the Indian 7th Brigade, which was destroyed, leading Dalvi to be captured by the People s Liberation Army on 22 October 1962.Dalvi was commissioned into the Baluch Regiment To the end of World War II he served with the regiment s 5th Battalion He took part in Field Marshal Sir William Slim s pursuit of Japanese Army From October 1944 to March 1945 he saw fighting with 19th Indian Division notably at the Crossing of the Irrawaddy For his services he was mentioned in despatches for gallant and distinguished service.In 1945 he was selected to join the staff of General Sir Montagu Stopford, GOC XXXIII Corps and later GOC in C of 12th Army BurmaIn 1947 he was posted as instructor to Indian Military Academy, Dehradun He was then moved to 5 Gorkha Rifles as 2nd in command In 1949 Dalvi was attached with Brigade of the Guards In 1950, he was selected for Staff College, which he graduated in 1951 He then commanded the 4th Battalion, Brigade of the Guards and later 2nd Guards.In October 1960 he was given an accelerated promotion to be appointed as Brigadier Administration to XV Corps In January 1962, he was given the Command on 7th Infantry Brigade in NEFA and fought in the Sino Indian War He was taken Prisoner of War on 22 October 1962 and was repatriated in May 1963.On his return to India, he authored a book about the 1962 war, titled The Himalayan Blunder The curtain raiser to the Sino Indian War of 1962 The book was banned in Indian almost immediately on its release, but this ban was later lifted His book is in direct contradiction with the book authored by his erstwhile commanding officer, Brij Mohan Kaul In his book Brig Dalvi bitterly described about his return to India We landed in Dum Dum airport in Calcutta on May 4, 1963 We were received cordially, appropriately But the silence there was disquieting I realized later We had to prove we weren t brainwashed by Chinese ideology We had to prove we were still loyal to India My own army maintained a suspicious distance The irony cannot be harsher this treatment from a country, which forthan a decade had brainwashed itself into holding the Chinese baton wherever it went.He died of cancer in 1980.

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  • 19 August 2018
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  1. says:

