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Declassify Brooks-Bhagat report: BJP

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NEW DELHI, Oct 21 � Calling for declassification of the Brooks-Bhagat report on Indo-China conflict, the BJP has alleged that the UPA Government at the Centre continues to adopt a complacent attitude towards threats from China, underlining the need to strengthen the existing strategic infrastructure in the North-east.

In a statement, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the India-China conflict, former BJP president, Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that UPA Government need to adopt a firm stand with China on issues pertaining to border incursions and send a strong message through its diplomatic channels and international forums.

The Government has also failed to come up with robust infrastructure in the North Eastern States. There is an urgent need to strengthen existing strategic infrastructure especially in the states bordering China, he said.

After the humiliating debacle of 1962 the Army appointed a probe committee headed by Lt. General Henderson Brooks and Brigadier PS Bhagat to examine the conduct of military operations leading up from the outbreak of hostilities till the ceasefire. The committee had submitted its report to the Government in April 1963, but even after five decades the Government has refused to make it public, the BJP leader said.

The Brooks-Bhagat committee report is still a classified document and prevents the people of this country to get the facts pertaining to 1962 war. The people of India have the right to know why the Government could not protect India�s national pride and interest. The BJP demands that the Brooks-Bhagat Committee report should be declassified and made public.

Alleging that the Congress party�s policy towards threat from China still remains unchanged, Singh said Pandit JawaharLal Nehru-led Congress Government�s inability to defend our borders inflicted an immense psychological and political shock on the country. The government overlooked even the basic defence preparedness and substantially reduced Army�s strength that resulted in the 1962 debacle. The Congress Government not only failed to safeguard India�s strategic interests in 1962 but also suffered massive territorial loss.

Fifty years later another Congress� led UPA Government continues to follow the same elusive and self-destructive course. Ever since the UPA Government came to power, China has been claiming the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh and certain parts of Ladakh region as its own, Singh said.

Growing incidents of military incursions by Chinese troops on the Indian side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) have become a cause for grave concern.

According to reports instances of intrusion by the Chinese army have increased from 180 to more than 400 in 2012 till September alone. On many occasions direct engagement between Indian and Chinese forces has been averted at the last moment, Rajnath Singh claimed.

China�s aggressiveness and assertiveness along the LAC clearly indicate that the UPA Government has not been able to assert India�s sovereignty. The Government claims that it has initiated number of confidence building measures that are supposed to be the guiding principles in any dispute with China but the Government�s diplomatic endeavour has failed to yield anything substantial, he alleged.

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