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    It was not Nehru but Patel was not interested in inclusion of Kashmir in India?

    After the inauguration of the tallest statue of Mr. Sardar Vallabhai Patel, honorable former Deuty PM and Home Minister of India of Gujarat, many truths and facts regarding Patel were unearthed by media from history coming into limelight. The media is analyzing through various documents, letters of of Mr.Patel and other legendary persons of that times Mr. Patel was interested in Hyderabad to be included in India rather than Kashmir. Actually Nehru and Gandhi were more interested to include Kashmir in India and moved in that direction what media is analyzing. Then now BJP is bringing a false propaganda and twisting the history saying if Mr.Patel become the first PM, India would not have this situation in Kashmir. Is it good to twist history for the sake of political gain?
  • #652500
    Actually BJP & RSS spokespersons say this "If Instead of Nehru, Patel become the firsts PM this and that problem may not happen" but prime question is Mr Modi got full power in states and central. You can solve the problems by yourself, instead of crying what was happen 60 years ago. But he did nothing progressive in case of kashmir and ram mandir and now they again bringing the issue in media after 4 and half years.

  • #652506
    The integration of the Indian States was not an easy task. There were problems with many princely States. Of all these Hyderabad, Junagadh and Kashmir posed the major problems. Hyderabad and Junagadh were ruled by Muslim kings. The major population in these two States was Hindu. In the case of Kasmir, it was ruled by a Hindu King whereas the dominant population was Muslim. Sardar Patel in all his wisdom considered the geographical position and population of these States and decided to concentrate on Hyderabad and Junagadh. He was prepared to forego Kashmir in return of Junagadh and Hyderabad. Lord Mountbatten conveyed to Mr. Jinnah about this which he did not accept.
    The ruler of Kashmir initially signed a Standstill agreement with Pakistan. As Pakistan did not comply with the conditions of the agreement, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir complained to the British Prime Minister and later to the Governor General. Meanwhile, tribals started the invasion of Kashmir 0n 22-10-1947. By 25-10-1947, they reached almost the outskirts of Srinagar. At that stage, only the ruler gave the letter of accession to India. Then the Prime Minister Mr. Nehru ordered an immediate airlift of Indian troops to Srinagar. Lord Mountbatten, who was a war veteran expressed his appreciation by saying that he did not see any such swift and fast action. The forces were able to throw back the invaders beyond Baramullah.

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  • #652515
    The Pakistani invasion of Kashmir began in September 1947. Patel wanted to send troops into Kashmir. But as suggested by Nehru and Mountbatten waited until Kashmir's monarch had acceded to India. Patel oversaw India's military operations and secured Srinagar and the Baramulla Pass. The forces retrieved much territory from the invaders. Patel with the support from the then Defence Minister Baldev Singh administered the entire military efforts by ordering different troops from various parts of the country to report to Kashmir. He made a major military road to be constructed connecting Srinagar to Pathankot in six months. Patel advised Nehru not to go for arbitration to the United Nations. He told Nehru that Pakistan was wrong to support the invasion and the accession to India was valid. He never wanted a third-party interference in the affair belonging to these two countries. Patel opposed the release of Rs. 550 million to the Government of Pakistan as it may give financial stability and they will become strong to declare a war with India. The Cabinet had approved his point. but this decision was reversed by Gandhi, Patel was felt hurt at the rejection of his counsel and a Cabinet decision.
    I am not very good at History. But this is what I read. I may be wrong. But whatever I read I have presented here.

    always confident

  • #652520
    Frankly speaking, the thread has been raised to insinuate Sardar Patel. Jawaharlal Nehru, by his dilly-dallying attitude coupled with indecisiveness of Maharaja Hari Singh, almost lost Kashmir. The attackers almost reached Srinagar. They even destroyed the electricity plant supplying electricity to Srinagar.

