If Nehru gave Sardar Patel free hand in J&K, situation would’ve been different: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

The Minister of State in the PMO said just as Nehru's "midnight arrival" heralded a new era for India, the "twilight arrival" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi can also be described as the beginning of a new era.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 7:22 pm
New Delhi: Minister of State at PMO Jitendra Singh paying tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore looks on at Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2016 on “Cooperative Federalism: Reconciling Regional Aspirations and National Cohesion" in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI10_28_2016_000048B) Minister of State at PMO Jitendra Singh paying tribute, with Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, at Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2016 in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Questioning Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies, Union Minister Jitendra Singh Friday said if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had been given a free hand to deal with Jammu and Kashmir, as in case of other princely states, the situation there would have been different. Delivering the 59th Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture here, the Minister of State in the PMO said just as Nehru’s “midnight arrival” heralded a new era for India, the “twilight arrival” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi can also be described as the beginning of a new era.

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Singh said Nehru, free India’s first Prime Minister, believed that he knew Jammu and Kashmir better than Patel and thought he should take care of it rather than the Home Minister, who integrated over 560 other princely states into the Indian union.

“The common opinion is that the course of events would have been different if Sardar Patel was given the liberty to handle, like other (princely) states, Jammu and Kashmir as well. Because Nehru believed that he knew Jammu and Kashmir better than Sardar sahab and therefore he should take care of it. And then going to UNO and all those things…,” he said.

Noting that the UN resolution was not against the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India but Pakistan’s aggression against the country, Singh said the document itself became “infructuous” as one of its conditions was that Pakistan also had to withdraw from the territory it had occupied, something it refused to do.

“Nevertheless it (UN resolution) gave rise to another school of thought which said that Jammu and Kashmir was something which could be discussed internationally and even at the UN which I personally do not agree. We have no such issue as Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“It is an integral part of India, it always was. If at all there is an issue it is how to free the part of Jammu and Kashmir which continues to be under illegal occupation of Pakistan,” he said.

“I have no hesitation to say time unfortunately proved Nehru wrong. The example of Pir Panjal and Hindi-Chini bhai bhai…that experiment failed in his own lifetime and unfortunately also weighed on him,” Singh said.

About the non-aligned movement, Singh said, in less than ten years of Nehru’s passing away, Indira Gandhi had to enter into an accord with the Soviet Union because of the growing threat from the US. Nehru was one of the founding leaders of the NAM whose main objective was to build a grouping of nations which were not formally aligned to either the US or the Soviet Union, the two major powers during the cold war.

Claiming Nehru was more English than an Englishman, Singh said,” It is for the first time in the history of independent India that Modi is being hailed as a Prime Minister from India, as India’s Prime Minister, an Indian Prime Minister and that is something of a big achievement. Also, it is a reflection of coming of age of Indian democracy.”

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also spoke.

Describing Patel as the father of ‘Swachhata Abhiyan’, Rathore said the country’s first Home Minister “saved and re-established” India’s hold over Kashmir by organising an army which pushed backed the Pakistani tribesmen who wanted to capture it.

