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If Patel had handled Kashmir, history of India would have been different: Jitendra Singh

Guwahati| Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that the history of India would have been different if former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru would have allowed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to handle Jammu and Kashmir freely.

Jitendra Singh criticised Veteran Congress leader Saifuddin Soz’s statement where he said that the leader of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had offered Kashmir to Pakistan in exchange of Hyderabad.

“The truth is that Sardar Patel was kept out of the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, even though Patel was the Home Minister. If only PM Nehru would have allowed Home Minister Patel to handle the state with a free hand in the same manner in which he was handling other princely states of India, I am sure the history of the Indian subcontinent would have been different,” Singh told media.

“Part of Jammu and Kashmir which today is under illegal occupation of Pak would’ve been a part of India. It’s because Nehru believed that he knew Kashmir better than anyone else and therefore he didn’t even allow his Home Minister to handle it the way he was handling the other states,” Singh added.

Singh further added that “Nehru had a special affinity for (former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister) Sheikh Abdullah and therefore he got carried by the biases he was carrying.”

Former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz at the launch of his book titled Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle said, “Sardar Patel was a pragmatist and offered Kashmir to Liaquat Ali Khan (then Pak PM). He told him ‘don’t talk of Hyderabad, talk Kashmir; take Kashmir but don’t talk of Hyderabad’ as Khan was preparing for war and Patel wasn’t.”

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