    Just finished Himalayan Blunders written by Brigadier John Dalvi 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 Just finished Himalayan Blunders written by Brigadier John Dalvi 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 Higher Authority which includes Prime Minister Nehru , Defence Minister Menon and General Kaul where the deciding one for the war The book is divided into various part 1 This part shows the Chinese aggression along the border of NEFA and Ladhak and how Nehru dismissed it as just a regular petrol done by Chinese He carried along with the path of brotherhood and thus did some blundering mistakes like allowing senior generals from china to see all the establishment of Army along the NEFA He also overlooked the requirement of Army for the arms and ammunition which lead army to use World War II arms against the Chinese Kaul and Menon also overlooked the basic requirement which is needed to develop a strong front by India against China Better roads , good clothing , arms and ammunition , better communication and co ordination.2 As Chinese were growing strong on NEFA front building better roads , better communication India were still in hope that Chinese will not attack India and thus Nehru pointed basic requirement as un necessary expenditure on part of Army John further adds how Chinese slowly and slowly created a better fighting position and how Army were helpless despite of being sending continuous reminder to Higher Authority In this part he also adds how Army generals were promoted to serve the interest of Nehru and Menon thus leaving a disarray in Army Finally they were told to shift there bases from Punjab and Agra to NEFA as Chinese strike First on 15th sept During 15th Sept and Till 10th Oct day when Chinese finally attacked there were no clear thoughts and chain of command Nehru was on long trip to foreign land , Desai accompanying him , Menon was in New York and Kaul holidaying in Jammu 7th Brigade was created during this period comprising of Rajputs , Sikhs and Punjabi s who had no knowledge of High altitude and Mountains Gorkhas and Assam Regiment were ignored 7th Brigade were told to shift there bases on Altitude which ranged from 10000 to 15000 Feet with no Roads and clothing they were just like a Police along the Border For moving 2 Miles only it took days and every solider were supplied with a 40 Rounds of ammunition and basic clothing There were no boots , gloves , kerosene , foods and medicine.3 As they set up there bases along the borders, John quickly analyzed the preparation of Chinese and how they are planing a massive strike He took a note of around 20,000 soldiers supported by good artillery and mortar regiment He continuously sent a reminder about the poor preparation of Army against Chinese which felt on deaf people , he also added that it would be crime and murder of soldier to make them fight against this mighty Chinese But Nehru and Menon insists that Chinese would not do anything and thus they should keep there present positions Among all problems a major one was to keep Army in there present status by providing food , clothing , arms and shelter, which Civil authority ignored and thus keeping a 3000 soldiers in good condition was a challenge for John He accounted that Air Force did very little to help the army and chosen dropping zone of Air Force took 2 3 days for them to collect things The things dropped were of no use as only 20% of them could be collected and rest get lost in those chilling and windy conditions John , recounted how Army was ignored and soldiers suffered pathetic condition with Brave Hearts.4 After 10th October 1962 , everything changed Chinese finally attacked and killed Indian Soldiers who were short of Ammunition and communication John , took some examples of the bravery shown by Sikhs , rajputs and Gorkhas Along a Tsangle pass only 100 Rajputs controlled 2000 Chinese and made them run for there money , after 5th Attempt Chinese were able to overcome them as Rajputs were left with no ammunition to fight Same were the story of Gorkhas and Sikhs who fought with waves of thousands of Chinese who attacked there post One Chinese General Quoted after the War Indian Army Need everything , Except Courage.5 In Final chapter John , pin pointed the mistake done by Generals and Politicians who were responsible for the Death of some 2000 Soldiers along the Indo Sino border He also accounted that People of India were so ignorant about the tragedy and till now no one is blamed for this grave defeat which costs us loosing some 1200 miles of land to Chinese He cited the example of random orders and poor infrastructure which could have been improved and arrogance of Nehru Menon made this defeatpainful There were around 4 lakh soldiers in India and that point but only 3000 were trusted to defeat Chinese.After Love Story this book made me cry with the plight of Army and condition in which our soldiers defended the border with all courage and bravery It needs to be above Profession and Career to do something like this which we can only imagine Wonder what takes these soldiers to give there life and protect us , as John summed up The thought of Mother Nation, kept these Soldiers alive and fight Just a Plain Salute Jai Hind

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    A must read for all Readers can understand the hidden politics of the politicians and the horrible life of the soldiers at the Himalayan border.Every politician must read this book to know what he she should not do.After reading this, my impression of Nehru changed to a great extent People should have changed their mind set slowly after the release of this book But even today, many projects are being named after him That is the great irony.

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    Don t worry, Sir, despite the Chinese superiority, the Rajputs will not let you or the country down We will fight till we have nothingto fight with If you get back, please see that the culprits who landed us in this mess get their punishment , last words of Lt Col Rikh on the night before D day.This is not just a book, but a magnum opus on the Sino Indian clash of 1962 The episodes unfold like a thriller movie.Even a village headman s daughter s wedding is better planned and in order Don t worry, Sir, despite the Chinese superiority, the Rajputs will not let you or the country down We will fight till we have nothingto fight with If you get back, please see that the culprits who landed us in this mess get their punishment , last words of Lt Col Rikh on the night before D day.This is not just a book, but a magnum opus on the Sino Indian clash of 1962 The episodes unfold like a thriller movie.Even a village headman s daughter s wedding is better planned and in order than the Sino Indian clash of 1962 It was the Govt as well as the higher order of the army which was mainly responsible for the embarrassment of India The reckless decisions taken by the then Govt ignoring the recommendations of the army and frontline warriors are unbelievable even to an ordinary mind It s absolutely unimaginable as to how the soldiers were sacrificed in cold blood In the terrain of the mighty Himalayan foothills where the average height is around 15,000 ft, our soldiers fought without food, with only pocket ammunitions, without a place to take cover, without snow clothing, without snow boots and without any kind of support For about a week the army witnessed the build up of Chinese armies and given their own conditions the Jawans knew that their fate was sealed Even then they didn t back down The author, being the only commanding officer, had to helplessly watch his entire brigade of Rajputs, Bengalees, Punjabis, Gorkhas getting killed in action We all might have had some idea on the war of 1962 but this particular narrative comes straight from the horse s mouth, who was the only senior officer to be present in the frontline right from the beginning till he was taken as a PoW A man of unquestionable integrity, the only affiliation he had was to the country and not government.This book is also a reflection of how clear, logical and sharp the mind of a soldier usually is Equipped with a razor sharp memory and lucid language, the author narrates the entire history till the show down A soldier is known to always adhere to his code of conduct So readers can imagine what must have this soldier faced when he addresses the leaders of the nation directly with first names without any salutation.The book doesn t only focus on the war preparations if that can at all be called a preparation but gives a detailed account from the independence days to the annexation of Tibet from being the only nation apart from Russia to champion China s cause in the world theatre, to the formulation of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai policy.The path of India was doomed since 15th August 1947 The clash off of 1962 was a wake up call for the country Had there not been a 1962, it is scary to imagine what would have happened in 1965.This book is HIGHLY recommended Even those without any political knowledge on this issue would find it easy to comprehend the entire scene.India is still paying the price of negligence of it s own the then leaders

