When you think that a special provision was made for the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir or that you enjoy limited sovereignty, you do so in utter disregard of the historical circumstances under which the scheme of integration was forced in India by the British Government. I would beg of you not to take up an entirely legalistic stand. You are the Indian first and anything else next.

Even assuming that your interpretation of Article 370 is constitutionally correct, my appeal to you is to finalise the accession and agree to be governed by the Indian Constitution with such modifications, if any, as may be specially required for the welfare of the State and will not be harmful to the interest of India as a whole. My own view is that the Government of India should accept the decision of the Consembly on accession and close the matter.

The integrity of the State, should of course be maintained. What I, however, said was that in case the people of Jammu wanted full accession and the people of Kashmir wanted a loose integration, clash and conflict was inevitable. One possible solution might be to form Kashmir Valley into a separate State and give it whatever it wants for development. But let us drop this idea altogether and think in terms of united Jammu and Kashmir and find out how to consolidate it.

I have been unable to understand your refusal even to talk to the representatives of the Praja Parishad. I shall close this correspondence with deep regret that we could not come to an agreement in spite of the grave danger that lies ahead of us.

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