New Delhi: The government on Monday refused
to make public an Army study on the 1962 war debacle with
China, saying the internal report was "top secret" and
Defence Minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha that
the Henderson Brooks Report had "current operational value".
Asked by Congress member Manish Tewari if the report
would be made public, the minister replied in the negative.
"Henderson Brooks Report is a TOP SECRET document,
based on an internal study by the Indian Army, contents of
which are not only extremely sensitive, but are of current
operational value," Antony said in a written reply.
However, on the 1947 Indo-Pak war, the Defence Minister
said the official historical record had been compiled and it
was in the public domain since 1987.
He also said the compilation and publication of other
historical records had been taken up subsequently starting
with the 1965 war.
However, his statement was silent on whether such an
exercise for 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and the 1999
Kargil War too would be taken up.