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    Just sample the following rules 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 forceThese 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 The orders spelled total annihilatio Just sample the following rules 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 forceThese 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 The orders spelled total annihilation to the loosely held and massively under strength Indian formations which lacked even the basic high altitude clothing The orders taken by a pacifist Prime Minister, an arrogant Defence Minister and a politically connected General caused the rout of a proud Brigade with many of its men dying like animals in a cage.Himalayan blunder is lucid blow by blow account of the events, circumstances and actors which led India to the most crushing and humiliating defeats Very rarely we come across books written on India s war history and rarest of rare ones do highlight the failures The book starts of with a narrative on controversial McMohan line dividing border between India and China followed by the Chinese annexation of Tibbet and India s luke warm protest to it.Majority of the text then deals with china s expansionist attitude and Indian Army s alarm signals to their civilian command Nehru administration downplayed the warnings from the very start and even during the crisis By the time the so called higher command realised the extent of damage done, it was too late to do anything It was then that India broke her non alignment stance and asked the western powers for immediate help.Brig Dalvi has written in the simplest manner, the darkest chapter in post independent India Many a times author has been repetitive but that can be ignored since the gentleman is a soldier and not a professional writer It s an angry man s memoir the shape of which had been laid in prisoner of war camp One can feel the anger, frustration and dejection being felt by Brig Dalvi in almost every page, all negative feelings arising out of misplaced convictions, unpreparedness, total failure of leadership machinery and civilian supremacy in matters dealing with military The decision makers had neither the training, inclination to listen and the experience of high altitude mountain warfare The book was released in 1969 and immediately banned Maybe the country had not till then forgotten the sores and the key culprits were still in the public eye Almost three decades after the new generation is better able to understand this chapter and hopefully draw some lesson out of it Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it Let s not repeat it lets not head for another Namka Chu blood bath

