Nehru never lived to see his dreams realized. In late 1962, he sadly observed: “We were living in a world illusion… [W]e were getting out of touch with reality in the modern world and we were living in an artificial world of our own creation. We have been shocked out of it.”1 What sparked this final collapse of his idealism was the Sino-Indian War, which had ended weeks before. China, which Nehru had long considered a friend and ally, had unexpectedly invaded India and easily breezed through the subcontinent’s defenses, incompetently helmed by Krishna Menon. Then, just as suddenly, they withdrew their forces.2


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    Cf. Marnia Lazreg, Torture and the Twilight of Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).Google Scholar

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  • Manu Bhagavan
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  1. 1.Hunter College and the Graduate CenterThe City University of New YorkUSA

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