Maxwell said on his website he always had access to the report but had been waiting for it to be declassified, the Press Trust of India said. Maxwell, now nearly 90, decided to put out a large part of it in the public domain because of India’s unwillingness to release it, according to the news agency. The month-long war ended with China calling a unilateral ceasefire and withdrawing from India’s northeast while retaining Aksai Chin, a strategic corridor linking Tibet to western China.
Many historians blame Congress Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for misreading the border situation and allowing the 1962 defeat to occur. While there is heavy trade between India and China, relations are still dogged by mutual suspicion — a legacy of the border war in which India got a bloody nose.