New Delhi: A new policy on archiving, declassification and compilation/publication of war/operations histories has been approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The policy will help analyze war/operations, lessons to be learned and shall prevent future mistakes.
Timely publication of war histories would give people accurate account of the events, provide authentic material for academic research and counter the unfounded rumors.
The policy envisages that each organization under the Ministry of Defence such as services, Integrated Defence Staff, Assam Rifles and Indian Coast Guard, will transfer the records, including war diaries, letters of proceedings & operational record books, etc., to the History Division of Ministry of Defence (MoD) for proper upkeep, archival and writing the histories.
The History Division will be responsible for coordination with various departments while compiling, seeking approval and publishing of war/operations histories.
A committee headed by Joint Secretary, MoD and consisting of representatives of the Services, MEA, MHA and other organizations and prominent military historians, should be formed within two years of completion of war/operations. Within three years a collection of records and compilation has to be completed and disseminated to all concerned by the committee.