Exclusive: For the First Time, a True Copy of Jammu & Kashmir’s Instrument of Accession PDF Print E-mail

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Sourced from the National Archives of India, The Wire presents a key document from India’s modern history

First page of Jammu and Kashmir’s Instrument of Accession. Second page of Jammu and Kashmir’s Instrument of Accession.

October 26, 2016 mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. On account of the troubled times that J&K has been passing through since July, there is little space for celebrating this event, but a sober commemoration of this historic moment is necessary. The Instrument of Accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh has become the object of a never-ending controversy, unlike similar accession instruments signed by other princely states. The author seeks to reinvigorate informed debate on this issue by placing a true copy of the signed accession instrument in the public domain. The copy was obtained from the National Archives of India. This article also critically examines some of the popular claims regarding this document by making a reference to other contemporaneous official records.

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