A Clash Of Political Cultures

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A Clash Of Political Cultures
In this book, Sudarshan Bhutani, who served in the Indian embassy in China during 1957-62, critically narrates the political and diplomatic circumstances that led to the Indo-China war in 1962. He also analyses the role of the factors influencing China's domestic and foreign policies - especially the impact of the Tibetan revolt and the constraints it placed on the realization of the country's place in the international community. These factors and China's own warped image of Nehru's role and standing had a decisive impact on the India-China boundary dispute. The Tibetan revolt proved the catalyst for a series of events: border incidents and the 1960 meeting of Nehru and Zhou Enlai in New Delhi among them. The steady crescendo of mutual mistrust set the stage for China unleashing a full-scale ground war in 1962. The war went in China's favour, but brought no dividends, except the formation of the Sino-Pak alliance. Drawing on his rich diplomatic experience, ambassador Bhutani has given readers an incisive and deeply researched book that is a 'must-read'for scholars and students of international affairs.
About the Author
Sudarshan Bhutani has had a distinguished diplomatic career. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1955 at the age of twenty-two. After training in India, and a year in Oxford at the Far Eastern Faculty, he did a year-long course at Beijing University while working at the Indian Embassy. He has spent over fifteen years in the Asia-Pacific region. He was the chairman and secretary general of the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam, as well as ambassador to Indonesia and high commissioner to Australia. As joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, he handled political relations with countries ranging from Afghanistan to Morocco. He was ambassador in Egypt in the late 1980s. After retirement, he continues to take active interest in current national security issues.
TitleA Clash Of Political Cultures
Author NameSudarshan Bhutani
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2004
Total No. of Pages282
Weight0.55 KGS
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