In 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh, the Dogra dynasty, then the master of Jammu and Kashmir, signed an agreement with India, known as the instrument of accession. As a result, the state became a member of the Indian Union, with the legislative powers of the Centre over the State limited to only three themes. This particular status was defined in the form of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Meanwhile, Pakistan interpreted the fact that the J-K silence agreements with India were pending as meaning that the state would eventually join Pakistan. At the time of independence, different parts of the Indian subcontinent were under different types of administrative arrangements. Mainly, there were two types of jurisdiction, the principalities, large and small, governed by princes and hereditary provinces that were directly under British administration. The British Raj had separate contracts and agreements with several princely states for a variety of objectives, such as the construction and maintenance of roads and power supply facilities, railways, communications equipment, including poles, telegraph and wireless, flights, taxes, currency and coins, external affairs, etc. With the expulsion of the British Raj, these contracts would be automatically cancelled. Thus, the new Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in agreement with the spring chamber (composed of the sovereigns of princes), has reached an agreement to ensure that these administrative arrangements remain unchanged (i.e.

deadlock) until the drafting of the new Constitution. Almost all princely states that had such treaties and agreements with the British Raj signed a status quo agreement with the Dominion of India membership instrument. However, the J-K status quo agreement was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh himself and for good reason. All the authors who comment on the events leading up to J-K`s accession to the Indian Dominion agree on one fact, namely the Prime Minister of J-K, Judge M.C. Mahajan[15] was in New Delhi on October 26, when Maharaja Hari Singh reportedly signed the IoA. There was probably no authority other than the Maharajah in Kashmir, who could sign the status quo agreement. In all five cases, the status quo agreements were signed by Shri V. P. Menon on behalf of the Indian Dominion. Readers may ask for the letter Maharaja Hari Singh allegedly sent to Lord Mountbatten with the signed IOA and the reply he sent back to the Maharaja. These documents, the existence of which is fortunately not at issue, are not included in the file containing the IoA and the status quo agreement. They appear to remain in the custody of the Union`s Ministry of the Interior.

The text of this correspondence is published in a document published by the political department of the Ministry of State. [16] He pointed out that if, after independence, India signed agreements with special states, one of the conditions was that the government would grant regular payments to former royal families, known as Privy wallets.