Cong asks Arundhati Roy to withdraw statement on J&K

A senior Congress leader asked noted writer and activist Arundhati Roy to withdraw her statement on Kashmir, saying it was "contrary to historical facts" and could mislead the nation and the international community.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 19:44 PM IST

Allahabad: A senior Congress leader on Monday
asked noted writer and activist Arundhati Roy to withdraw her
statement on Kashmir, saying it was "contrary to historical
facts" and could mislead the nation and the international
community.

Reacting to the comment made by the writer at a seminar
in Kashmir yesterday, AICC member Satya Prakash Malaviya said,
"It was really surprising to see such an irresponsible
statement from someone who is one of the country`s best-known
writers.

"She must withdraw her statement which is contrary to
historical facts and could mislead the nation as well as the
international community," he said.

The Booker Prize winning author had said "Kashmir has
never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact.
Even the Indian government has accepted this."

The former Union Minister said that Roy "would do better
to brush up her knowledge of history and know that the
princely state of Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to the Union
of India after its erstwhile ruler Maharaja Hari Singh duly
signed the Instrument of Accession on October 26, 1947.

"And the state, consequently has become as much an
integral part of India as all the other erstwhile princely
states have."

PTI