Chapter XIII – 1947

This chapter from my new book talks about Kashmir’s first hydroelectric power station at Mohra. It was here that Pathans invaded Kashmir from Uri District but spent too long looting and pillaging in Baramulla. On the way to Srinagar they doused the city lights by closing the power station. Here is a BBC clip of the area generally as it is now: Incidentally the short clip of the power station shows the inside of the 1960’s building, which is where Mohammed Sultan Thakur worked. Even today he is always pleased to show people round and feature in film clips such as this.

If it hadn’t been for that event Hari Singh might not have had time to sign the Instrument of Accession and persuade Nehru to fly in troops to Srinagar and so repel the invaders. Kashmir could have been very different today.