Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner were three states that were geographically contiguous to Pakistan. Realising their importance, Jinnah had approached Maharaja Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur with an irresistible offer. "You can fill in all your conditions" Jinnah told the the Maharaja handing him a signed blank sheet of paper. But Hanwant Singh wanted more time and returned home.

Meeting him a few days later, Lord Mountbatten explained to him that while there was no objection to his acceding to Pakistan, it would do him well to remember that his state was predominantly Hindu as were the states surrounding Jodhpur. Acceding to Pakistan, he reminded the Maharaja, might lead to communal trouble inside the state. The Maharaja seeking more favourable terms from India, told V.P.Menon that Jinnah was willing to abide by any conditions he had for acceding to Pakistan. Pulling out his revolver in the heat of the moment, he pointed it at Menon who remained unnerved. 'Don't indulge in such juvenile theatricals' Menon chided the Maharaja calmly urging him not to fall prey to false promises.

The Maharaja finally signed the Instrument of Accession in favour of India and Jodhpur was integrated into the Indian Union.

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Jodhpur, India
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