Why did this partition take place at all? Who was/is responsible – Jinnah? The Congress party? Or the British? Jaswant Singh attempts to find an answer, his an. IN his controversial book Jinnah India — Parition — Independence, Jaswant Singh writes that, ‘Jinnah was potentially kind, but in behaviour. Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence is a book written by Jaswant Singh, a former Finance Minister of India and an External Affairs Minister, on Pakistan’s.
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Nov 26, Anil Swarup rated it really liked it. The first Round table conference ‘sharply highlighted Jinnah’s many dilemmas. In that book whenever the name of Jinnah came I felt a tickling going in my body which prodded me to read this book which was resting in my bookshelf for last five months. While comparing Jinnah with Gandhi, sijgh author quotes Hector Bolitho: Hence, perhaps the title of the book. Commissioned in the Indian Army when barely nineteen, he went through two wars whilst in service and before resigning his commission to pursue a political career.
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Jaswnt Jinnah was a constitutionalist, believing in being entirely legally correct in conduct, Gandhi took to non co-operation to protest unjust laws as well fight for freedom for the country. A hurt Jinnah gradually consolidated Xingh support and emerged as the primary spokesperson. Nov 14, Ashhar rated it really liked it. While doing so, the author also provides the socio-political context and the interplay of various personalities in British India. Of course when Jaswant Singh, who belonged to the BJP party an anti-Pakistan, staunch Hindu political partywrote about Jinnah he got everyone’s intrigue.
The book is actually quite jawant When this book was published, it created a massive controversy for Jaswant Singh, when the BJP leadership immediately sidelined him for writing a book assumed to glorify Jinnah. The book in the middle becomes a bit too detail and complex I guess the author wanted to capture every bit of event that happend in the last 5 years before Reading this books took me down the memory lane, when I was a student in college and had a pretty heavy subject of Pakistan Studies.
The author examines “How and why this ‘ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity’, the liberal constitutionalist, an Indian nationalist” went The book is more about India’s partition than about Jinnah.
As Jaswant Singh points out, many disturbing aspects of the two nation theory and the event of partition remain with us today. The political party landscape remains wracked with judicial complications and ongoing accountability pressures.
Just maybe, if he had lived longer, as also Mahatma Gandhi, our region could have been a different place. This is clearly indicative of the bias that has pervaded much of Indian history through the last decades.
How much better it would have been had the offer of the Cripps commission in to establish a united India as a Federation, reserving the right for states to get out after some time if their population so voted, than the vivisection along religious lines that so fractured the nation and let to eternal strife between the countries. To view it, click here. I would consider the desirability of retiring to a South Sea island where there would be some hope of meeting people who were intelligent enough or ignorant enough not to talk of the 14 points.
The book is meticulously researched, balanced and well written. Reading this books took me down the memory lane, when I was a student in college and had a pretty heavy subject of Pakistan Studies.
First few pages was very interesting but after that it became boring to ad nauseam. Such is indeed the dilemma of every honest person tenaciously clinging to his ideas in the face of unrelenting opposition. Thus, his kind of Islamic fundamentalism was just a tool to embarrass the Congress with Gandhi and Nehru in Particular by carving a seperate nation called Pakistan.
December 31, Economic direction? Jaswant Singh is not a good story teller.
In slngh end very interesting, even if poorly written with poor grammar and story line jumping about and references to things and events totally unknown. Until we do that, a minimum, a must, we will never be able to persuade peace to return. Gandhi would generally be honest, forthright and soft-spoken. The book starts with exploring the entry of Islam into India and this part is largely academic with no new information.
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Oct 09, Siby rated it it was amazing Shelves: He also had no love lost for the Muslims. This book is well worth a read since it is largely objective, though it is also boring in parts and could have been much crisper and a lot more readable.
Aug 18, Lucky Zm added it. But indeed once you go through the pages of this book you realize that the only man who till last time had some thought of preserving a united India was Jinnah.