Former union minister and senior Congress leader, Prof Saifuddin Soz on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lack of knowledge on political history of India is pathetic, saying that he doesn’t know even the fundamental issues connected with the ‘Kashmir dispute’.
“Sometimes, I wonder how much can Modi know at this stage of his life,” Soz said, in a statement.
“While he goes on expressing his rhetoric, he forgets that his complete ignorance of the constitutional and political history of India had already landed him in difficulty. While he continues to sing praises of Sardar Patel and denouncing Nehru, he leaves nobody in doubt that his knowledge of all the three – Gandhi, Nehru and Patel is next to nothing!,” Soz said.
He said that it is so tragic that Modi maintains that Patel saved Kashmir from aggressors. “Let me tell him what a great expert on Kashmir Kuldip Nayar had said in this connection, ‘While it’s true that Nehru was keen on Kashmir’s accession to India, Patel was opposed to it. Patel argued with Nehru that as Kashmir was Muslim majority area, it should go to Pakistan. Even when New Delhi received the Maharaja’s request to accede to India, Patel had emphasized that India had already too much on its plate and it should not get mixed up with Kashmir’,” he said.
“PM Modi should also know what former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhre Muhammad Ali said in his book ‘The Emergence of Pakistan,” Sardar Patel, although a bitter enemy of Pakistan was a greater realist than Nehru. Patel once rebuked Liaquat Ali Khan in the Partition Council saying, ‘Why do you compare Junagadh with Kashmir? Talk of Hyderabad and Kashmir and we could reach an agreement’,” he said.“It is so tragic that PM Modi doesn’t know even the fundamental issues connected with the ‘Kashmir Dispute’,” Soz added.