Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, inaugurated a month long exhibition on “India @ 70: The Jammu and Kashmir Saga” yesterday, organized by the National Archives of India, Ministry of Culture, on the occasion of it being 70 years since Jammu and Kashmir has been accessed to India. The exhibition is on till February 10, 2018 at the National Archives of India in Janpath, New Delhi.
Informing the gathering about the importance of this exhibition, Dr. Sharma said that it will help the Indian youth to understand how the various princely states were integrated into the Union of India. Spanning through the circumstances leading to the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to restoring peace in the state, the interactive Digital Exhibition depicts the tale of the Kashmir conflict by inviting the public to step through the passages of 1947-48 with original letters, telegrams, rare vintage photographs, documentaries, maps, soldiers’ maps, newspaper reports, books on Kashmir and archival rare documents pertaining to the Kashmir Imbroglio. For the first time, rare documents like The Treaty of Lahore, 11 March 1846, The Treaty of Amritsar, 16 March 1846, the Instrument of Accession, 27 October 1947, Standstill Agreement between the newly independent dominions of India and Pakistan and the Princely states of the British India prior to their integration in the new dominion, list of winners of Paramvir Chakra, Vir Chakra and their stories, the Jammu and Kashmir Story through Shankar’s eye are being brought out for public viewing.