Policy for Declassification of War History
Part of: GS Prelims and GS -II – Policies and interventions and GS-III – Defence and security
- The Union Defence Minister has approved a policy on archiving, declassification, compilation and publication of war and operations histories by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
- A policy on declassification of war histories was recommended by the Kargil Review Committee headed by K Subrahmanyam as well as the N.N. Vohra Committee.
- Timely publication of war histories would give people accurate account of the events, help in academic research and counter the baseless rumours.
- A committee shall be formed for compilation of war and operations histories headed by Joint Secretary, MoD.
- According to the policy, records should ordinarily be declassified in 25 years.
- Records older than 25 years should be appraised by archival experts and transferred to the National Archives of India after compilation.
- The compiled history on wars and operations, within five years, will be for internal consumption first.
- Later the committee may decide to publicly release considering the sensitivity of the subject,
- Declassification of older wars like the 1962 war will be taken up on case by case basis by a committee to be constituted under the new policy.