Captain Amarinder Singh calls for publication of 1962 war report

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    Batting for the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh also suggested publishing the Henderson Brooks report on the 1962 Indo-China War.

    “If some politician has committed a bloomer, we should admit it. If some general has messed up, we should open up,” the Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha said.

    In an informal conversation with reporters after the launch of his book, Honour and Fidelity: India’s Military Contribution to the Great War 1914-18, in New Delhi on Saturday evening, he opposed a review of AFSPA, saying it was being used under exceptional circumstances only and there was no need to revoke it as there was no alternative to it.

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    Congress MP Captain Amarinder Singh with Amar Singh (second from right) and other guests at the launch of the former's book in New Delhi

    He said: “Our soldiers are fighting a very difficult war, being fired upon from everywhere. They need some legal protection”.

    He said that at times mistakes are committed by the soldiers and are firmly dealt with, but that this should not mean the law should be repealed or withdrawn. The Congress leader pointed out that the Army recently sentenced five Army personnel to life imprisonment.

    “It is not that the law is being abused or misused and isolated instances of aberrations by certain individuals must not be used against the AFSPA”, he asserted, while underlining that the Indian Army is one of the best disciplined forces in the world.

    Earlier, during the question-answer session, Amarinder agreed that the Brooks report - authored by Lieutenant General T.B. Henderson and Brigadier P.S. Bhagat - who went into detailed analysis of the Indo-China War should be made public after the passage of over 50 years.

    Speaking about the book, dedicated to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he said it was a tribute to over 70,000 Indian soldiers who were killed and over 70,000 others who were injured in World War I.

    Amarinder said not much was known about the Indian soldiers’ contribution to the Great War, and he wanted to document their contribution. It took about four years of rigorous research and travel across Europe and different parts of India to compile this book, he said.

    The senior Congress leader also slammed the failure to set up a National War Memorial in the commemoration of soldiers who died in various wars.

    Amarinder said that India’s support to Great Britain had some positive impact as the British government had promised to devolve more autonomy to India. He said there was by and large consensus that Indians should support the Great Britain. He even pointed out a resolution to this effect was passed in the 29th session of the Indian National Congress held in Madras in December 1914.

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    Article doesn't say anything about 1962 war, only about WW-1
     

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