Swamy cited the example of Sardar Patel, who is also known as Iron Man of India, who successfully welded the most difficult task of the integration of over 500 princely states into the Indian Union.
He then said:
Swamy made the remarks while delivering a talk on ‘India in Global Economy’ during an event, organised by Delhi Study Group to felicitate the leader on his becoming a Rajya Sabha member.
Swamy had earlier accused India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of being “short-sighted” and “contributing immensely” to the Kashmir issue.
Nehru’s agreement to a plebiscite on Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to India was illogical as there were states with Hindu majority that went to Pakistan simply because their rulers signed agreements with the Pakistan government, he said.
Swamy said agreeing to a plebiscite in Kashmir was a mistake.
Swamy said the instrument of accession came into force after Pakistan was created out of India, and if creation of Pakistan was legal, then the legality of the instrument of accession cannot also be questioned.
This was strongly opposed by B.R. Ambedkar, chairman of the drafting committee of the constitution, Swamy said.