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    ARE WE HEADING FOR ANOTHER HIMALAYAN BLUNDERMusingsByVIKRAM KARVEThis morning while browsing through my bookcase I chanced upon one of my favourite military autobiographies HIMALAYAN BLUNDER by Brig JP Dalvi The television was on, my favourite news channel was blaring away, and as I started reading Himalayan Blunder, leafing through the pages of the book, I was filled with a sense of d j vu The events unfolding before my eyes, on TV News Channels, and the events chronicled in the book the ARE WE HEADING FOR ANOTHER HIMALAYAN BLUNDERMusingsByVIKRAM KARVEThis morning while browsing through my bookcase I chanced upon one of my favourite military autobiographies HIMALAYAN BLUNDER by Brig JP Dalvi The television was on, my favourite news channel was blaring away, and as I started reading Himalayan Blunder, leafing through the pages of the book, I was filled with a sense of d j vu The events unfolding before my eyes, on TV News Channels, and the events chronicled in the book the coincidence was startling And as I read on further, drawing parallels between what was written in the book and the intriguing happenings hogging the headlines in newspapers and dominating the TV news channels 24 7 for the last few days, I wondered to myself 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 REPEAT IT That is why I feel that Himalayan Blunder is a must read for the powers that be political, civil and military I am sure most of them must have read Himalayan Blunder, but even then, it would be worthwhile to read the book carefully once again to draw parallels between what happened in 1962 and what is happening now and learn lessons so that similar mistakes are not repeated again and we do not have another Himalayan Blunder in the making.Himalayan Blunder is a fascinating war memoir of the 1962 Conflict between India and China in which India suffered a humiliating defeat Brigadier Dalvi was the Commander of the Indian Army s 7th Infantry Brigade which was annihilated by the Chinese Army I feel that it always better to read history written by those who actually lived it rather than those who recorded it merely by academic research since first person accounts have an air of authenticity about them which lends them credibility I have read four first hand accounts of the 1962 War The Untold Story By BM Kaul, Himalayan Blunder by JP Dalvi, The Unfought War of 1962 By JR Saigal and The Fall of Towang By Niranjan Prasad and, out of all these, I found Dalvi s Himalayan Blunder the most illuminating and enthralling, as well as most soul searching and analytic In my opinion, Himalayan Blunder is a military masterpiece, arguably the best book by an Indian military author.Himalayan Blunder tells you of the debacle that happened when ill equipped, unprepared, confused and demoralized soldiers were rushed into battle against a strong adversary in an ad hoc manner because military decisions were influencedby political prophecy rather than military strategy.Dalvi tells his story with remarkable wit and exceptional candour His candid storytelling style captivates you and once you start reading you get so engrossed that the book becomes unputdownable There is no military jargon or gobbledygook Dalvi writes straight from the heart and that is why this book will not only educate you but also will move you emotionally, strike a chord and get you thinking From the way he writes it is evident that besides being a soldier, the author was a thinker and a scholar, extremely well read and well informed, and possessed a witty sense of humour, and has interspersed his book with anecdotes, quotes and similes Sample this he writes that a Corps Commander was sacked because he refused to be a dog in obedience and a lion in action Why did India suffer such a crushing defeat in the 1962 war with China It seems to be the same story we are witnessing now the civil military divide, the lack of appreciation of ground realities by the Delhi Centric powers that be and the trust deficit between various stakeholders.Books like the Himalayan Blunder will make us aware of our mistakes of the past so that we don t repeat them In such matters, let history not repeat itself That is why we cannot to afford to ignore the lessons of history if we do so it will be to our own peril.I am going to read HIMALAYAN BLUNDER once again Why don t you too VIKRAM KARVE Copyright Vikram Karve 2012Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work vikram karve., all rights reserved.Did you like this post I am sure you will like the 27 fiction short stories from my recently published anthology of Short Fiction COCKTAIL To order your COCKTAIL please click any of the links below ebookIf you prefer reading ebooks on Kindle or your ebook reader, please order Cocktail E book by clicking the links below http www. dp B005MGERZ6SMASHWORDShttp www.smashwords.com books view Foodie Book Appetite for a StrollIf your are a Foodie you will like my book of Food Adventures APPETITE FOR A STROLL Do order a copy from FLIPKART Vikram KarveA creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships 2011 and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures 2008 and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.Vikram Karve Academic and Creative Writing Journal Profile Vikram Karve Karve Facebook Page Karve Creative Writing Blog vikramkarve sify.com vikram karve., all rights reserved

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    Extremely repetitive content I have complete trust on what J P Dalvi says but the tone is so negative and harsh This is true that the Dalvi was implicated and made a scapegoat in this whole episode and his frustrations and pain flow on pages of the book Still I believe he could have gone a bit soft Plus the Chinese side of story doesn t come out that well in this one I have started with Neil Maxwell s India s China war and that is good so far I have my respect for the gallantry and resol Extremely repetitive content I have complete trust on what J P Dalvi says but the tone is so negative and harsh This is true that the Dalvi was implicated and made a scapegoat in this whole episode and his frustrations and pain flow on pages of the book Still I believe he could have gone a bit soft Plus the Chinese side of story doesn t come out that well in this one I have started with Neil Maxwell s India s China war and that is good so far I have my respect for the gallantry and resolve of J P Dalvi But still that question is not answered, why didn t he resigned at first place where as in the book he asks why others of higher posts didn t resign.Still a good one to read and have at shelves

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    I have read this book in Hindi Kannada and english one is also there Those who want to know about Sino Indian war should read this book Book is written by Army man Read this book to know how Congress govt and Nehru failed our nation This book should be taught in every defense institute and every politician should read it Quite a detail book A must read.

