Karan Singh (born 1931) was the son and heir of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last princely ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, and had a grandstand view of the dramatic developments of 1947: his father's reluctance to sign up to either India or Pakistan; the invasion of the princely state by Pakistani tribesmen; India's airlift to Srinagar to protect the Kashmiri capital from invaders once the state had acceded to India; and the mass mobilisation of Sheikh Abdullah's supporters, who at that time endorsed Kashmir's accession to India.
Karan Singh disapproved of his father's old style feudalism and was the constitutional regent/president/governor of the state from the age of eighteen for almost twenty years. He has been aligned with Indian National Congress and has served in the Indian Parliament and as a government minister. He is widely viewed as one of India's elder statesmen.
The audio of another interview with Karan Singh - also about the inception of the Kashmir crisis - will be posted here in due course.