This is the context of the decision.
A moment’s reflection would have exposed the fatuity of the “offer”. It would have entailed revision of the U.N. Charter which is subject to veto by any of the five powers – the Soviet Union included. The Americans offered the seat to India in order to keep the People’s Republic of China (PRC) out, leaving the KMT regime of Taiwan to occupy China’s seat. India was invited to enter into this Faustian bargain. But would the Soviet Union have agreed to be party to it when its alliance with the PRC was in full swing?
It does not absolve Nehru but does explain what might have been the thinking of the Indian establishment at that time.
Hmmm.. So it was a well-thought out bad decision, not a stupid one.
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