‘A World of Illusion’: The Legacy of Empire in India's Foreign Relations, 1947–62

  title={‘A World of Illusion’: The Legacy of Empire in India's Foreign Relations, 1947–62},
  author={Mithi Mukherjee},
  journal={The International History Review},
  pages={253 - 271}
  • Mithi Mukherjee
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Political Science
  • The International History Review
The Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, summed up in October 1962 India’s approach to international affairs since its independence from British rule in 1947: ‘We were living in a world of illusion . . . we 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.’ He spoke at the end of the Sino-Indian war, when, to his surprise, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), after having rejected all… 
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