India forms policy to compile, declassify war histories-military ops. For the first time, India has established a strategy for compiling, archiving, declassifying, and publishing military operations and war history.
Previously, such a provision did not exist. On Saturday, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved the Ministry of Defence’s policy on archiving, declassification, compilation. And the release of war and operations history.
“According to the policy, everybody under the Ministry of Defence. Including the Services, the Integrated Defence Staff, the Assam Rifles, and the Indian Coast Guard. Is obliged to provide records. Such as war diaries, letters of proceedings, and operational record books. To the History Division of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for proper maintenance, archiving, and writing of histories,”. The Ministry of Defence stated.
As indicated in the Public Record Act 1993 and Public Record Rules 1997, as revised from time to time, the various organizations are responsible for declassifying documents.
Records should normally be declassified after 25 years, according to the regulation.
“After compiling war/operations histories, records older than 25 years old will tobe review by archival specialists and give to the National Archives of India,” the ministry said.
The History Division will coordinate with other departments in gathering, approving, and publishing war and operations histories.
India forms policy to compile, declassify war histories-military ops
The policy directs the establishment of a committee to compile war and operations histories, chaired by the Joint Secretary, MoD, and comprised of representatives from the Services, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and other organizations, as well as prominent military historians, as required.
Additionally, the policy established certain timetables for the preparation and publishing of war and operations history.
“The Committee shall tobe established within two years after the completion of the war or operations,” the ministry said.
Following that, the collecting and compilation of records habe tobe finish within three years and sent to all stakeholders.
The Kargil Review Committee, chaired by K. Subrahmanyam, and the N. N. Vohra Committee both suggested that war histories be published with a clear policy on declassification of war materials in order to analyze lessons learned and avoid future errors.
Following the Kargil Military, the GoM’s recommendations on national security emphasized the need for authentic war history.
“Timely publication of war history gives an accurate account of events, authentic material for academic study, and dispels false rumors,” the ministry said.