The Tryst Betrayed gives an insider’s view of policy making. In his lucid and informative style Mehta sheds light on Jawaharlal Nehru’s prophetic assertion of ideological agnosticism (named ‘Non-alignment’ in 1946) and its distortion by the accidental overlap of decolonization with the Cold War. Partition, decades of tensions, four wars and underdevelopment have been the consequences.
In marked departure from other memoirs, Mehta pulls no punches. He argues that Nehru was naïve on
After retirement Mehta chose academia and voluntarism—at Harvard, the Woodrow Wilson Centre for scholars and he was for fifteen years a visiting professor at the
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