Not just Nehru’s call


With elections approaching, Amit Shah is back again at the Nehru-bashing game (News page, “Kashmir curbs only in certain minds,” Sept. 30), paying scant regard to facts. India’s first war with Pakistan in 1947-1948 went on for more than 14 months, much longer than the duration of the subsequent ones between the two nations. Jawaharlal Nehru had resisted intervention in Kashmir till the time Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession, by which time the tribal invaders backed by the Pakistan Army were already on the doorsteps of Srinagar. In spite of this late entry, the Indian armed forces were able to drive back the invaders till the present-day Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. But, the war was far from easy, given the mountainous heights, the wintry conditions and many other factors. India had hoped that taking the matter to the UN would help in getting the aggressor to vacate the territories illegally occupied by it. The decision to this effect was taken by the Union Cabinet that consisted of stalwarts like Sardar Patel, B.R. Ambedkar and Syama Prasad Mukherjee. To insinuate that Nehru took this decision on his own without consulting them is to insult these personages.

G.G. Menon,

Tripunithura, Kerala

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