June 2017 News

Nehru Never Allowed Patel Free Hand To Handle Kashmir: Dr Jitendra

16 June 2017
Greater Kashmir

Muzaffarabad: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru never allowed Sardar Patel, the then Home Minister, a free hand to handle the State of Jammu and Kashmir in the same manner as Patel was handling the other states of the country. Dr Jitendra said this was the beginning of a series of infamous 'Nehruvian' blunders over Kashmir. He said, the history of Indian sub-continent would have been different if Sardar Patel had a free hand to handle Jammu and Kashmir in the same manner as he was handling the other erstwhile princely states. Addressing the inaugural session of 2-day conference organised by 'Global Counter Terrorism Council' (GCTC), on the theme of Indus Water Treaty and related issues, Dr Jitendra Singh alleged that the treaty signed by the then Prime Minister, Nehru during his visit to Karachi in 1960, was also not followed up in its true spirit. Lashing out those who talk of a settlement of the so-called Kashmir issue, Dr Jitendra strongly asserted that there is no such issue as Kashmir issue. He said, Jammu and Kashmir is as much as a state of Indian Union as any other state like Punjab, Bihar or Rajasthan. Dr Jitendra reiterated that if at all there is any issue pertaining to India and Pakistan in the context of Jammu and Kashmir, it is only as to how to retrieve back the part of Jammu and Kashmir (PAJK) as well as Gilgit, Balochistan which remain under illegal occupation of Pakistan even after 70 years of Independence. While Pakistan continues to fish in the troubled waters of Jhelum, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the separatists as well as the so-called mainstream Kashmir - centric politicians raised the bogey of separatism or so-called freedom only to push forward their vested agenda. He said, the people of Kashmir have now realised that these so-called Kashmir separatists are not even faithful to the freedom which they claimed to pursue. The youth of Kashmir, Dr Jitendra said, is globally connected and well informed. He is keen to be a part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and does not wish to be deprived of the opportunities available to youth in other parts of India.