Many feel that if Sardar Patel the first home minister of India were given free hand to deal with Kashmir like any other Indian states he dealt with that time the present situation in Kashmir would not have arisen . Your views please?
On the diplomatic front what Patel could do with a free hand, Nehru or Krishna Menon also could do. In fact they all were consulting each other to take decisions.
The greatest folly was the delay in signing the instrument of Accession to India by the Maharaj Hari Singh. (The Maharaja was toying with the idea of an Independent country under his rule). By that time Pakistan had occupied much of Kashmir. A panick stricken Hari Singh hurriedly signed for accession to India and Nehru took the matter of Kashmir to UNO. Rest all is history.
a atrong hand was required