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Sardar Patel would have solved Kashmir: Meghalaya Guv

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Hailing India's first Deputy Ballavbhai Patel's contribution to the country, Governor on Thursday said Patel would have solved the 'dispute' had he become the country's first instead of

Roy, known for making controversial comments, claimed Patel was not allowed to work on the integration of the then princely state of and with free as the issue was exclusively handled by Nehru himself.

"When became independent, there were more than 500 princely states in the country. Most of them became a part of free on their own except a few," Roy said.

Patel was not allowed to intervene in the princely state of and as Nehru himself was dealing with it, Roy said at the unveiling of a book 'Ballavbhai Patel: A statesman Extraordinary'.

"Nehru didn't allow anyone else to intervene. As a result, Kashmir still remains to be a problem for India and would continue to be a for future generations of this country," he said.

Roy also criticised Nehru's role during China's attack on and said had India opposed the attack, it could have prevented the dispute with

"India played a supportive role towards when it attacked and captured Had India opposed it and taken the help of foreign powers in prohibiting from capturing Tibet, the country would have remained as a buffer state between India and China," he said.

About the controversy over the recent unveiling of the 182-meter tall in Gujarat, said to be the world's highest, Roy hailed it as a great move by to convey the leader his deserved respect.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:40 IST