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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?

Asked by Good Citizen, 04 Aug '10 03:37 pm
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Kashmir issue was far bigger in dimension than what Sardar Patel could have handled even if given a free hand. In Hyderabad Nizam was a weak opponent in comparison to Pakistan. Afterall Patel would have to rely on Indian Army to fight the Pakistani Army. Both armies were almost equal in men and eqpt.
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.
Answered by QueSera Sera, 04 Aug '10 03:46 pm

 
  
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Yes , it is obvious from the following When the Pakistani invasion of Kashmir began in September 1947, Patel immediately wanted to send troops into Kashmir. But agreeing with Nehru and Mountbatten, he waited till Kashmir's monarch had acceded to India. Patel then oversaw India's military operations to secure Srinagar, the Baramulla Pass and the forces retrieved a lot of territory from the invaders. Patel, along with Defence Minister Baldev Singh administered the entire military effort, arranging for troops from different parts of India to be rushed to Kashmir and for a major military road connecting Srinagar to Pathankot be built in 6 months. Patel strongly advised Nehru against going for arbitration to the United Nations, insisting that Pakistan had been wrong to support the invasion and the accession to India was valid. He did not want foreign interference in a bilateral affair. Patel opposed the release of Rs. 55 crores to the Government of Pakistan, convinced that the money would g ...more
Answered by venkatesaldevarajan, 04 Aug '10 03:54 pm

 
  
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Yes
a atrong hand was required
Answered by anil garg, 08 Sep '10 01:39 am

 
  
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