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20 Nov, 9 tweets, 3 min read
NO! Indira Gandhi DID NOT support article 370 abrogation. Indira weakened India’s Kashmir claim on multiple occasions. While I don’t want to debate on anyone’s personal choice of glorifiying her as goddess Durga, my own choices of glorification can upset & rattle so many as well.
I will be keeping this thread to the point of Kashmir and Kashmir only. I am tempted to underline her contribution to weakening Hindus as well but that’s for another day. While I am at it, feminists glorify her for single handedly sterilising half of the nation. 😉

Indira Gandhi signed Indira-Sheikh accord in 1975. The act strengthened 370. It was more or less an appeasement to keep NC in her clutches. State will be continue to be governed by article 370
The accord further gave J&K legislative assembly powers to dilute or amend any law passed for the state by centre using article 370.
In her reply to the letter of Sheikh Abdullah she clearly maintained her Congress stand of ‘strenthening J&K’s constitution’. She felt that J&K needs to be treated as a ‘Special Case’
Sheikh Abdullah wrote back to Indira Gandhi highlighting that majority community in Kashmir would not be very happy with India not giving more rights to Kashmir. Please note that these letters formed basis of Indira Sheikh accord in which she conceded to all demands
In addition to these, a lot more was done by Indira Gandhi in Kashmir including rigging the elections to keep her mouthpieces in power. Sheikh Abdullah expresses his anger in one of the letters about the same.
In Conclusion, Indira was NOT anywhere close to any goddess in her deeds. Be it national security, her treatment of majority community & minuscule minority community as well.
One thing that I really love about Indira has been her PR team. Indira loved camera. She never missed any opportunity to be seen in foreign press. Congress spent so much on her PR & glorification with whole liberal institutionalisation of literature that anyone can fall for it.

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