Amit Shah blames Nehru for Kashmir crisis, says ‘Hindu brothers’ can now live in Kashmir with dignity


Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday blamed India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the ongoing Kashmir crisis and held him responsible for the introduction of Article 370 and 35A. Addressing an election rally in Mumbai, Shah said that this was because Nehru kept the Kashmir portfolio to himself and not allocated it to the then Home Minister Sardar Patel.

Amit Shah

He said, “Sardar Patel worked hard to unite India and when Hyderabad and Junagarh (princely states) opposed, he used police force to achieve the objective. But Kashmir was not in his hand. The Kashmir issue was kept within his own office by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Sardar had 630 states under his responsibility and all of them integrated with India.. The only state that Jawaharlal Nehru handled failed to integrate.”

He said that the Indian troops chased away the Pakistani army, which had attacked Kashmir in the guise of local tribes soon after the independence but Nehru announced the ceasefire midway. “The Indian troops kept chasing the Pakistani forces but one day Jawaharlal Nehru announced a ceasefire.”

Shah said that ‘Pak occupied Kashmir would not be in existence’ had Nehru not announced the ceasefire. “We have the issue of Pak occupied Kashmir today because of that ceasefire.,” he said.

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Amit Shah also said that there was no truth in Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s claims that the BJP was using Article 370 for political gains. “The Congress sees politics behind Article 370 abrogation, we don’t see it that way… for us, it is a matter of nationalism,” he said.

Shah said that Hindu brothers could now live in Kashmir with dignity after the abrogation of Article 370.

Kashmir has been under a complete lockdown since 5 August when the Indian government abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. Mobile phone and internet services have remained suspended with residents facing severe restrictions due to a curfew-like situation across the valley.

Not too long ago, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai had said that she was deeply concerned about reports of brutalities against women by the Indian forces in the valley.




  1. To comment in reply to anything that has been said of late about the happenings in J & K requires the skilled user of language and the acrobatics of a monkey on a swing. These orators forget what they have said and upon whom they lay the blame, “what year, who did you say, about what oh, that!” If t were this entire show not so horribly tragic with the senseless loss of precious life, the desperation in trying to find upon whom to lay the blame, ways that flop and flop trying to enact a way to stop the senselessness of it all, it could border on the comedic! If you read carefully, you will see that the man of the hour forgets what it was and who it was he was chopping for evening dinner salad. Alas, it is the worse tragedy since the VietNam war and WWII. Will the valley ever recover, vastly more important will families ever heal? Think of the post traumatic stress not only those pulling the triggers will live with, but the lives of the liars who know that no one believes them “Oh, yes, the Valley is so close to being normal once again!” When has it been normal?….generations will come to experience their aging years without ever having truly enjoying peace…ever. Shame, Shame, Shame for what these men of the hour have brought upon the youth of their countries and burying their youg and old alike having only ever known war, death, guns, pellet injury blindness, and the list goes oo. Whoever you hold as your god and/or goddess, you can be assured that they are holding you, dangling your feet over the fires of hell waiting for that “let go” moment!


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