INDIA'S CHINA POLICY by P.C. Chakravarti


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This book is an indictment of India's conciliatory policy towards its encroaching neighbor. The author gives a brief historical survey of Sino-Indian relations and of the status of Tibet under Chinese suzerainty. In the thirties and forties, relations between Indians and the Chinese were good, as the Indians had sympathy for the Chinese when Japan was seizing increasingly large parts of their country. But right after the war, even before the Communists took over in China, a certain ill-feeling was engendered. In the author's opinion, by the rivalry of the two great Asian nations to be the leading voice in Asia. Mr. Nehru's anxious hope (and later perplexed disappointment) that the Chinese Communist government could be placated is carefully documented, although the author does not attempt to explore Mr. Nehru's character in explanation. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, Nehru hoped that the Tibetan question could be settled by negotiation, and it was only after ugly border incidents and the Tibetan rebellion of 1959 that he frankly admitted he had been wrong. This book contains information not readily available in this country on Indian activities, and is only marred by a strident anti Communist seal which the author may have picked up during his stay in India.

Pub Date: March 30th, 1962
Publisher: Indiana Univ. Press