When Nehru directed Sheikh Abdullah to
consult Ambedkar (then Law Minister) to prepare the
draft of a suitable article to be included in the
Constitution, Ambedkar refused to oblige.
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His words on
the occasion are worth their weight in gold: “You want
India to defend Kashmir, feed its people, undertake
its all-round development and give Kashmiris equal
rights all over the country. But you do not want the
rest of India and Indians (to have) equal rights in
Kashmir. I am (the) Law Minister of India, I cannot
betray my country.”
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Given Ambedkar’s principled stand,

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Article 370 was drafted by Gopalaswami Iyengar, a
State Minister.
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