History has been unkind to Hari Singh: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that history has been unkind to Maharaja Hari Singh, the last princely ruler of Jammu & Kashmir.
Speaking as chief guest at the symposium to mark 70th Accession Day of Jammu and Kashmir organised jointly by India Foundation, JK Study Centre and Nehru Memorial Museum at Teen Murti Bhawan here today, Dr Jitendra Singh said, many facts of history have been misinterpreted as a result of which, not only Maharaja Hari Singh sometimes seems to appear in poor light, but certain facts related to Jammu & Kashmir have also got incorrectly recorded in the history.
Maroof Raza, Additional Editor ‘Times Now’ and Padmashri Jawaharlal Kaul, veteran scholar were the other two panelists at the symposium.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is an irony that we tend to get entrapped by agenda of debate set by others and begin to apologetically defend certain queries which do not hold any relevance.
Citing an example, he said, certain so called intellectuals, so called Kashmir experts and certain politicians with dubious leanings keep raising the bogey of Jammu & Kashmir having acceded to Indian union but the merger not having taken place.
Similarly, citing another example, Dr Jitendra Singh said,Maharaja Hari Singh was a patriotic Indian and it is wrong to state that he could have ever opted for an independent State which is also borne out by the fact that the India Act of Independence, which was commonly applicable to all the princely States, offered only two options, that of either going with India or with Pakistan.
Accusing successive generations of rulers after Hari Singh for putting Jammu & Kashmir on a retrograde path, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the State has been deprived of seeking, in-toto, the benefits available to other States of India, otherwise Srinagar today would have come up ahead of Hyderabad and Jammu ahead of Jalandhar.
To redeem the legacy of Hari Singh, Dr Jitendra Singh said,we must pledge to retrieve PoJK,Gilgit & Baltistan from Pakistan’s illegal occupation and restore the original territorial integrity of Jammu & Kashmir as it existed before 1947.

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