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Maharaja Hari Singh’s role can’t be ignored

Cong leaders, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karan Singh, have recognised the contribution of Maharaja Hari Singh partially (news report Maharaja Hari Singh’s statue unveiled in Jammu, April 2). The main contribution of Hari Singh was his decision to accede Jammu and Kashmir State to India. It was his pragmatism that Jammu and Kashmir is still with India. Hari Singh unconditionally acceded his state to India and had not put any condition of plebiscite. The mess of plebiscite was created by the Government of India.

Before we put any blame on him for his delayed action in this regard, we must understand the prevailing political situation at that time. Just before the partition of the country, the Muslim National Conference in collaboration with Ahrar Party of undivided Punjab had launched a movement against Dogra rule. The National Conference headed by Sheikh Abdullah also fought against the Dogras. The All India Congress was openly on Abdullah’s side.

Under these circumstances, too much was expected from Hari Singh to immediately accede his state to India. Lord Mountbatten and Sardar Patel were not happy about Kashmir joining India. No Indian leader of consequence was asking Hari Singh to join the Indian union. Though he took the decision late, but the fact remains that without his signing the instrument of accession, the state of Jammu and Kashmir could not have been a part of India.

Hari Singh was shabbily treated by the Government of India. He was not allowed to enter his state and he died far away from his state. Before his death he had wished that his ashes be sprinkled in the streets of Jammu. When this was being done, people in Raghunath Bazar wept inconsolably. Now compare Hari Singh’s treatment with that of the Nizam of Hyderabad who fought against the government o India and after his defeat was made the ‘Rajparmukh’.

VP MEHTA, Chandigarh

Border politics

There was much speculation over the meeting between PM Manmohan Singh and President Asif Ali Zardari making way for any crucial talks ("Talks with Zardari", April 10). The President of Pakistan personally invited our Prime Minister to visit Pakistan for further trade talks who accepted the invitation despite being at the receiving end. It shows India’s positive attitude. This is a golden opportunity for both the countries to avail the chance to bridge the gap. Secondly, the Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari pressed for a revival of cricketing ties between the two neighbours.

I got a chance to visit Pakistan in 2003 on cricket visa. Like us, the people of Pakistan also want peace and good relations with us.



The editorial "Talks with Zardari", (April 10), sincerely suggests the way forward for two unfriendly neighbours.  Though PM Manmohan Singh has expressed his satisfaction on the April 8 talks yet no positive outcome could be sensed. The trade ties must improve between the two countries which will immensely benefit the people across the border. Talks on other difficult matters must continue. Pakistan must end the export of terror to Indian soil and punish all terrorists who have committed heinous crimes against humanity. It will be a very important step in normalising the sour relations and positive move towards peace in the region. Will Pak hand over 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to India?


Serious matter

The government must act seriously on the issues raised by Army chief VK Singh regarding shortfall of necessary ammunition, keeping in mind hostile neighbours like China and Pakistan having a hawk’s eye on our borders. The past experience forewarns us to be battle ready based on the ground reality. It is sad that some vested interests are making unreliable statements to sabotage the country’s defence-civil harmony, but the General’s view should in no case be under-estimated.


Development issues

The Tribune series on issues of development ‘Agenda 2012-17’ is a comprehensive analysis of the bad state of affairs in the state. The news analysis “To complete the picture, put in a doc" (April 6) rightly suggests that there is total lack of planning and the government feigns ignorance of the people's needs whether it is infrastructure, medicine purchase, staff employment, transfer policy of doctors and new development plans. The postings of the doctors are not as per the needs of the people but the preference of the doctors.


Do away with ‘village fright’ 

The urbanites must develop an affinity to work in villages and sacrifice comfort to serve in the villages. We have developed ‘village fright’ to the extent that people even surrender their promotions rather than serve in villages. Absenteeism in remote areas pushes the development process back to where it started from.

We are proud of our villagers for their contribution to the progress of India even without relishing the facilities of urban living. Statistics showing narrowing down of the rural-urban divide, declining rate of poverty in rural areas and increased budget allocation for rural India are encouraging (Jayshree Sengupta’s Tackling rural poverty, April 4).

AS ANAND, Ludhiana



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