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    HIMALAYAN BLUNDERBook ReviewByVIKRAM KARVEThis morning while browsing through my bookcase I chanced upon one of my favourite military autobiographies HIMALAYAN BLUNDER by Brig JP Dalvi The television was on, my favourite news channel was blaring away, and as I started reading Himalayan Blunder, leafing through the pages of the book, I was filled with a sense of d j vu The events unfolding before my eyes, on TV News Channels, and the events chronicled in the book the coincidence was startl HIMALAYAN BLUNDERBook ReviewByVIKRAM KARVEThis morning while browsing through my bookcase I chanced upon one of my favourite military autobiographies HIMALAYAN BLUNDER by Brig JP Dalvi The television was on, my favourite news channel was blaring away, and as I started reading Himalayan Blunder, leafing through the pages of the book, I was filled with a sense of d j vu The events unfolding before my eyes, on TV News Channels, and the events chronicled in the book the coincidence was startling And as I read on further, drawing parallels between what was written in the book and the intriguing happenings hogging the headlines in newspapers and dominating the TV news channels 24 7 for the last few days, I wondered to myself 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 REPEAT IT That is why I feel that Himalayan Blunder is a must read for the powers that be political, civil and military I am sure most of them must have read Himalayan Blunder, but even then, it would be worthwhile to read the book carefully once again to draw parallels between what happened in 1962 and what is happening now and learn lessons so that similar mistakes are not repeated again and we do not have another Himalayan Blunder in the making.Himalayan Blunder is a fascinating war memoir of the 1962 Conflict between India and China in which India suffered a humiliating defeat Brigadier Dalvi was the Commander of the Indian Army s 7th Infantry Brigade which was annihilated by the Chinese Army I feel that it always better to read history written by those who actually lived it rather than those who recorded it merely by academic research since first person accounts have an air of authenticity about them which lends them credibility I have read four first hand accounts of the 1962 War The Untold Story By BM Kaul, Himalayan Blunder by JP Dalvi, The Unfought War of 1962 By JR Saigal and The Fall of Towang By Niranjan Prasad and, out of all these, I found Dalvi s Himalayan Blunder the most illuminating and enthralling, as well as most soul searching and analytic In my opinion, Himalayan Blunder is a military masterpiece, arguably the best book by an Indian military author.Himalayan Blunder tells you of the debacle that happened when ill equipped, unprepared, confused and demoralized soldiers were rushed into battle against a strong adversary in an ad hoc manner because military decisions were influencedby political prophecy rather than military strategy.Dalvi tells his story with remarkable wit and exceptional candour His candid storytelling style captivates you and once you start reading you get so engrossed that the book becomes unputdownable There is no military jargon or gobbledygook Dalvi writes straight from the heart and that is why this book will not only educate you but also will move you emotionally, strike a chord and get you thinking From the way he writes it is evident that besides being a soldier, the author was a thinker and a scholar, extremely well read and well informed, and possessed a witty sense of humour, and has interspersed his book with anecdotes, quotes and similes Sample this he writes that a Corps Commander was sacked because he refused to be a dog in obedience and a lion in action Why did India suffer such a crushing defeat in the 1962 war with China It seems to be the same story we are witnessing now the civil military divide, the lack of appreciation of ground realities by the Delhi Centric powers that be and the trust deficit between various stakeholders.Books like the Himalayan Blunder will make us aware of our mistakes of the past so that we don t repeat them In such matters, let history not repeat itself That is why we cannot to afford to ignore the lessons of history if we do so it will be to our own peril.I am going to read HIMALAYAN BLUNDER once again Why don t you too VIKRAM KARVE Copyright Vikram Karve 2012Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work vikram karve., all rights reserved.Did you like this post I am sure you will like the 27 fiction short stories from my recently published anthology of Short Fiction COCKTAIL To order your COCKTAIL please click any of the links below ebookIf you prefer reading ebooks on Kindle or your ebook reader, please order Cocktail E book by clicking the links below http www. dp B005MGERZ6SMASHWORDShttp www.smashwords.com books view Foodie Book Appetite for a StrollIf your are a Foodie you will like my book of Food Adventures APPETITE FOR A STROLL Do order a copy from FLIPKART Vikram KarveA creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships 2011 and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures 2008 and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.Vikram Karve Academic and Creative Writing Journal Profile Vikram Karve Karve Facebook Page Karve Creative Writing Blog vikramkarve sify.com vikram karve., all rights reserved

