Patel told Madhok, ‘I can do nothing. Jawaharlal has kept Jammu and Kashmir under his direct charge.’


The fire of radical Islamism, which is burning Kashmir, does not believe in the territorial integrity of a non-Muslim secular country like India. And stoking this inferno are the likes of Saifuddin Soz, who with his irresponsible, nay well calibrated pernicious statements, is openly playing into the hands of the jihadist Pakistan and Pervez Musharraf, the butcher of Kargil. As part of a diabolical plot against India, these fifth columnists are deliberately making false and misleading statements on Kashmir in the name of Sardar Patel, thereby raising doubts about Kashmir’s very accession to India.

To claim that Sardar Patel wanted Jammu and Kashmir to be given away to Pakistan is hogwash. Nothing could be further from truth than this bluff. This would have been strongly refuted by Prof Balraj Madhok, who had personally met both Sardar Patel and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in March 1948 to discuss the Kashmir problem and apprise them of the situation there.

Prof Madhok’s autobiographical account of these two meetings with Prime Minister Nehru and Home Minister Sardar Patel is an eye-opener. As founder-secretary of Jammu Praja Parishad, he met Sardar Patel on 8 March 1948, at his residence in New Delhi to voice his concerns about the communal and anti-national policies of Sheikh Abdullah. After hearing him patiently for about half an hour without any reaction or comment, Sardar Patel gave a short reply: “You are trying to convince a convinced man. But I can do nothing. Jawaharlal has kept Jammu and Kashmir under his direct charge. You meet him. I will ask him to give you appointment.”

Disappointed by the reply, he implored that the people of Jammu looked to him for relief and redress. Abdullah was riding roughshod over the interests and aspirations of the people and wider interests of the country as a whole. He must do something about it. Sardar Patel’s firm reply was: “I know your problem. If, and when, the matter is entrusted to me, I will set things right in one month. But just now, I am not in a position to do anything. You meet Jawaharlal and explain the situation to him.”

Prof Madhok met Jawaharlal Nehru in the latter’s South Block office on 10 March. When told that Sheikh Abdullah was concerned only with Kashmir valley and that his policies were harming the interests of not only Jammu and other regions of the state, but also the wider interest of India as a whole, Nehru remarked: “How can he do that?” And added in Hindi, “We have done so much for him. We have saved him and put him in power. I will be surprised if he behaves in the way you are telling. It cannot happen.”

“The contrast between the two leaders was glaring. While Sardar Patel displayed sympathetic understanding of the Kashmir problem, Pt. Nehru’s approach was dismissive”, wrote Prof Madhok who, being the man on the ground, knew Jammu and Kashmir like the back of the palm of his hand. He was the first to demand the state’s re-ogranisation into Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir valley to meet the socio-economic needs and cultural aspirations of the people.

Born in Askardu on 25 February 1920 and educated in Srinagar and Jammu, Prof Madhok was a key witness and an active player in the Kashmir drama as it unfolded before its accession to India at the time of partition. He was the one on whom Maharaja Hari Singh entrusted the job of defending the state. His meeting with the Maharaja at the Gupkar Palace in the dead of the night of 23 October 1947, where he was briefed about the prevailing situation and asked to defend Srinagar in which over one lakh Hindus lived, till the Indian Army reached there, is a historical fact.

According to Prof Madhok, who had been persistently writing on Kashmir from 1946 to 2016, “knowledge of radical Islam, Pakistan and Kashmiri mindset are essential to understand the Kashmir imbroglio. The issue of Kashmir is an existential problem for Pakistan founded on the two-nation theory. It is, therefore, unthinkable for Pakistan to let the Muslim majority Kashmir Valley remain with India. Being an Islamic State, it is not bound to honour any agreement with a non-Islamic State. In Jihad, which is a state policy of Pakistan against infidel India, it is ‘sabaab’ to kill enemy (non-believer) who is ‘always met and destroyed inside his own territory’.” This is explained by Pakistani Brigadier S.K. Malik in his book, The Quranic Concept of War, which says: “Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is an end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent’s heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decisions upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to ‘impose’ upon him.” This further explains the dismal failure of the unilateral ceasefire during Ramzan.

As regards Kashmiris, with the temporary Article 370 still hanging around, they are given to believe that the fate of Kashmir is yet to be settled. Separatists in the valley and their sympathisers across the political spectrum are fishing in troubled waters. They are also toeing more or less the same line and aiding and abetting the jihadi elements.

Replies to “Kashmir: If Patel had his way…”

  1. Now it’s confirmed that Nehru handled the J&K issue himself and didn’t allow Patel to settle. In the 15 years that he governed, leave aside a permanent settlement, he messed up the entire issue with UN reference inspite of opposition of all, Insertion of Article 370 inspite of opposition of Dr Ambedkar, making Farooq Abdullah the political head. In 1971 his daughter Indira got a chance. But she too deliberately messed it up by inserting ‘mutual discussion’ clause in Shimla Accord. Either both were grossly incompetent or they were intentiinal in messing up J&K. So the rumors about Nehru’s origin really appears to be true, supported by Natwar Singh’s observation about Indira’s visit to Babur’s tomb. Bharat was under the veiled custody of wrong people/non-patriots after the British were driven out, making it truely a transfer of power coupled with division of geographical territory. Truth must come out soon.

    1. Messing up of Islamic agenda in Kashmir can never be understood by Congress who were devoid of Bharatiya Culture and the philosophy of Hindutva.

  2. The article 370 actually feeds the ambiguity bequeathed by the politics of Nehru and it is sustained by the mindset of the majority Muslims who killed, burned, destroyed in favour of partition and afterwards receded into the “majoritarian” mass as the vote bank. Sooner or later India would have to do away with the art. 370. The sooner the better. It ought to be part of the manifesto of the BJP for the next election. The quote of Prof. Balraj Madhok is still valid and will remain valid for ever: it is the right reading and understanding of the specific mindset of the Muslim. Even if every member of the majoritarian – a horrid word used, since some time, by journalists, to designate the Hindus – community were a clone of the Mahatma, the vote bank Muslim’s heart would still beat in unison with the violent Pakistani’s. It is germane to grasp the sentiment of the Kashmiri stone thrower and of the separatist to remember that in the 1930s Maulana Muhammad Ali said that the worst Musalman was better than Mahatma Gandhi. Why would Nehru not have noticed such a statement?

  3. The greatest damage to our motherland was the appointment of Nehru the Muslim as the P.M of India. He wrecked ruined and looted Our mother to start with and it has now been followed by his entire family. Kashmir and its herculean problems are a parting gift of a venereal diseased sick minded person without a direction. A pity we lost The Sardar so early after independence allowing robbers wasters and sickulars to destroy our motherland . Our only hope in addition To Modiji lies with Dr Swamy in the pending cases at S.C. I offer my prayers for His success to bring peace to our motherland and also to The immortal Sardar.

  4. Leave Kashmir Muslims even Muslims in Rest of India have not Changed.They ignored Sardar Vallbhai Patel ‘s Advice not to Raid on 2 Horses and questioned Muslims who Vigorously and Rigorously Fought for Pakistan and stayed back in India after Partition.He asked the Reason for Chnage of Their Hearts Overnight. In 1947 itself had Jammu and Ladakh remained inIndia and Kashmir Valley wa sgiven to Pakisatn that would have been somehow better.ButNow Indiacan not forgo Kashmir under any Circumstances.

  5. The more we read about Kashmir,the more horrendous blunders committed by a character called ” Pandit”Nehru surface.Madhuri Madhok is right.Its a war between Islam & State of India.There is nothing called Kasmiriyat.Only time will tell how long this battle will go on.

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