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    Khushminder
    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm
    Modi has free hand. let him sort it now. with only on Sikh bn it was not possible. Now you have one Corps plus. let RajNath and Modi solve this.
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      Trun
      Oct 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm
      Leaders don't crib about past for their failures.
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        Ram
        Oct 29, 2016 at 4:29 am
        Kshmir is with India even if 97% potion is muslim this is because of hi and Patel not because of half chaddis
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          SubbuI
          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:40 am
          THESE SANGHI IMPOTENTS ARE NOT CAPABLE OF SOLVING ATLEAST THE UNREST IN KASHMIR NOW AS USUAL BLAMING THE GREAT STATESMAN AND OUR FIRST PM SRI NEHRU--lt;br/gt;"NACH NA GANE, ANGAN THEDAlt;br/gt;MUV NA SUNDAR SHEESA THODA"
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            John
            Oct 29, 2016 at 11:17 am
            Agreed. But what did ur government do in Kargil?? Stop being a whiner, tell us what u will do? And when u will do? People will take care of Nehru and judge his legacy.
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              Anil Bharali
              Oct 29, 2016 at 1:46 am
              How colonial slaves can solve a problem set by their colonial Master ! it is historically not right to expect so .with the blessing of its Imperial Master they are in power.
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                Anil Bharali
                Oct 29, 2016 at 1:46 am
                How colonial slaves can solve a problem set by their colonial Master ! it is historically not right to expect so .with the blessing of its Imperial Master they are in power.
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                  Barb Dewyre
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm
                  By the way, are you still making Sardar Patel's statue in China?
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                    Barb Dewyre
                    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm
                    Jitendra Singh, you guys have a free hand and what have you done? You guys stay in power for a hundred years, you will still keep cribbing about Nehru, Sonia, Rahul, Muslims, Dalits, Manmohan Singh.......lt;br/gt;If Sardar Patel really had his way he would have banned RSS once and tor all. Go read history!
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                      Barb Dewyre
                      Oct 28, 2016 at 10:46 pm
                      What happened to your Chacha Modi's "Make in India" programme? On one hand you ask the average citizen not to buy Chinese products and on the other hand you get the statues of your flavour of the day freedom fighters made in China.
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                        bng
                        Oct 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm
                        Yes. I would somewhat agree with that statement.
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                          Christopher George
                          Oct 28, 2016 at 9:03 pm
                          Many of these guys are still living in the PAST. What has happened has happened. Either the actions brought good results, or it helps us now to take right actions. Of course situation would have been different, if Sardar Patel had a free hand or if Sardar Patel was the PM. But the fact is that he was neither.,
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                            Sunil Sharma
                            Oct 29, 2016 at 11:31 am
                            ANOTHER COOK AND BULL STORIES FROM BJP . What did Vajpai and Advani do in 1999 Lost 1/3 of Kargil to stan while sleeping on the JOB, The AI Hijacking PROVES BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that the bjp with all the Big Noise does very little .lt;br/gt;Hai Ram Vajpai lost the Election because of modi misdeed in Gujurat. History will repeat it self WATCH Election 2017 and 2019 an UTTER FAILURE.lt;br/gt;Hai Ram ONLY MRS INDIRA HIJI COULD KICK STANI POLITICIAN AND ARMY
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                              Sunil Sharma
                              Oct 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
                              FOR YOUR INFORMATION It was our dear brave and cool MADE IN INDIA STEEL Mrs INDIRA HIJI WAS VERY STRONG MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY was the BEST PM and upto her job as PM. lt;br/gt;She TOOK A FIRM DECISION to kick stan out of East ztan Liberated it and created Sona Bangla " Bangla Desh" EVERY THING IS QUITE ON THE EASTERN FRONT NO TROUBLE FOR THE INDIA OR ITS ARMY.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;WHERE WAS Vajpai, Sardar Patel, Advani( Brave darpook lion) Rajnath Singh , Dr N Modi the "SURGEON" and his Great istant Surgeon Amit Shah during the times in 1971 when Mrs Indira hiji order the BRAVE INDIA ARMY TO ATTACK and take over Bangala Desh, General Manekshaw , who was later made Field Marshal led the Indian Army and captured East stan and 91,000 Officers Soldiers and High ranking stani Officers and Soldiers Even STANI GENERALS.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mrs Indira hiji DID NOT blow "her TRUMPET,s" BUT MADE SURE THERE WAS NO MORE TROUBLE FROM EAST STAN ONCE FOR ALL.lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;THIS IS ALL: FORGOTTEN BY MODIJI ????????!!!!!!!!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;WE ALL SALUTE MRS INDIRA HIJI . Wonder when our darpooks will be able to recapture the Land lost to stan in 1999 in Kargil Thanks to Vajpai ????lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;HOPE Modi can send his force to CAPTURE part of our MOTHER LAND LOST TO STANI . OR EVEN STOP THE CONSTANT ATTACKS ON INDIA BY STANI TERRORISTS ON A DAILY BASES.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;JAI BHARAT MATA JAI INDIRA HIJI JAI JAWAN NO MORE FALSE RUMORS by bjp and gang
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                                Sunil Sharma
                                Oct 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                                THE GOI MUST Include two chapters included in our school books about the 1971 Bangla desh war and liberation of East stan and the creation of a new Country Sona Bangla " Bangla desh" .lt;br/gt;The second chapter should include the Part of Kargil in the Kargil war during Vapjai tenure as PM and the AI Hijacking miss handing by our ' Brave heart ADVANIJI and setting FREE one of the "BIGGEST " Terrorist and is now creating more trouble for Bharat.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; JUST LIKE HE INCLUDED "Hitler" his mentor in school books in Gujurat and praising the extermination of jews by his "BOSS" Hitler.lt;br/gt;HI RAM RAM . LET THE COMMON MAN DECIDE IF Modiji could achieve even 1% lt;br/gt;what Mrs Indira hiji Achieve in 1971 and WINNING A WAR.
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                                  Dr Kanayalal
                                  Oct 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                                  Jatendra Ji who is stopping now you. You have a free hand.
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                                    INDIENKENENR
                                    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:58 pm
                                    Here is my 2 cents bitlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Get the 3 separatists out into Lal Chowklt;br/gt;Before invited audiencelt;br/gt;Read aloud to them the riot act: no Azadi, autonomy yeslt;br/gt;Now if they see reason, garland themlt;br/gt;If they don't, give them 15 minutes to do a rethinklt;br/gt;If they still sing Azadi and want to burn schools, shoot them on the spot- dead!lt;br/gt;And conclude the ceremony so: come on!
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                                      Sreenivasan
                                      Oct 29, 2016 at 7:23 am
                                      If Nehru was not born in India, the country would have been much better, because in such a scenario RSS leader Sardar Patel would have been the PM of the country when the British said good-bye to this land because they were scared of RSS. If Mahatma hi was the RSS leader, he would have never left to UK and then Africa but worked till death only in India cleaning the public offices and roads wearing a Clean India cap on his head. These are all ifs and buts. Poor BJP ministers, they have nothing else to speak about. If they were born before Ram..... they always set their thinking on such lines.
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                                        mohan
                                        Oct 29, 2016 at 3:12 am
                                        Almost all our problems owe their genisis to the bers committed by nehruandhis family.Say it kashmir,retention of muslims in india after parion when the country was divided on the basis of religion,poverty for the removal of which only lip service was made,growth in potion,border problem with china,loss of 40,000 sq,miles of territoryandso on.Can any one deny the aforesaid?Countrymen I have seen and met most of the leaders who took control reigns of office post independence,I could perceive that nehru was the most impractical person andhe had no idea of the problems facing the country.He was more an english man than english men are.He called Lal Bahadur Shastri as half civilized because shastriji used to wear dhoti.A single instance gives an insight of the charactethinking of the man.Countrymen wait for some time .Things are going to change.
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                                          Manish
                                          Oct 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm
                                          So What?
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                                            GVG
                                            Oct 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm
                                            These lies are utter insult to the nation. Modi govt should not indulge into petty politics such as this, you cannot it to hide your failures..
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