India to ‘declassify' some files related to SL

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The Indian government said it is in the process of declassifying more than two lakh files related to countries including Sri Lanka, the PTI said quoting a top official.

The development comes soon after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) declassified 70,000 files.

The MEA is in the process of "finalizing a major project to declassify another set of 220,000 files- records covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Iran and Sri Lanka, East Asia, Eurasia and the Americas," said MEA Special Secretary (Public Diplomacy) Pinak Chakravarty.

He was addressing an International Seminar on Early Years of Nuclear Cooperation and Non-Proliferation: A Dialogue on Nuclear Historicities.

Throwing light on India's nuclear policy, Chakravarty said it "remains firmly rooted in the basic tenet that our country's national security, in a world of nuclear proliferation, lies either in universal, non-discriminatory disarmament or in the exercise of the principle of equal and legitimate security for all."

Commenting on the MEA decision to declassify files, IDSA Director Arvind Gupta said "MEA's recent declassification of a large number of files pertaining to India's foreign policy is a step in the right direction."

"Some of these files, which are now available with the National Archives, pertain to the nuclear issues. More files need to be declassified,” he said.
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  • mohamed asfar Thursday, 11 October 2012 06:34 AM

    who cares...............

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 11 October 2012 06:40 AM

    Wonder if these would include records of training given to LTTE Tiger cubs in military camps in South India as well.

    007 Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:06 AM

    wonder whether sri lankan institutions even have records of anything maintained like this............

    lal Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:15 AM

    We Sri Lankans and India's neighbors know enough of India's ugly side. These files may reveal a little of that ugly side to Indians, but majority Indians being illiterate won't be able to read these files. Stuff them.

    sam jaya Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:28 AM

    yes Mr calistus , IT would also have the records of how it ended the long war by strategically fighting.

    Abdul Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:47 AM

    who cares about indias records ? we care only about china

    Tharma Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:56 AM

    Files relating to conspiracy against Tamils are not with MEA but with RAW

    ira Thursday, 11 October 2012 06:08 AM

    They must also release files with details of how India funded and trained LTTE in TamilNadu.


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