In all the clamour about the Henderson-Brooks report on the Indian defeat in the 1962 war with China, one detail seems to have gone down the memory hole: then defence minister Y B Chavan had revealed a year after the war that the committee was not tasked to look into the role of the government in the debacle. The committee, comprising Lt Gen T Henderson-Brooks and Brigadier P S Bhagat, was set up on December 14, 1962 by then Army Chief General JN Chaudhary for an â€œOperations Reviewâ€ of the military humiliation. According to a statement made by Chavan in the House on September 2, 1963, the committee set up by the then Army Chief was asked to find out what was wrong with â€œour training, our equipment, our system of command, the physical fitness of our troops and the capacity of our commanders at all levels to influence the men under themâ€, as only 24,000 Indian soldiers took on far greater number of Chinese troops. Despite its circumscribed mandate, the committee reviewed the â€œhigher direction of operationsâ€, Chavan had said, stressing that the report points out that â€œthe largest and the best equipped of Armies need to be given proper policy guidance and major directives by the government, whose instrument it isâ€. Chavan made it amply clear that the reportâ€“now in a safe in the defence secretary's office - could not have been released either completely or in parts as it contains â€œinformation about the strength and deployment of our forces and their locations would be invaluable use to our enemiesâ€.