Karan Singh on accession of Kashmir to India
The history of the Indian sub- continent would have been "different" if the then Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir Hari Singh and Sheikh Abdullah had come to an agreement on the state, Karan Singh said on Monday.
New Delhi: The history of the Indian sub-
continent would have been "different" if the then Maharaja of
Jammu and Kashmir Hari Singh and Sheikh Abdullah had come to
an agreement on the state soon after accession, the former
ruler`s son Karan Singh said on Monday.
Karan Singh, who had become Sadr-i-Riyasat (President) of
Jammu and Kashmir after his father went to exile, said Hari
Singh had maintained a "dignified silence" over the events
that took place in late 1940s and his "one statement could
have deeply embarrassed the Indian government".
He said Hari Singh had agreed to go to exile after
signing the Instrument of Accession agreement with India and
Sheikh Abdullah wrote a letter to him saying that despite all
happenings "he would be a loyal subject" to him.
"Had Maharaja Hari Singh and Sheikh Abdullah been able to
come to an agreement, the whole history of the sub-continent
would have been different. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
My father was exiled and Sheikh Abdullah was dismissed (as
Prime Minister of J and K). I dismissed him. I have to admit,"
he said after releasing a book here.