Amit Shah accused Jawaharlal Nehru of making “two major blunders” by bringing the Kashmir issue before the UN and calling for a ceasefire in the war with Pakistan. One day after Amit Shah attributed mistakes on Kashmir to the nation’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Congressman Rahul Gandhi claimed that the home minister had a “habit of rewriting history.” “Pandit Nehru gave his life for India, he was in jail for years. Amit Shah is unaware of history. I cannot expect him to know history, he has the habit of rewriting it,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters outside parliament today. “It is just a way of distracting people from real issues,” added Rahul Gandhi.
Amit Shah accused Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation’s first prime minister, of making mistakes regarding Kashmir the day before, and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said the Home Minister had a “habit of rewriting history.” “Pandit Nehru spent years in prison after giving his life in defense of India. Amit Shah has no knowledge of the past. Because of his tendency to rewrite history, I cannot expect him to know it,” Rahul Gandhi said to reporters outside the parliament today.
“It is just a way of distracting people from real issues,” added Rahul Gandhi. Jawaharlal Nehru was accused by Amit Shah of making “two major blunders” when he announced a ceasefire in the war with Pakistan and brought the Kashmir issue before the United Nations, just hours after the Supreme Court upheld the Center’s decision to remove Article 370 and end special status to Jammu and Kashmir four years ago.
“If there was no untimely ceasefire (during the war with Pakistan), there wouldn’t have been a PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). Our country was winning, had he (Nehru) waited for two days, the entire Kashmir would have been ours,” stated Amit Shah.
“People say if not for Nehru, there would have been no Kashmir. People who know history, I want to ask them, Hyderabad faced a bigger problem, did Nehru go there? Did Nehru go to Lakshadweep, Junagarh or Jodhpur? He only used to go to Kashmir and even there he left the job unfinished,” Amit Shah mentioned. Amit Shah, who was the one to announce in 2019 the revocation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, claimed that the court’s decision validated the government’s position. According to the minister, the government’s efforts to integrate Jammu and Kashmir have improved people’s quality of life.
Article 370, he claimed, had “led to separatism” in Jammu and Kashmir. “There are other states with more Muslim population than Kashmir. Then why only J&K was suffering from terrorism? It was because Article 370 led to separatism,” Mr Shah stated, mentioning that the Supreme Court stated in its ruling that the Article was only intended to facilitate Jammu and Kashmir’s integration into India and was therefore temporary in nature. Manish Tewari, a Congress MP, characterised Amit Shah’s criticism of Jawaharlal Nehru as “absolutely erroneous”. “Ceasefire happened because the then government was advised by the commander-in-chief of the Indian Army General Roy Bucher which was inevitable,” news agency PTI quoted.