Dr Abdul Ahad in his article, titled 'Kashmir amid propaganda' (GK dated 8th May 2015), brings out facts about Kashmir falling like a ripe fruit in the Indian lap.
The international conspiracy was so woven that even Jinnah, an astute politician, couldn't comprehend what was in store for Pakistan vis-a-vis kashmir.
Although formal partition plan was announced on 3rd June 1947 Gen. Auchinleck's May 1946 communication leaves no doubt that it was in British scheme to leave India in tatters after the circumstances forced their departure, against their wishes, from the subcontinent (refer Appendix at page 557, Jinnah – India-Partition, Independence by Jaswant Singh). Events that followed proved that Viceroy Lord Wavell was not in the loop.
Earlier in 1947 he had succeeded in bringing round Mr Jinnah to his A B C plan along-with Mahatma Gandhi on just the eve of partition, declared that partitioning subcontinent amounted to partition of a holy cow. Lord Wavell becoming a hurdle in the Imperial plan had to make way for Mountbatten barely a month before the partition plan was unfolded. Wavell protested at his removal, because as per laid down procedure a viceroy was required to be given six month notice before terminating him as viceroy in reply to the letter terminating his services to Atlee (reference page 555 Jaswant Singh book).
Thus making the way for a pliant Mountbatten, Radcliffe Award leaving a corridor for India into Kashmir on 16th August 1947, in gross violation of partition guide lines, dealt the final and decisive blow to Mr Jinnah calculations that Kashmir was a blank cheque in his pocket. As opposed to Jinnah making clash of personality with the mass leader Shaikh Abdullah foresightedness on part Nehru has to be appreciated in gaining the confidence of Shaikh Mohammad Abdullah when he planted a Trojan Horse in Prem Nath Bazaz in 1932 and Ram Chand Kak in 1947.
The former to break Muslim unity and latter to gain time through Standstill Agreement. Some light needs to be thrown on this. As per the partition plan of 3rd June 1947 the Maharaja had to decide before 14th August 47 to accede to either of the two newly constituted States. Isn't it for us to know where from the Maharaja of Kashmir drew powers to delay his decision beyond the designated date and why was that accepted by Pakistan?
Left to me I would, without any hesitation, connect it to India gaining time to the construction of Madhavpur-Lakhanpur bridge to sustain their sudden impending armed intervention all in league with Patel at least. This belief is further strengthened by Pakistan breaching the Standstill Agreement only after less than three months of its signing. The only inference one can draw is Pakistan coming to know about the completion of the bridge.
It is hoped the Indian leadership will read into the Western conspiracy and settle Kashmir dispute with Pakistan and people of Kashmir. Till then their dream of becoming world power will remain a pipe dream.