Himalayan Blunder: The Curtain-Raiser to the Sino-Indian War of 1962 – Hardcover

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Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About Indias Most Crushing Military Disaster is an account of the 1962 Sino-Indian war through the narrative of Brigadier J. P. Dalvi, who fought in the war.

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Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About Indias Most Crushing Military Disaster is an account of the 1962 Sino-Indian war through the narrative of Brigadier J. P. Dalvi, who fought in the war. Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About Indias Most Crushing Military Disaster is Brigadier J. P. Dalvi 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 Indias own political leadership traitorously worked against its cause. In no uncertain terms, he holds three men responsible for Indias 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 Indias political affairs sacrificed hundreds of valuable lives. Brigadier Dalvis 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 Indias leaders in a harshly negative light, the book was banned by the Indian Government upon its release. This particular edition is a 2010 reprint by Natraj Publishers. The book has been translated into Kannada by Ravi Belagere.

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I came upon this book page and was apalled that some misinformed reader (And one who has the worst rating as a reviewer) on amazon had rated this wonderful book with a 1 star. This book is so far away from a 1 star rating that it is downright criminal to rate it as such. Himalayan Blunder was written by Brigadier J P Dalvi, then Brigade Commander of the leading Brigade on the India-China border in North Eastern Frontier Agency. By a twist of international quirks and events, Dalvi found himself as the spear head of an Indian attempt to assert themselves against the chinese and being subject to back seat driving by everyone involved up the chain of command. He writes about the interference at all levels and the absolute seperation from reality of many Indian Army Generals. The original book was published in late 60s and ran into almost 500 pages. The book was also written as a response to Lt Gen B M Kaul’s “The Untold Story”. And it ranks as one of the best books written about the China war, even though the scope of the operations is just one Brigade out of the dozens that were involved in the war. As the first Brigade that was the target of Chinese decimation, it makes sad reading on how manpower was thrown as fodder against the chinese. The book would be in a Top10 list of Indian Army History books if not in the Top 5! –By P V S Jagan Mohan on February 12, 2014

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 –satyam Nov 19, 2011

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. –Harshdeep Singh Apr 13, 2013

About the Author

Brigadier J. P. Dalvi was a Commander in the 7th Brigade of the Indian Army. He wrote a book based on the 1962 Sino-Indian war. It was titled Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About Indias Most Crushing Military Disaster. Brigadier J. P. Dalvi was born John Parashuram Dalvi on July 3, 1920, in Basra, Iraq. He was raised in Mumbai, where he attended St. Marys School and later St. Xaviers College. He joined the Indian Army in 1940. He was promoted to the post of Brigadier Administration in 1960. In 1962, he fought in the Sino-Indian war, after which he was taken prisoner by the Chinese and then released in May 1963.

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  • Publisher 😕Natraj Publishers; UK ed. edition (11 May 2021)
  • Language 😕English
  • Hardcover 😕506 pages
  • ISBN-10 😕8181581458
  • ISBN-13 😕978-8181581457
  • Item Weight 😕852 g
  • Dimensions 😕14.9 x 3.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Country of Origin 😕India
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Weight 0.9 kg
Dimensions 15 × 3.5 × 22.5 cm
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