Jaswant decries Nehru for taking Kashmir to UN
22 April 2001
New Delhi: Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh on Saturday criticised India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's decision to take the Kashmir dispute with Pakistan to the United Nations in 1948 for resolution. "It was a crucial mistake to take the issue to the world body after convincingly defeating Pakistan in a war," Mr Singh said in a lecture on India's security and foreign policy. For decades, Pakistan has been demanding the implementation of the UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir to give the Kashmiri people a choice to stay with India or join Pakistan. "It is for this error in management of our defence concern and foreign policy that succeeding generations in India are paying a heavy price," Mr Singh said. The Foreign Minister also said that the root cause of militancy in several parts of India was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 in which the United States too got involved, leading to a civil war. Several afghan rebel groups took up arms to drive the Soviets out. They trained guns at each other for control of Afghanistan after the Russians pulled out of the country, he added.