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National Conference's demand for restoring posts of Wazir-e-Azam & Sadar-e-Riyasat in #Kashmir is untenable. #India came dangerously close to accepting pre-1953 in 1995 when PM Narasimha Rao said Congress was willing to concede "anything short of azadi".
Narasimha Rao's offer to restore Jammu & #Kashmir pre-1953 status was surreptitiously made from Burkina Faso. Nobody got the sinister implications of "anything short of azadi" except LK Advani who raised a storm. Rao had to retreat. One of the many reasons why Rao hated Advani.
PV Narasimha Rao is least remembered for the enormous damage he inflicted by sucking up to America and letting Robin Raphel, Pakistani agent in Clinton Administration, walk all over him. It was she who was running #Kashmir affairs in alliance with jihadi separatists.
Ironically it was during Narasimha Rao era that bureaucracy fought a grand battle for #India through its special #Kashmir cell, marshalling the case against azadi and fighting the pernicious Clinton-Raphel doctrine tooth and nail. Credit for that goes to Home Minister SB Chavan.
Also, it was during Narasimha Rao years India nearly lost a crucial #UN vote on a #Kashmir resolution at Geneva. Situation was retrieved by AB Vajpayee backed up by Salman Khurshid and, in a tangential but important manner, Manmohan Singh. Point is, Narasimha Rao was no Phantom.
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