World Bulletin / News Desk
Part of a classified report that criticized India's strategies during its defeat to China in the 1962 Sino-Indian war was leaked by an Australian journalist on Monday night.
Neville Maxwell, who reported for London-based The Times during the war, put the controversial Henderson Brooks-Bhagat report on his website.
There is speculation on social networking sites that the Indian government blocked the website, which is now inaccessible both inside and outside India.
The confidential Indian Army report reviews India’s defense preparedness and claims “the Army was ordered to challenge the Chinese military to a conflict it could only lose”.
Maxwell said on his website that he waited for more than 50 years for the report to be declassified by the Indian government before publishing it online.
According to Maxwell, the report holds India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru personally responsible for the war.
India's government has continued to keep the report classified, claiming that it continues to have operational value for India.
“The reasons for the long-term withholding of the report must be political, indeed probably partisan, perhaps even familial,” Maxwell wrote on his website. “I kept the report to myself I was therefore complicit in a continuing cover-up.”
He said he had made five attempts to publish the report previously but that editors had declined it for national security reasons and thought that leaking the report, instead of waiting for an official release, would take attention away from its contents.
India’s Defense Ministry did not react to media reports about the release of the confidential report.
87-year-old Maxwell has already written a controversial book titled “India’s China War” in 1970, based on the confidential report prepared by Lieutenant General Henderson Brooks and Brigadier P S Bhagat, then commandant of the Indian Military Academy, immediately after the war.
India suffered heavily in the war because of a "forward policy" of setting up outposts behind the Chinese troops, who did not believe that they had intruded into Indian territory.Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mart 2014, 14:18