Modi govt U-TURN on 1962 India-China war report

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  1. Ashutosh Lokhande

    Ashutosh Lokhande Senior Member Senior Member

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    Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who once demanded that the Henderson Brooks-Bhagat report on the India-China war of 1962 be made public, has done a U-turn.

    In a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP H.K. Dua, Jaitley said the release of the classified document "would not be in national interest".

    "Government is aware of reports purporting to disclose part of the Henderson Brooks Report on the India-China war. This is a Top Secret document and has not been declassified so far. Further, release of this report, fully or partially or disclosure of any information related to this report would not be in national interest", said a release from the Defence Ministry.

    The BJP, while in Opposition, criticised the UPA government for not making the report public.


    "With the wisdom of hind sight I am of the oinion that the report's contents could have been made public some decades ago," Jaitley had said in March 2014.

    In April 2010, then defence minister A.K. Antony told Parliament that the report could not be declassified because its contents "are not only extremely sensitive but are of current operational value."

    This statement was criticised by Opposition parties as an attempt to hide policy failures of then-prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to avoid hurting performance of his great-grandson, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in the 2014 General Elections.

    However, more than 50 years after its creation, the report remains classified by the Indian government. The only two copies of the 1963 report that clinically analysed independent India's worst military defeat, at the hands of the PLA in 1962, lay buried in the vaults of the defence ministry and army headquarters. Successive governments stubbornly refused to release it.


    Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...nda-government-jawaharlal-nehru/1/370410.html
     
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  3. hitesh

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    This is classical foot in the mouth situation for Defense minister , last time Modi je while in opposition writing to gov for not bypassing the parliament ,decisions regarding railway fare hike then doing the same while in gov . Soon we will see FDI in retail sector too
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Calling Daniel Ellsberg...
     
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    Now, I start wondering what kind of information in this report are "not only extremely sensitive but are of current operational value"
     
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    Sir @Ray might shed some light on this.
     
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    I grew up hearing about the death tolls in train accidents.

    We always had the "official death toll," and the "unofficial death toll;" the latter being much higher.

    Is this relevant to the Henderson Brooks Report? Yes, only if you can read between the lines.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It could be because of the request from western powers, whose interaction in 1962 with Nehru might be embarrassing for the current world scenario.

    There were lot of interaction with the West after and during the attack by China in 1962.

    Naturally, while it would do no harm to the BJP to expose Nehru, it would however do harm to India's relationship with the West, if embarrassing facts of Western omissions and commissions were exposed, and thus in the continuum, the BJP Govt and it pursuing a matured foreign policy.

    Strategic interest of 1962 may not be similar to that of today, but the actions of yesterday can always be embarrassing today in today's strategic envelope.

    Pakistan was said to have been told to lay off.

    Now, that could cause turmoil in Pakistan as to why the leaders of Pakistan did not take advantage of India's problems and gain what they desired. It would show Pakistani leaders to be handmaidens of the US. Even today, the Pakistan Govt is being accused by the Mullahs that the Pakistan Govt is handmaidens of the US. Imagine the the upper hand these Mullahs will get to do down the Pakistani political leadership as also the Army leadership.

    It would not be correct of India to upset any apple carts.
     
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    Don't think so. Even the western powers had declassified even more embarrassing info after a certain period of time. I don't think it's related to western powers. It's got something to do with us not plugging in the operational/strategic loopholes which we haven't plugged in since then and is unable to do so even today. Probably this will come out only after the Sino-Indian border issue is resolved.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. I don't think western alliances and saving their faces is the real reason, west has seen much more embarassing situations than this and its hardly a secret that they hated China, even more under communism.

    I think the embarassement is fully on your side and could cause a turmoil insude India.

    As for Pakistan, we all know India had warned us not ti take advantage. Its not a secret.
     
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    Ray, sometimes I just think your career is not a soldier but a lawyer.
    Only lawyer can come up such kind of ridiculous reasons.
    Come on, embarrassing western countries for whatever they did 50 years ago? They couldn't care less!


    This one is even more funnier! Since when Pakistan's stability becomes India's concern?
    Why Pakistan did not take advantage of this war? How about the war was too short, Chinese didn't tell anyone about its plan, Pakistan was on the opposite of China.
     
  12. Ashutosh Lokhande

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    but they still waged war on india (1965) trying to take advtg thinking india would be very vulnerable after a fresh loss.
    pakistan has tried to take advntg whenever it was possible. even if it meant breaking treaties and pacts. (kargil)
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Of course, you may think I am a lawyer with ridiculous reasoning. After all, you have experience with Chinese law and lawyers, both being totally ridiculous.

    The point to note that I have read some of what was called 'Telegrams' in those days that passed between Ambassador Galbraith and the State Dept. I hardly think that those make a good case for either upholding democracy or not arm-twisting assistance with joining the Bloc.

    That you have no idea of geopolitics and geostrategy is so obvious. If politicians in Pakistan are devalued, then the Army takes over. And when the Army takes over, it does not bring peace or status quo to the table.

    So, it is you who is so funny!
     
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    Read the declassified 'Telegrams' between Galbraith and the State Department.
     

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