Nehru’s Himalayan UN gaffe: File on permanent UNSC membership offer to India must be traced and declassified


Over past few years, a number of articles Over past few years, a number of articles have appeared on the offer of permanent membership of UN Security Council to India in the 1950s. I discovered, as director in the Ministry of External Affairs, the original file on the subject in 1995, which included internal deliberations of the period have appeared on the offer of permanent membership of UN Security Council to India in the 1950s. I discovered, as director in the Ministry of External Affairs, the original file on the subject in 1995, which included internal deliberations of the period. It was put up to me for orders for destruction, as part of a routine exercise of ‘weeding out’ old files.

Realising its importance, I brought it to the attention of my seniors. I also wrote a   letter to our UN mission in New York. My letter was later circulated to our missions in P-5 capitals.

In response, our Moscow mission forwarded more information on the subject. I had suggested that the file be declassified and transferred to the National Archives as it had no operational significance.    Read More

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