India: We Were Out of Touch with Reality

In any other week but one in which the U.S. and Russia were in lethal confrontation, the eyes of the world would have been on the Himalayas—where the two Asian giants are locked in momentous war.

The battles at either end of the 2,500-mile mountain border between India and Red China marked the end of three years of skirmishing and wordy debate about just where the frontier lies. They also marked the beginning of the end of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's incredible naivete about the nature of his enemy. At 72, Nehru was...

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