The request was discussed on 25 October at a meeting of the Indian Defence Committee, led by Mountbatten, chaired by Nehru, Patel, Baldev Singh, Ministers without Portfolio Gopalaswami Ayyangar and the British Commanders-in-Chief of the Air Force, Air Force and Navy. The committee concluded that “the most immediate need was to rush the weapons and ammunition already requested by the Kashmir government, which would allow the local population of Srinagar to defend themselves against looters,” said Lt Gen. K.K. Nandas Book War with No Gains. I wanted to take the time to decide which Dominion I should join or whether it was in the best interests of the Dominions and my state to be independent, of course, with friendly and cordial relations with both. The modern history of Jammu and Kashmir begins with the Lahore contract signed by the British East India Company on March 9, 1846, after the end of the First Anglo-Sikh War, with the seven-year-old Sikh King Maharaja Duleep Singh Bahadur. Thanks to this treaty, the British came into possession of the territory, now known as Jammu and Kashmir. I went to the shelves at the end of the room, my shoes creaked on the extra smooth floor, butterflies floated in my belly. The J-K IoA was in a cream-colored folder at a corner of a shelf waiting to be retrieved. The last time I was so excited was a few days earlier, when I discovered a reference to this document in the index of 1,847 contracts and agreements transferred by the central government to the National Archives for Safe Conservation.  The Pakistani government challenged the accession on the grounds that it was fraudulent and that Singh was obliged to sign the agreement with India. So small technical equipment as a basis to question the authenticity of the J-K IoA, perhaps not to advance the debate, because the crash is visible in at least one other IoA of which I was able to obtain a copy of the National Archives.
In the Mysore IoA, for example, the acceptance date was first mentioned as the “ninth” day of August in black ink. Lord Mountbatten seems to have entered the correct date, namely the “sixteenth”, while adding his signature. The correction is done in green ink – the same color he used to sign his acceptance of every IoA I looked at. In the case of the status quo agreement with Mysore, the Tauan signed the signed portion of the Secretary of the States Department of the Dominion.