Discussion in 'Balochistan - Freedom Struggle' started by Free Karma, Mar 28, 2015.
Did Nehru reject Baloch rulerâ€™s accession request?
I do not think indian leadership at time could support balochistian, as it isn't physically connected to indian border
this is yet another example of the total lack of strategic thinking of our first batch of
leaders ......... even today that is still our main problem or should we say opportunity ?
no country had prefect leadership but "our" Nehru sure takes the cake !!
If its true then I must say that it was a good decision...We could not have managed to support a territory that was not connected directly to mainland and having an enemy territory in between....also what happened in that region in the past & what is happening currently would have drawn us into unimaginable conflicts...a good subject for alternate history enthusiasts may be?
Isn't the NE connected to India by land that is barely 100km wide?
Also BD was part of pak so essentially NE was surrounded by enemy territory and even now BD isn't trust-worthy.
Add to that the Chinese are pretty close by (thrust from tri-junction of Bhutan-India-China) and cut-off access to NE.
And finally there is no sea access to NE.
Balocistan probably wouldn't have been part of India but a separate state maybe.
That 100 km width is sufficient for us to pass 6-lane highways, twin-electrified broad-gauge railway lines, electric pylons that connect NE to the national grid, fiber-optic cables, gas pipelines, and the convenience of not having to set foot on foreign soil/airspace to get to NE.
But unlike the East-West Pakistan situation, where Pakis had to pole-vault India by air or sail around the peninsula, holding Balochistan would have been easy for India. We could have sailed across from Gujarat coast to Balochistan in lower time than going over land, and our Navy would have secured a shipping route that would have choked Pakistan.
The reason I think Nehru declined Balochi request is because he had by then probably agreed that Balochistan would be Pakistan, to the British.
true if balouchi joined India it will have same fate as Bangladesh
Pakistan had no land link with Junagadh and Hyderabad and yet they intervened.
We could have accepted Kalat's accession just to have leverage over Pakis.
India does not have a land link with Lakshadweep or Andaman Nicobar Islands.
Talking about land link, both Amarkot and Khairpur in Sindh, had a land link with Rajasthan, but Nehru did nothing to get them.
And what could pak do in both the cases ??????? sit silently and saw the action on ground
about Lakshadweep pak navy visited their to claim as at time there was muslim population there but then indain navy had allready docked there ship and prevented any claim by paks
The point is that unlike a vast 1000 mile distance between West and East Pakistan, the land and sea distances are much lesser between Western India and Balochistan.
Any move towards Indian balochistan would swiftly see Indian armed forces moving swiftly to threaten Karachi (which was then the capital of Pakistan) and Lahore. It would also have provided solid leverage for India to force the Pakis to pull back from Kashmir in 1948.
Just imagine, having the ability to cutoff Paki access to coast with SWIFT, simple, coordinated maneuvres from East and West. Pakjab would be a landlocked country in no time.
caused delay, bloodshed (mostly Hindu), and both military and monetary costs. Junagadh Nawab fled with most of the state treasures, legitimately belonging to India and worth thousands of crores in todays money. Hyderabad lavished crores in aid to pakis, all state treasures belonging to the people.
What about Amarkot and Khairpur?
He made it and his family is still eating it
Even Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan did not want to join Pakistan and wanted to be with India.
Now check this map
Could they not be like East Pakistan where India was coming in between?
There would have been no Kashmir issue either, since the NWFP tribal were mustered to assist Pak Army to attack K.ashmir.
Nehru has no vision and he was to enamoured in himself!
Acceding Kalat with India was not a good idea.
Balochs are Iranian people, they don't think themselves culturally/racially connected even to Punjabi-Sindhi Muslims of Pakistan. It was good, not to accede it to India.
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