Are We Deceving Ourselves Again?

Are We Deceving Ourselves Again?

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Author: Arun Shourie
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 214
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129114105


On what assumptions was Panditiji confident that China would not invade Tibet? What happened, and what did he do when those assumptions proved disastrously wrong?

On what grounds did he then convince himself that the usurpation of Tibet would not harm India's security?

Why and on what reasoning did he scotch all warnings- those of Sardar Patel, Rajaji, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Acharya Kriplani, M.R.Masani, the young Vajpayee, and every officer who took courage to document what the Chinese were up to- in Tibet, and along our entire border?

How did Chou En-lai and the Chinese government beguile him? And thereby fool India?

What did Panditji do when information about China having occupied large parts of Ladakh and having built roads through it, could no longer be suppressed?

What did Chou En-lai tell Panditji about our boundary with China? Was it prudent to rely on what he said?

What eventually led to the debacle of 1962? What were the reasons, in Panditji’s reckoning, for China to assault and humiliate India? How does his thesis stand up in retrospect?

Are the same delusions and mistakes not being repeated now? Why will the consequences be any different?

A devastating analysis and warning by Arun Shourie, based entirely on Pandit Nehru's own notes to his officers, his correspondence including his letters to Chief Ministers, his speeches in and out of Parliament.



1. Wish as policy
2. “We may have deceived ourselves”
3. The policy is set
4. Anxieties are brushed aside
5. A satisfying tutorial
6. Carries away
7. What Chou says, what the Chinese begin doing
8. Prelude
9. “These are not excuses, but merely facts”
10. The avalanche
11. A round about thesis
12. Lessons
13. Epilogue