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    I had got this book almost 7 years ago, and finally found some time during the lock down situation to give it a go, and this is really a fantastic book which give us a detailed view of an army man Brigadier Dalvi regarding the events which transpired during defeat of India by Chine in Oct of 1962.The book is really engrossing, and you don t feel like stopping once you have started with the book, Brig Dalvi goes into very finer details as to what exactly lead to our defeat in 1962.He highlights t I had got this book almost 7 years ago, and finally found some time during the lock down situation to give it a go, and this is really a fantastic book which give us a detailed view of an army man Brigadier Dalvi regarding the events which transpired during defeat of India by Chine in Oct of 1962.The book is really engrossing, and you don t feel like stopping once you have started with the book, Brig Dalvi goes into very finer details as to what exactly lead to our defeat in 1962.He highlights the fact the army had no resources, no plan and were completely micro managed from the top echelons of government, even the Gen Kaul who was link of army with defense ministry , was not giving accurate picture of our preparedness to the government Although Kaul knew the state of affairs on ground, he did not give an accurate picture, and this ultimately to the disaster of 1962.He lays the biggest fault at the door of then defense minister Mr Krishan Menon, who wasdiplomat than defense minister, and who had the ambitions of becoming the next PM of India, he shows what kind of ostrich shell the whole hierarchy of government was living under.I felt really amazed at the state of affairs which Brig Dalvi represents in this book, because there was a complete breakdown in communication between army and government during the war, our PM and our defense minister were consoling themselves with the fantasy that China will never attack them, and when they did attack it was rude awakening, and this brought about a paradigm shift in how government communicated with army.But the price we had to pay was too heavy.A must read books to understand what all went wrong in 1962

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    This is an excellent book for various reasons Firstly, Indian war books are rare This is not a genre that is appreciated in common discussions There are no star war analysts or writers And those who pretend to be so on mass television, tend to be ill informed or come with set agendas.Secondly, this book talks about a history, which is impossible to find anywhere else School books, contemporary history texts and op eds almost always skip the ignominy of China war There could be many reasons This is an excellent book for various reasons Firstly, Indian war books are rare This is not a genre that is appreciated in common discussions There are no star war analysts or writers And those who pretend to be so on mass television, tend to be ill informed or come with set agendas.Secondly, this book talks about a history, which is impossible to find anywhere else School books, contemporary history texts and op eds almost always skip the ignominy of China war There could be many reasons the narrative does not fit in with what the government ordained history is Or in some cases, influential commentators in this field are directly related to the chief villains of this war Thirdly, this book busts a key myth about India s hallowed politicians post 1947 For a whole generation, which has been Ram Guha ed into reading post modern history one should still read him, for he still covers amazing breadth as well as reasonable depth , there is no alternative source to vet the competence of India s political class from 1947 to 1962 This book explains why China war was not an event where it went wrong popular version in whatever literature is available on the subject The book explains how the China War was not lost in 1962, but steadily through the 15 years preceding it.Fourthly, the book makes it clear that India s loss against China was not military but political Foreign policy decisions aimed at grandstanding and projecting one individual as world savior, key ministerial appointments based on friendships and old equations and a complete breakdown of decision making over many years backed by zero knowledge of armed conflicts stand out as key failures.The book is written by an author perhaps most qualified to write one on the subject, given his personal role in the war The writing becomes cliched once in a while and gets repetitive, but then the author isn t a professional writer to start off It is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how the country has shaped up post independence It is also a must read for those who love to throw titles like country s best leader based on no critical analysis of personalities

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