Maharaja Hari Singh Agreement With India

“The Prime Minister of Kashmir, Mr. Meherchand Mahajan, who came here today to discuss the situation with the Indian government, attended a high-level conference where he asked for the help of the Indian Dominion to deal with the threat to law and order in Kashmir,” the RPJ report continues. [21] The IoA text, signed by the 140 states, similar to that of J-K, was also submitted to Parliament. There were other models for the IoA of the small princely states, especially the lords of the small principalities of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. These IoAs, as well as the names of the member main states, were also submitted to the CA-L. The text of these IoAs is also included in the recording of the CA-L procedure of 19 November 1947. Former members of the CA-L had raised questions about the integration status of the princely states in the Dominion of India. On the same day, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made a statement on the events of J-K in the CA-L. Maharaja Hari Singh had not wanted to join either country, despite the insistence of both sides. While the state had a Hindu leader, many of its citizens were Muslims. And since the division was essentially a religious separation, many believed that the state should join Pakistan. Months after independence, Jammu and Kashmir faced a supply shortage despite a status quo agreement with Pakistan, thanks to the infiltration of “Afridis, plain-dressed soldiers and desperadoes with modern weapons.” The Defence Committee sent V.P. Menon, secretary of the Ministry of State, to Srinagar for an “on-site study” on the same day.

The next day, he returned to New Delhi with his impressions and offered to send troops to Kashmir, stressing the “supreme need to save Kashmir from looters.” As Your Excellency knows, the State of Jammu and Kashmir has not joined the Dominion of India and Pakistan. Geographically, my state is adjacent to the two Dominions. He has jvital economic and cultural ties with both. In addition, my state has a common border with the Soviet Republic and China. In their external relations, the Dominions of India and Pakistan cannot ignore this fact. However, the J-K status quo agreement was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh himself and for good reason. All the authors who comment on the events that led to J-K`s accession to the Indian Dominion agree on one fact, namely the Prime Minister of J-K, Justice M.