Senior Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that the Henderson Brooks report on the 1962 India-China war should be made public and that if any politician or general had “messed up”, it should be “admitted”.
Speaking at the launch of his book, Honour and Fidelity: India’s military contribution to the Great War 1914-1918, he also said that whether it was the UPA government earlier, or the NDA government now, someone should have pushed for a war memorial.
The comments come in the backdrop of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Jawaharlal Nehru, during whose government the politico-military debacle of the 1962 war took place.
“Henderson Brooks report should be made public. ’71 operations are open, Siachen ops are open, Sri Lankan (ops) are open, why not ’62? We should know what happened… If some politician has made a mess up let’s admit it. If a general made a mess up, let’s admit it,” he said.
This stand comes even as successive governments, including the UPA and the present NDA government, have refrained from making the contents of the Henderson Brooks-Bhagat report on the 1962 India-China war public.
On the long pending demand of the armed forces for a war memorial, Singh said, “They seem to have been taking soldiers who die for the country for granted…Unfortunately, 60 years post Independence, we do not have a war memorial. We have become lackadaisical…I hope sense prevails.”
Singh’s book, which he has dedicated to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, is based on the contribution of Indian troops in the Great War. Around 1.3 million Indian soldiers reportedly participated in World War-I.