Former foreign secretary Nirupama Rao has said: “Blaming Nehru won’t solve China problem for India.” 

Rao made this statement while speaking at Hindustan Times’ show “On the Record with Sunetra Choudhury”. 

“… many blame (first Prime Minister Jawaharlal) Nehru for everything that went wrong with China… I think he was also quite focused on the need for a peaceful environment in which India could develop to consolidate its neighbourhood. Therefore, he felt that friendship with China, dialogue, or some kind of understanding was needed… He was the one who took the decisions to consolidate our administration closer to the Himalayan borders, extend connectivity and improve infrastructures. So, blaming Nehru may not entirely solve the problem for us…” the HT quoted India’s former foreign secretary Nirupama Rao as saying. 

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Rao has penned a book titled: “The fractured Himalaya: India-Tibet-China 1949-1962?. 

The book “attempts to recount the history of the relationship between India and China, while keeping the Tibet factor in this equation”. 

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