If there would have been no Kashmir issue?

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that no power in the world can stop the government from resolving Kashmir issue needs to be heard clearly. He has sent out a chilling message to the terrorists and their supporters. The message is “You won’t be allowed to succeed. You nefarious designs will fail and India will come out victorious in Kashmir.” Home Minister has not minced words but said something straight from the heart. He went on to elaborate that BJP-led NDA government has given a free hand to Army to act against terrorists and give a befitting reply to any firing from across the border in Kashmir. He even went to the extent of saying that he has asked the Army to reply with bullets to Pakistani firings on the Kashmir border instead of showing the white flag.
Singh then went into the chapters of history and said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, country’s first Deputy Prime Minister who launched a Satyagrah during the British rule from Bardoli in 1928, been allowed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to act freely, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue. It is a historical fact that Sardar Patel got Junagad and Hyderabad to become part of the country. Had Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru not stopped him from also deciding the fate of Kashmir, then, I think, the Kashmir issue would not have been before us is what Singh said. Singh may be right in what he is saying about the historical facts related to but in Kashmir, things have not changed much on the ground. There is no doubt that separatists have been silenced, terrorists are being killed and that state government is working hard to improve the developmental scenario of the state. But people continue to be on streets and protesting. They are agitated for not being heard. Braid chopping has become a major issue with even ex-Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad jumping-in and seeking an early end to this new issue in Kashmir.
And in this scenario, when Union Home Minister reminds of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one is forced to agree that he would have settled it once and for all, had he been incharge of the happenings in Jammu and Kashmir. History bears testimony to the fact that the Kashmir issue was handled either by the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru or Gopalaswami Ayyangar. And by the time, Patel arrived on the scene; Kashmir had already been handed over to United Nations Office as a disputed territory. While the other princely states became a part of the nation, Kashmir was granted a special status by the then government. Patel disagreed but he was not heard. Governor of Kashmir was known as Sadr-E-Riyasat and the Chief Minister was given a special title of the prime minister. The state flag of Kashmir was also given an official recognition. Special restrictions were laid upon Indian citizens wishing to settle or get married in Kashmir. All these points were a part of the agreement signed by Jawaharlal Nehru after he had taken over this matter from the ministry of states.
All the special privileges demanded by Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah were given. History shows that none apart from the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru approved idea of Kashmir being given a special status. Historians write that Sardar Patel who was unaware of this article came to know about it for the first time in this meeting. In principle, he agreed with Kashmir being given a special status than other states, this was because of its physical and political features. One here is reminded of these words of Sardar Patel during a meeting. He said “Jammu and Kashmir now bears a special status because of the intervention of international forces and nomenclatures. Whatever provisions currently made or defined in the Constitution of India for the State of Jammu and Kashmir may stand as subject to change in future. At this critical juncture, we should take such decisions so as to boost the courage and confidence of the people of Jammu and Kashmir since it has already acceded to India. Simultaneously, the other states of India should also concur with the decision of granting the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir.”
Sardar had not heartily approved the contents draft that gave special status to Kashmir. But he had to for the sake of his Prime Minister. And the present Union Home Minister is right when he says that had Sardar been independent, he would have resolved Kashmir once and for all. He would have finished the issue, then and there. The BJP-led NDA government has the right approach towards the Kashmir issue but the government should work on the ground and ensure that all its policies and programmes are implemented. The sooner they do it, better it would be.

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