The National Archives was suggested, but it is a separate entity from the Indian Army.
So also is the Historical Division of the Ministry of Defense, despite it's name. We
went to the National Archives one day. I was told by the director that I would need a
letter of referral from the United States Embassy to allow me to do research there. I
showed him copies of letters I had been carrying - letters of introduction from a Senator
and a Representative, both who are from Oregon State and work in Washington DC. Although
this was good enough for the Adjutant General's office, it was refused at the National
Archives. However, he allowed me access on an old slow computer, and I put in the name
Abbott. There was a lot of interesting correspondence, a few references of Army
personnel, but nothing of interest to me. So, off we went to the United States Embassy
in Delhi. "No prior appointment? Sorry, no entrance". At the hotel I quickly
took photos of my letters and th!
en added the copies into an email, asking for a letter of introduction to allow me to do
research. " Sorry, by appointment only, this is something we don't do on
emails". Let's just say the Embassy was not helpful.
The Colonel from the AG's office said there may be Army records stored at the National
Archives, however, once again there was no way to access anything without a service
record number. I have not investigated the Historical Division of the Ministry of
Defense yet. I called the office while I was in Delhi but the Director was on holiday,
and the Assistant Director was rather reticent about giving me permission to visit. This
is something I can follow up on by international phone calls,
I hope this answers your question sufficiently.