Unwise strategies led to India's debacle in the '62 war
This refers to the review of Henry Kissinger's On China, You have a gun, and I will have a gun: Mao (Read, June 4) about developments that led to the 1962 war. It was the late Jawaharlal Nehru's unbalanced vision and impractical strategic planning that resulted in the debacle of October-November, 1962. The Chinese leadership devoted lot of time in thinking and planning sound strategies. Nehru, on the other hand, kept acting like a monarch till he died repentant in May, 1964.
KS Vashisth, via email
The ways of great men
In his article Do not go gentle (Incidentally, June 4), Gopalkrishna Gandhi has done well to remind us of Martin Luther King's prophetic and succinct speech, delivered almost 60 years ago. Dissent is now talking the form of agitations and satyagrahas, shaking the citadels of power and awakening the masses to the virtues of maladjustment. The likes of Mahatma Gandhi and King have shown us ways to rid ourselves of imperialism and corruption.
Ashish Rai, via email
The capital and its palaces
Kudos to Hindustan Times for presenting the history of New Delhi in Of princes, palaces and plush points (June 9). The article conveys an impression that most royal residences were designed by Edwin Lutyens, which is not true. Lutyens designed five princely palaces, of which Nizam's Palace and Baroda House are still there. I was surprised that Jaipur House, rightly pointed out as Charles Blomfield's creation, has been described in the same article as one of the best maintained Lutyens' buildings in New Delhi.
Sumanta K Bhowmick, Delhi