Chapter

Accession to India

A.G. Noorani

in Article 370

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198074083
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074083.003.0002
Accession to India

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This chapter presents extracts from the British Cabinet Mission’s statement on 16 May 1946; the Cabinet Mission’s memorandum on Indian states, treaties, and paramountcy; the Indian Independence Act of 1947; the Government of India Act, 1935, as adapted on 15 August 1947 by the India Order; and the white paper on Jammu and Kashmir, Government of India. The chapter also details the instrument of accession of the state of Jammu and Kashmir that was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh on 26 October 1947; Maharaja’s letter to the Governor-General of India, Lord Mountbatten, and the Governor-General’s letter in reply; Maharaja’s Emergency Administration Order on October 30, 1947 appointing Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah as the head of the administration; Maharaja’s proclamation on 5 March 1948 appointing a popular interim government; and the proclamation entrusting Yuvaraj Karan Singh with all the Maharaja’s powers on 9 June 1949.

Keywords: British Cabinet Mission; Indian Independence Act of 1947; Government of India Act of 1935; Jammu and Kashmir; Maharaja Hari Singh; Karan Singh; Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah; white paper; Emergency Administration Order

Chapter.  6672 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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