Thursday, June 18, 2015

WAS INFORMATION ON TRIBAL RAID IN KASHMIR FIRST GIVEN TO MAHARAJA HARI SINGH BY SOURCES OF KHAN ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN ?


                                                                                   

Maulana Azad with khan Abdul Ghaffar khan .
WAS INFORMATION ON TRIBAL RAID IN KASHMIR FIRST GIVEN TO MAHARAJA HARI SINGH BY SOURCES OF KHAN ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN ?
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I quote from Page 350 of the book “The shadow of the Great game , The untold story of India’s partition” by Narendra Singh Sarila ..
                                                                            



“Yunus ( Mohd Yunus , nephew of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan ) recounts that one day his uncle (Khan abdul Gaffar Khan) received a message from George Cunningham , Governor of NWFP, that one way to rehabilitate himself with Jinnah would be for Gaffar Khan to lead a tribal LASHKAR ( Militia ) ino Kashmir . Yunus says that he passed on the message to Pandit Brij Kishen Mohan , the teacher of Yuvraj karan singh( Son of maharaja Hari singh ) who conveyed it to Maharani .According to Yunus the Maharaja sent for him to get more details but prime Minister kak convinced Hari singh that Yunus was acting for the congress party and was trying to frighten him into acceding to INDIA, apart from releasing and making up with sheikh Mohd Abdullah . Much later ( 13th Dec 2002 ) when I enquired from Dr karan singh the veracity of the episode , he replied as under ,

I do recollect that such a message was passed on to Pt Brij Kishen Mohan and then to my mother who mentioned it to my father . If I remember correctly , Yunus and one of his cousins did call my father at the Ghulab Bhawan ( jammu ) although I am not sure what transpired in the meeting “

( Autar Mota )
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The author , Narindra Singh Sarila (Heir to the princely state of Sarila in central India) was also an ADC to lord Mountbatten. Sarila later joined IFS and served in various capacities till1985.He was India's ambassador to Spain,Brazil,Libya,Switzerland and France.

About this book ,Mark Tully writes 

"A meticulously researched ,highly readable, fascinating version of the last days of the Raj"



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