British Prime Minister David Cameron has asserted that there was "absolutely no" involvement of the Margaret Thatcher Government in the 1984 Operation Bluestar by the Indian Army to flush out militants from the Golden Temple.
India on Tuesday said it has "noted" the report and the statement made by the UK government that British assistance to India in planning Operation Bluestar to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984 was "purely advisory" and "limited".
Former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi wrote a personal letter to her British counterpart Margaret Thatcher soon after the 1984 Operation Bluestar in an attempt to justify her decision to send Army to flush out militants from the Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine.
Britain is set to scrap a ban on turbans at high-risk workplaces next week, a move that some Sikh groups see as a "sweetener" to deal with the fallout of the Margaret Thatcher government`s alleged role in Operation Bluestar in 1984.
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had asked her British counterpart Margaret Thatcher to stop helping Sri Lanka with military advice to crush the separatist Tamil Eelam movement in the 1980s, according to newly declassified documents.
Declassification of confidential documents has thrown light on interesting nuggets in Indo-British relations 30 years ago besides triggering controversy over purported British help in Operation Bluestar.
Rubbishing the reports hinting at British help to India in planning the Operation Bluestar, former Lieutenant General Kuldeep Singh Brar has said that the anti-Sikh raid was planned and executed entirely by the Indian Army.
A British MP on Monday claimed that top secret documents suggested Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher`s government helped Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out militants from the shrine, an operation that left more than 1,000 people dead.
Nelson Mandela`s name was not raised once in an official meeting between Margaret Thatcher and South Africa`s prime minister in 1984, records showed Friday, re-opening the debate into how much she pushed for his release from prison.