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Disclosure of Henderson Brooks Report not in national interest

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The Henderson Brooks Report on 1962 Indo-China war is a “top secret document” and disclosure of any information about it would not be in the national interest, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

“This (the Henderson Brooks report) is a top secret document and has not been declassified so far. Release of this report, fully or partially or disclosure of any information to this report would not be in national interest,” the government said in a written response to a question in the Raj ..

It added that the government is aware of reports purporting to disclose part of the report on the Indo-China war.


The 1963 report authored by the then Lt General Henderson Brooks and Brigadier P S Bhagat was commissioned by the Indian Army following its crushing defeat by the Chinese, but the government has refrained from releasing its findings.

The demands for the report to be made public have periodically been made in the past.