Time proved Nehru wrong even in his lifetime: Jitendra

\ New Delhi, Oct 28 (PTI) Questioning Jawaharlal Nehru\\’s\policies, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said if Sardar\Vallabhbhai Patel had been given a free hand to deal with\Jammu and Kashmir, as in case of other princely states, the\situation there would have been different.\ Delivering the 59th Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture here,\the Minister of State in the PMO said just as Nehru\\’s\\\"midnight arrival\\" heralded a new era for India, the \\"twilight\arrival\\" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi can also be described\as the beginning of a new era.\ Singh said Nehru, free India\\’s first Prime Minister,\believed that he knew Jammu and Kashmir better than Patel and\thought he should take care of it rather than the Home\Minister, who integrated over 560 other princely states into\the Indian union.\ \\"The common opinion is that the course of events would\have been different if Sardar Patel was given the liberty to\handle, like other (princely) states, Jammu and Kashmir as\well. Because Nehru believed that he knew Jammu and Kashmir\better than Sardar sahab and therefore he should take care of\it. And then going to UNO and all those things…,\\" he said.\ Noting that the UN resolution was not against the\accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India but Pakistan\\’s\aggression against the country, Singh said the document\itself became \\"infructuous\\" as one of its conditions was that\Pakistan also had to withdraw from the territory it had\occupied, something it refused to do.\ \\"Nevertheless it (UN resolution) gave rise to another\school of thought which said that Jammu and Kashmir was\something which could be discussed internationally and even at\the UN which I personally do not agree. We have no such issue\as Jammu and Kashmir,\\" he said.\ \\"It is an integral part of India, it always was. If at\all there is an issue it is how to free the part of Jammu and\Kashmir which continues to be under illegal occupation of\Pakistan,\\" he said.\ \\"I have no hesitation to say time unfortunately proved\Nehru wrong. The example of Pir Panjal and Hindi-Chini bhai\bhai…that experiment failed in his own lifetime and\unfortunately also weighed on him,\\" Singh said.\ About the non-aligned movement, Singh said, in less than\ten years of Nehru\\’s passing away, Indira Gandhi had to enter\into an accord with the Soviet Union because of the growing\threat from the US. Nehru was one of the founding leaders of\the NAM whose main objective was to build a grouping ofations which were not formally aligned to either the US or\the Soviet Union, the two major powers during the cold war.\MORE PTI MRJ NES SK\SK\


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