There has been a serious report by a senior journalist in India Chander Suta Dogra, regarding the story of 54 missing soldiers, and the story has prolonged for several years. In 1971, Pakistan had lost a 13-day war to India, resulting in its eastern half – separated from the rest of the country by more than 1,600km (990 miles) of India – emerging as the sovereign nation of Bangladesh.
India believes the 54 soldiers went missing in action and are held in Pakistani prisons. The journalist has spoken to retired Army officials and the relatives of the soldiers who are missing. She was able to get through the classified records and found out the government has not given enough effort to find them.
“It is clear that the government knew some of the missing men were dead. Then why did they retain their names on the list? Quite clearly, there is deliberate obfuscation, and the government owes it to not just to the relatives of the soldiers, but the people of India to come clean,” says Ms. Dogra.