Congress slams BJP for playing "cheap politics" on India-China war

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 17:29

Bangalore: Hitting out at BJP, Congress Tuesday accused it of playing "cheap politics" ahead of Lok Sabha polls on the issue of 1962 India-China war in the wake of a classified report on it being made public, saying it only showed the principal opposition party`s mindset.

"I don`t think that such cheap allegations deserve a response," Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said in sharp reaction to a query about BJP questioning the government`s reluctance, even after so many years, to declassify the report which reportedly blamed the Nehru Government.

Large parts of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report on India`s debacle has been made public online by Australian journalist Neville Maxwell, who had reported the war. Latching on to this, BJP has demanded that the entire report be made public and "Nehru has to account a lot for".
Singhvi said, "Everybody knows that what happened in 1962 was a product of a complex multitude of diverse factors," and to suggest to make it "unilinear or as a unilateral factor" was to try to "miniaturise" things which were very complex.

"On the eve of elections to try and play such cheap politics after 30 or 40 years shows the mindset of the BJP."

He said "much more" politics could be done today about the Kargil war which happened in contemporary India during the NDA rule, but "I am not going to do it, but could ask you a question how intruders were allowed to enter India (in 1999) with all these new warships and new equipment."

But, Singhvi said, on such matters the nation stands together and "we do not do cheap politics on the eve of elections unlike the BJP."

To a query, Singhvi said, "Certainly, there was lack of preparedness at some level. If you are a serious student of History, you could go into it. But to suggest that Nehru is to blame or Congress is to blame is cheap politicisation."

"We have learnt a lot of lessons. We have come a long way and nobody dares to look us in the eye as some people did in 1960s. In 2014, we are a proud country despite the divisive tactics of the BJP," he said.

First Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 17:29

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