    As these intruders disobeyed the order of Pakistani Major-General Akbar Khan and lost two valuable days in looting, kiling and raping at Baramula, Sardar Patel forced Nehru to send Army. The Army was airlifted to Srinagar at the eleventh hour. The navigation was with the help of torchlight (in absence of electricity). In the first battle, 2nd Lt. Somnath Sharma of 1 Kumaon was martyred but 1 Kumaon saved the airport. Thereafter 1 Sikh under Lt. Col. Dewan Ranjit Rai and Major (later Lt. Gen.) Harbaux Singh took over and kicked out the Pakis (Battle of Shelateng). Rajouri and Poonch were saved by the martyrs like Jadunath Singh, Piru Singh of Rajputana Rifles , PVC (Posthumous) and PVC Karam Singh of Sikh Regiment.

    Again Nehru played spoilsport and took the matter to UN and this caused loss of 1/3rd of Kashmir valley. During this period, Mohandas Gandhi was very busy in fasting to force the Indian Government to give Pakistan Rs. 55 crores.

    I humbly request the initiator of this thread to study these important issues a little bit before raising threads.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #652523
    There were two more important persons who were associated with the integration of the States. They were Mr. V.P. Menon and Lord Mountbatten. Mr. Menon was the Secretary in the States Ministry. He was handpicked by Sardar Patel himself and persuaded him not to retire but join the States Ministry. Mr. Menon was the main person who negotiated with the rulers of Princely States on behalf of the Home Minister Sardar Patel. Whatever I am quoting here is from his book "The Story of the Integration of the Indian States". Mr.Menon was an Indian civil servant who was the Constitutional Adviser and Political Reforms Commissioner to the last three Viceroys during British rule in India. He was involved in the transfer of power and also the integration of the States of India.
    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #652524
    For those who have the interest to know about the issue you can go through these articles from the links given:-

  • #652528
    Twisting history is not a good thing and not in a good taste whether the ruling party or the opposition does it. Just for political gains, twisting history is a cheap tactics.

    Let us see the other side of this discussion. Sardar Patel was a great statesman and if not better he was equal in his convictions to Gandhi or Nehru. If he said something at that point of time it must had some weight which people might not have understood in the euphoria of new freedom.

    The statue of Sardar Patel is very well commensurate with his abilities and understandings of freedom movement and its consequences at that time and we must give respect and honour to him as well as his statue which is not only a national but a gigantic effort of remembering him on a global level.

    Opposition should take up bigger issues where Govt governance is a failure rather going for postmortem of what Patel said or did not utter. Wasting our time on such meaningless discussion will not be helpful to the both of the parties - the ruling one and the opposition.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #652533
    The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, tried to belittle the first Prime Minister of India Nehruji in the Parliament by saying something hypothetical. When such comments are made, the truth is to be ascertained. This thread is all about it. Sardar Patel was a practical man. He assessed the ground realities at the time of integration of Indian States and was not averse to Kashmir acceding to Pakistan considering the geographical and majority population. The same was made clear to Lord Mountbatten and it was conveyed by him to Mr.Jinnah. This is a fact which was ascertained by the people who closely worked with Sardar Patel at the time of integration of Indian States. How come Modiji say that had Sardar Patel been the Prime Minister at that time, entire Kashmir would have been with India? This is hypothetical and far from the truth. The occupation of a part of Kashmir happened before the ruler of Kashmir accepted accession to India.
    After obtaining the letter of accession, the Defense Committee of which Sardar Patel was also a member, met and decided that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir should be accepted, subject to the provision that a plebiscite would be held in the State when the law and. order situation allowed. It was further decided that an infantry battalion should be flown to Srinagar the next day. Even after this decision had been reached Lord Mountbatten and the three British Chiefs of Staff of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force pointed out the risks involved in the operation. Mr. Nehru asserted that the only alternative to sending troops would be to allow a massacre in Srinagar, which would be followed by a major communal holocaust in India. This clearly indicates the firm stand taken by Mr. Nehru in immediately airlifting the Armed Forces to Srinagar.
    It is unfortunate that some vested interests are trying to portray Mr. Nehru in a bad light. Instead of preaching sermons one should try to ascertain the truth. One need not demean others by false propaganda to glorify themselves.

    " Be Good and Do Good "

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