It has been considered one of the most closely-guarded military secrets in India - the Henderson Brooks report of the Indian Army commissioned after the 1962 loss to China. For decades, release of the report has been resisted and apparently only two copies of the report physically existed in the Defence Ministry in South Block. Now, Australian journalist and historian Neville Maxwell, who reported from India in the sixties, and evidently has a copy of the report, has released more than 120 pages online. The report slams the military leadership at the time and indicates a massive chasm between the political leadership on the one hand and the actual military preparedness of the Indian Army on the other. The report hits out at the so called Forward Policy of the Indian government which was aimed at aggressively countering the Chinese presence in the disputed areas between the two countries. NDTV cannot independently corroborate the accuracy of the report uplinked by the journalist Neville Maxwell.
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