Friday, April 1, 2011

The War of 1962: Henderson Brooks-Bhagat Report

My paper on the Henderson-Brooks-Bhagat Report appeared in the last issue of the Indian Defence Review.

"Regarding the border being a live issue, if some portions of the Report do not tally with the present position of the Government of India, it could very well be sanitized or explained that the view of the Inquiry Committee was not (and is not) that of the Government.
The release of the Report would certainly trigger further historical research on the subject, particularly in view of the opening of the US, Russian and Chinese archives. Today, as we have seen in the opening paras, Neville Maxwell’s interpretation alone is ‘authoritative’. This is unfortunate for India.
In my opinion, by keeping the Report under wraps, the Government is doing a disservice to the nation."

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