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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Himalayan Blunder by J. His account of the war is graphic and telling. He was captured by the Chinese forc Himalayan Blunder: 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 himalayna firsthand experiences, he recounts the events that occurred between September 8, and October 20, As early asChina 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. 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.

The book was published in Among all the books based on the subject of the Sino-Indian war, this book is considered to be one the most striking and authentic versions.

Hardcoverpages. Published September 15th by Natraj Publishers first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Himalayan Blunderplease sign up. I just want to know, what kind of this book it is? Against Indian army or with them? Rashna Hazarika A candid account of how the brave army men suffered because of blotched decision making by our political readers – written by an Army man himself.

An …more A candid account of how the brave army men suffered because of blotched decision making by our political readers – written by an Army man himself.

An eye opener in my view. A salute to the brave soldiers!!

See 1 question about Himalayan Blunder…. Lists with This Book. Jul 23, Anant Singh rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 agonyfrustration and anger which author experienced during those days. He coined a term “Non – Violence war” given by the civil authority to him. The book is divided into various part: 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 roadsgood clothingarms and ammunitionbetter communication and co-ordination. As Chinese were growing strong on NEFA front building better roadsbetter 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.

During 15th Sept and Till 10th Oct day when Chinese finally attacked there were no clear thoughts and chain of command. Gorkhas and Assam Regiment were ignored. 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 bootsgloveskerosenefoods and medicine. 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, 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 peoplehe 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 foodclothingarms and shelter, which Civil authority ignored and thus keeping a 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.

Johnrecounted how Army was ignored and soldiers suffered pathetic condition with Brave Hearts. After 10th Octobereverything changed Chinese finally attacked and killed Indian Soldiers who were short of Ammunition and communication. Johntook some examples of the bravery shown by Sikhsrajputs and Gorkhas. Along a Tsangle pass only Rajputs controlled Chinese and made them run for there moneyafter 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. In Final chapter Johnpin pointed the mistake done by Generals and Politicians who were responsible for the Death of some 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 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 defeat more painful.

There were around 4 lakh soldiers in India and that point but only were trusted to defeat Chinese.

After “Love Story” this book made me cry with the plight of Army and condition in which himalagan soldiers defended the border with all courage daovi 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 usas John summed up ” The thought of Mother Nation, kept these Soldiers alive and fight” View all 9 comments.

Jan 18, Pradeep rated it it was amazing.


A must read for all! Readers can understand the hidden politics of the politicians jl the horrible life of the soldiers at the Himalayan border.

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

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. Feb 20, Vikram Karve rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The events unfolding before my eyes, on TV News Channels, and the b,under chronicled in the book — the coincidence was startling.

I have heard a saying: That is why I feel that Himalayan Blunder is a must read for the powers that be — political, civil and military.

Himalayan Blunder is a fascinating war memoir of the Conflict between India and China in which India suffered a humiliating defeat. I feel that it always better to read hp 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 dalci which lends them credibility.

In my opinion, Himalayan Blunder is a military masterpiece, arguably the best book by an Indian military author.

Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India’s Most Crushing Military Disaster by J.P. Dalvi

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 influenced more by 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.

Why did India suffer such a crushing defeat in the 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. 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. Did you like this post? 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. Dec 16, Rupin Chaudhry rated it it was amazing.

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