Source: This post is based on the article “J&K Accession files: Disclosure of Bucher papers in ‘national interest’, observes CIC” published in India Today on 19th October 2021.
What is the News?
The Central Information Commission(CIC) has observed in an order that the disclosure of Bucher papers is in the National Interest.
However, the commission stopped short of ordering the disclosure of the documents, which are withheld under the directions of the External Affairs Ministry.
What are Bucher Papers?
Bucher Papers are related to the period of 1947-49 and may throw light on the Accession of Jammu and Kashmir(J&K).
The papers are named after General Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher, who served as the second chief of the Indian Army between January 1, 1948, to January 15, 1949.
These papers were compiled by General Bucher and given to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library(NMML).
However, NMML has kept these documents closed from public scrutiny even after 70 years on the instructions of the External Affairs Ministry.
About Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML)
NMML is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It was established in 1964 in the memory of the First Prime Minister (PM) of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964).
The museum is dedicated to the objective of promoting advanced research on Modern and Contemporary India.
The museum has four major constituents, namely, a Memorial Museum, a library on modern India, a Centre for Contemporary Studies and the Nehru Planetarium.
The museum is located in the Teen Murti House, Delhi (the official residence of the first PM).