प्रतीकात्मक तस्वीर

On May 6, 1948, Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru wrote a letter to the then Governor of West Bengal C. Rajagopalachari. After talking about the current situation of the country at the end of the letter he added that he was going for a holiday to Mashobara, Shimla between May 13 to May 17.

The Country was going through very tough phase

There he would spend some quiet time with Edwina and Mountbatten. Then from May 18 to May 23 he would be in Delhi and then would move to Mussoorie for two days. After that he would go to Ooty from May 31 to June 4. In 1948, the country was going through very tough phase. It is very strange to see his schedule for holidays in that trying times. Be reminded that, the country was going through the accession process of different states into the Indian state.

Prime minister Nehru on the issue of Kashmiri Pandits, but Nehru had no time to meet him

India was on war with Pakistan over Jammu & Kashmir. The then Defence minister Sardar Baldev Singh was asking for time to meet the Prime minister Nehru on the issue of Kashmiri Pandits, but Nehru had no time to meet him. Tasked with the integration of Indian states and kingdoms, Sardar Patel made his stand clear that Hyderabad has to merge to India. But Nizam refused to sign treaty of accession.

Luckily, we had Sardar Patel

It was Patel who managed to include the state of Hyderabad into India. In the popular mind, Sardar Patel is seen as responsible for the accession of Jammu & Kashmir, Junagadh and Hyderabad.

Luckily, we had Sardar Patel. He ensured the critical states’ accession into India. Had this responsibility lied with Nehru, there would have been a completely different scenario now in the country.

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