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Secretary General of the United Nations

"Kashmir has conquered our hearts and you, Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed, have contributed most to this conquest".

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Prime Minister of India

"Situations throw up a man to deal with them and the great Prime Minister of Kashmir, Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed  is a person who has undoubtedly shown quite remarkable qualities of organisation and leadership."

Mufti Mohammed Sayeed
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

"Bakshi Saheb distinguished himself with his political consistency and unshakeable faith in nationalism. Because of the assistance he provided to the poor he was also called Ghulam Mohammed 'Gandhi'. He truly deserved that title".

"Manchester Guardian" London

"The relations between Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed, Prime Minister of Kashmir and his people are unique in India. The people's familiarity is such that it can at times be embarrassing, indeed even dangerous.

There are no policemen, no bamboo enclosure, everyone can, like the beggar woman or the madman, cram nearer the platform, can indeed climb into it, as many do.

Perhaps the most striking feature of Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed's relations with his people is even more than his insistence on complete mixing, on having no guards, on allowing every village Tom, Dick and Harry to come and slap him on the back, on letting every woman pull his sleeve in her anxiety to present her petition.

Touring with the Premier of Kashmir requires a sturdy constitution and all round athletics, from knowing how to ride, swim and climb to the art of elbowing one's way out from an over-enthusiastic concourse of friendly and overpoweringly persistent welcomers.

His people think nothing of making him walk 5 additional miles because they want him to see something that is not on his programme. And Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed has to go, despite an old fractured leg ; his people will not take 'NO' for an answer. When one remembers that the Prime Minister of Kashmir tours his parish 3 days a week, for 17 hours a day, one will agree with the little boy who, after just an afternoon with Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed concluded "it is terrible to be Prime Minister".

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