外文标题：Secret report on India-China war in 1962 made public
CHENNAI: A section of the confidential Henderson Brooks report that critically reviewed India’s defence preparedness and strategies during the 1962 war with China has been released online by Australian journalist Neville Maxwell.
While the report may not contain significantly new revelations about the poor state of India’s forces during the war, it discusses “how the Army was ordered to challenge the Chinese military to a conflict it could only lose,” according to Maxwell, a retired foreign correspondent who was based in Delhi at the time of the war.
The report was authored by Lieutenant General Henderson Brooks and Brigadier P S Bhagat, then commandant of the Indian Military Academy, soon after the war. It was commissioned by Lt General J N Chaudhuri who had just taken over as chief of Army staff in 1962.
该报告是受刚刚于1962年接任印度陆军参谋长的J N Chaudhuri中将委托，由亨德森布鲁克斯中将和时任印度军事学院院长P S Bhagat准将在战后不久撰写的。
It continues to be considered classified by the Indian government.
As late as April 2010, defence minister AK Antony told Parliament that the contents of the report are “not only extremely sensitive but are of current operational value.”
Maxwell, who wrote a controversial account of the reasons that led to India’s defeat in his work, India’s China War, says on his website that he has always had access to the report and had waited for it to be declassified. He says he has now decided to put a large part of the report in the public domain because of India’s unwillingness to release it.
While the Nehru government’s forward policy has been widely analyzed and criticized as being a contributor, Maxwell says on his website that the report holds India’s first prime minister personally responsible for the war. “The reasons for the long-term withholding of the report must be political, indeed probably partisan, perhaps even familial,” says Maxwell.
The report may provide cannon fodder for the BJP to attack Congress and beef up its campaign for a strong India under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Congress analysts are likely to dismiss the contents since it may not be revelatory, but harp on the progress India has made since then.
Tarique Anawar (Singapore)
What is the point now discussing all this.
virateksau (Location) replies to Tarique Anawar
to find out the truth.
GOVT WAS TOTALLY BLIND IN DEFENCE RELATED MATTERS OF THE COUNTRY, DURING THAT PERIOD.
V K ()
Idiots will Be Idiots. Theses are the person who have ruined INDIA. Look at China what progress it has made on all fronts..
India is as prepared today as it was in 1962. Sad to say this but our mentality, corruption levels, military preparedness, all lead me to believe we are only paper tigers and any nation can bully us.
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dave matthewz (Malaysia)
All the politicians should be detained and forced to watch soap operas 24/7 without any break for 5 years-then only will they repent and ask for forgiveness from the people of India.
We,Indians deserve better leaders.We were almost equals to the Chinese in military power in 1962.We lost the war due to the idealism of Nehruji and the left leanings of V K Krishna Menon.Had it not been for Kennedy’s strong stand ,most of the North East would have been under the Chinese now.Now is the time for our leaders to forget their petty squabbles and come together to make India a strong nation economically and militarily.
Raahil S (Unknown)
Who the he!l is Henderson Brooks ? His name sounds jew!sh !!! India should keep away from such CON artist whose job is to incite both Indians and Chinese to fight wars.
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Sunil (New Delhi)
Nerhu and Gandhi family made India weak and caused partition. We need to get rid of Congress it is an anti-national party.
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Bansi Lal (Pune, India)
It is an open secret that we were defeated as we had almost no military preparedness; why keep the facts under the carpet?
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rajan loknathan (chennai / trivandrum)
It is a well known fact that the Chinese debacle of 1962 was solely due to the policies of Nehru and his defense minister V.K.krishna Menon who never cared for the security of the country and thought that no country will attack India. The Chinese went on saying India-China Bhai Bhai and attacked India in the old NEFA region and Ladakh and took huse areas of Akshi chin of Ladakh and Nefa regions. Indian soldiers who were equipped with .303 rifles were easy targets for the Chinese troops with automatic weapons and the Indian soldiers were not properly clothed or provided with food or other logistical support. So it was the worst failure India suffered and lost its face in the world as a Power to reckon with. Nehru also had to lose his prestige and support and had to ask VKK Menon to resign as Defense minister.
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anilk khan (Unknown) replies to rajan loknathan
Rajan, next time you see an armed Indian in uniform take a look at the weapon he carries. 75% of them will be .303 rifles.
rajan loknathan replies to anilk khan
possible. Nobody seems to care for either Defense or other departments. All want to EARN.
Major Manohar (Hyderabad)
Our defense preparedness is at its lowest ebb, worse than what it was in 1962, all because of the MOD and its top rung beaurocrats.
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Lord Krishna (Varanasi)
HINDI CHINI BHAI BHAI………….. THAT IS HOW INDIA LOST THE WAR WITH PRECIOUS LIVES OF INDIAN SOLDIERS AND LAND TO CHINA WHY? ………….. ONLY ONE REASON…………. NEHRU’S STUPIDITY
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Anand Apexa (Location) replies to Lord Krishna
Nehru is stupid so only china attacked ..
Nehru was always more busy in wine and woman, no wonder report holds India’s first prime minister personally responsible for the war.
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The Himalayan Blunder.
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Dev Singh (Location)
China almost got India, if US did’t send there War Ships and warn China to back-off, our great partner Russia was fueling this war by promoting China to take over India. we might be born Chinese and Russian slaves.
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Anand Apexa (Location) replies to Dev Singh
No Russsia did not interfere at all .. It said ” One is a brother and other is friend”
Dr (Location) replies to Dev Singh
You do not have any idea about the 1962 war. Better keep silent.
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Sceptical (Planet Earth) replies to Dr
Every thing Dev Singh said is a fact. Kennedy sent the 5th fleet into Bay of Bengal which caused China to stop. Russia and China were tight as thieves then. If not for US we would have been sunk in ’62.
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Dev Singh replies to Dr
do some more research to find out cause of ceasefire, why China suddenly ceasefire, sure not bcoz afraid of Indian Air force or Navy, which was not exist back then.
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Gaurav mahendru (delhi)
anti national congress almost destroyed india
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