Nehru was oblivious of ground realities. Indian soldiers wearing canvas shoes were rushed to confront Himalayan snows and Chinese troops expert in mountain warfare. India has yet not recovered from that trauma.
Vajpayee went to Iran and airily announced that international terrorism and Taliban would be fought. Did Vajpayee know the ground realities when he made this declaration? Did he know that he was raising the stakes in a proxy war between transnational lobbies?