In Indian politics Jawaharlal Nehru occupies an unparalleled place. On the 20th October 1962 when the Chinese army invaded India, the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was shocked. Nehru believed in friendship with China and had signed the Panchsheel treaty of peaceful coexistence with China in 1954. In Indian politics the popular slogan then was ‘Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai.’ Nehru saw it as a great betrayal. India was totally unprepared to face its mighty neighbour. Critics described his China policy as the biggest blunder of his career. During the war his task was to keep the moral of his people and to see off the unexpected military threat.In those days of Nehru’s personal and national crisis, Chaman Lal Chaman, a young Indian journalist from the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation arrived in Delhi to report the war for the NRIs living in Kenya and other East African Countries. He managed a rare scoop, a one-to-one interview with Nehru, something unheard in the Indian politics in those days.
History Talking presents that historical interview, broadcast on KBC on 4 November 1962