Nehru’s ‘Historic Blunder’ Messed Up Kashmir : BJP

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BJP president Amit Shah Wednesday blamed first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru accusing him of having committed a “historic blunder” on Kashmir and criticised the then Congress leadership for the partition.

Referring to the declaration of truce when Pakistan-backed tribal raiders in 1948 were being repulsed in Kashmir, he said if such a decision was not made, the Jammu and Kashmir problem would not have existed today.

“Suddenly, without any reason….the reason is not known even today, truce was declared. Never has any leader of the country made such a historic blunder. If Jawaharlalji had not declared a ceasefire at that time, the Kashmir issue would not have existed,” Mr Shah said speaking at an event in the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) in New Delhi.

He claimed that this decision was taken to improve “one’s (Nehru’s) personal image,” and lamented that because of this a part of Kashmir is now with Pakistan.

The event was to commemorate Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, where Governor of Tripura Tathagata Roy gave a lecture.

In his lecture, Mr Roy also raised questions over the circumstances leading to Mr Mookerjee’s death in Kashmir in 1953 where he had gone to participate in a protest and raised questions about Pandit Nehru’s handling of the events and the decision not to conduct an inquiry into it.

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