Saturday, 4 February 2017

Kashmir and India's Commitments

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“If the people of Kashmir are in favour of opting for Pakistan, 
no power on earth can stop
them from doing so. They should be left free to
decide for themselves.” MAHATAMA
GANDHI Speech at Prayer Meeting, 26
October 1947 Complete Works of Mahatama
Gandhi, P. 413 and fn.1.

“.......But so far as the Government of India is
concerned, every assurance and international
commitment in regard to Kashmir stands.”          
 JAWAHARLAL NEHRU Statement in the
Indian Council of States, 18 May 1954.

1. “Our view which we have repeatedly made public is that the
question of accession in any disputed territory or State must be
decided in accordance with wishes of people and we adhere to this
view.” JAWAHARLAL NEHRU in telegram No. 402 dated 27
October 1947 to Prime Minister of Pakistan repeating telegram
addressed to Prime Minister of United Kingdom

2. “In regard to accession also, it has been made clear that this is
subject to reference to people of State and their decision.”
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU in telegram No. 413 dated 28 October
1947 addressed to Prime Minister of Pakistan

3. “Leave the decision regarding the future of this State to the
people of the State. It is not merely a promise to your Government but
also to the people of Kashmir and to the world.” JAWAHARLAL
NEHRU In telegram No. 25 dated 31 October 1947 addressed to
Prime Minister of Pakistan

4. “And let me make it clear that it has been our policy all along
that where there is a dispute about the accession of a state to either
Dominion, the accession must be made by the people of that state”.
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU Broadcast to the Nation: ‘All India
Radio’: 2 November 1947

5. “We have always right from the beginning accepted the idea of
the Kashmiri people deciding their fate by referendum or
plebiscite………” JAWAHARLAL NEHRU Statement at Press
Conference in London, 16 January 1951, The Statesman, 18
January 1951

6. “We had given our pledge to the people of Kashmir, and
subsequently to the United Nations; we stood by it and we stand by it
today. Let the people of Kashmir decide.” JAWAHARLAL
NEHRU Statement in the Indian Parliament, 12 February 1951

7. “We have taken the issue to the United Nations and given our
word of honour for a peaceful solution. As a great nation, we cannot
go back on it. We have left the question for final solution to the people
of Kashmir and we are determined to abide by their decision.”
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU Amrita Bazar Patrika, Calcutta, 2
January 1952

8. “If, after a proper plebiscite, the people of Kashmir said, 'We
do not want to be with India', we are committed to accept that. We will
accept it though it might pain us. We will not send any army against
them. We will accept that, however, hurt we might feel about it, we
will change the Constitution, if necessary.” JAWAHARLAL
NEHRU Statement in the Indian Parliament, 26 June 1952

9. “The most feasible method of ascertaining the wishes of the
people is by fair and impartial plebiscite.” JAWAHARLAL
NEHRU Joint press communiqué of the Prime Ministers of India
and Pakistan issued in Delhi after their meeting on 20 August 1953


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