The Centre is likely to declassify the Henderson-Brooks report on the reasons behind India’s defeat in the 1962 India-China war. It will cross out extremely sensitive portions that cannot be made public in national interest, a top government official told HT.
Australian journalist Neville Maxwell had made portions of the report public in March 2014 by uploading it on the internet triggering a debate on India’s worst military defeat and the events that led to it. The report practically held the entire civilian and military leadership responsible for driving the country into a war it wasn’t prepared for.
BJP then demanded that the report, authored by Lt Gen Henderson Brooks and Brig PS Bhagat, be declassified immediately. In Rajya Sabha last July, then defence minister Arun Jaitley said the release of the document would not be in national interest.