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 SHAIKH ABDULLAH, the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has landed himself by his tactless and ill-timed interview to the Foreign News Service of the Observer (London) in a most unenviable position. In his explanation, which presumably was demanded of him by the States Ministry, he has not only eaten his words, he has made himself look ridiculous. Tit1 does not deny that he talked of "independence1'—according to him "still a very charming idea": but on second thoughts he does not think it is "practicable". In all fairness to the British journalist who interviewed him, we must.

 SHAIKH ABDULLAH, the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has landed himself by his tactless and ill-timed interview to the Foreign News Service of the Observer (London) in a most unenviable position. In his explanation, which presumably was demanded of him by the States Ministry, he has not only eaten his words, he has made himself look ridiculous. Tit1 does not deny that he talked of "independence1'—according to him "still a very charming idea": but on second thoughts he does not think it is "practicable". In all fairness to the British journalist who interviewed him, we must. point out that in his earlier statement the Shaikh not only gave the impression that it was "practicable"; but. he also said that the independence should be guaranteed by India, Pakistan and the United Nations Obviously the Kashmir Prime Minister is not sure of his ground now that the time for holding the plebiscite is drawing near; hence these varying solutions. If so, he must make that clear to the powers that be. The Maharajah is reported to be interfering in the affairs of the Slate these days; if true, it must have contributed to the weakening of the Shaikh's position. That must be stopped: but on his part the Kashmir leader should not waver, especially at this juncture when firmness, loyalty and all the other attributes of statesmanship are needed supremely of him.

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