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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The partition of India,some call it vivisection as Gandhi had, has without doubt been the most wounding trauma of the twentieth century. It has seared the psyche of four plus generations of this subcontinent. Why did this partition take place at all? Jaswant Singh attempts to find an answer, his an. Jaswant Singh attempts to find an answer, his answer, for there can perhaps not be a definitive answer, yet the author searches.
How and why did this transformation take place? The book attempts an objective evaluation. Jaswant Singh’s experience as a minister responsible for the conduct of India’s foreign policy, managing the jijnah defence concurrentlyhad been uniformly challenging Dingh Peace process; betrayed at Kargil; Kandahar; the Agra Peace Summit; the attack on Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and the Indian Parliament; coercive diplomacy of ; the peace overtures reinitiated in April He asks where and when did this questionable thesis of ‘Muslims as a separate nation’ first originate and lead the Indian sub-continent to?
And where did it drag Pakistan to? Why then a Bangladesh? Also what now of Pakistan? Where is it headed? This book jaswaant special; it stands apart, for it is authored by a practitioner of policy, an sinth of policies in search of definitive answers. Those burning ‘whys’ of the last sixty-two years, which bedevil us still. Jaswant Singh believes that for the return of lasting peace in South Jaaswant there is no alternative but to first understand what made it ‘abandon’ us in the first place.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Jinnah by Jaswant Singh. India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh. Jaswant Singh attempts to find an answer, his an The partition of India,some call it vivisection as Gandhi had, has without doubt been the most wounding trauma of the twentieth century.
Published August 31st by Rupa first published August 1st To see what your friends thought of jjaswant book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jinnahplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 16, Rishika rated it liked it. Jinnah iinnah forever been painted as the villain of India’s partition inthe man who stabbed the Indians in the back and walked away with a fifth of the ancient country’s landmass.
The traitor who created Pakistan, which has ever since been a festering wound in India’s nationhood. But Jaswant Singh, finally, shows there were several players more culpable – the British, the Congress Party leaders such as M.
K Gandhi and fundamentalist Muslim and Hindu leaders. He gives us a br Jinnah has forever been painted as the villain of India’s partition inthe man who stabbed the Indians in the back and walked away with a fifth of the ancient country’s landmass. He gives us a brilliant account of the machinations and mistakes that happened behind the scenes as well as revealing a fascinating collection of correspondence between Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah and all the various Viceroys of India.
Singh does a fantastic job of personifying Jinnah – who to this day remains something of an enigma to most people. View all 3 comments.
Oct 27, Bharath rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Quite possibly this decision was before anyone bothered to read the book. The title of the book I suppose conveyed the impression it did. 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.
The book is actually quite bala 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 is however, very critical of Nehru and the Congress especially in the s and s and even afterand how it pushed Jinnah from being a votary of Hindu — Muslim unity to demand a separate homeland for Muslims, and emerge as the Quaid-e-Azam of Pakistan.
The book starts with exploring the entry of Islam into India and this part is largely academic with no new information. It then moves on to Jinnah, his early life, contrasting his approach with Mahatma Gandhi.
While 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 major theme of the book is how the Congress made no attempts to be inclusive and brushed aside the Muslim league as a non-entity in the s and s.
A hurt Jinnah gradually consolidated Muslim support and emerged as the primary spokesperson. There were windows of opportunities till quite late to reach a rapprochement between the Congress and the League, but only Mahatma Gandhi made a sincere attempt to do that almost right till the day of independence.
His mistrust of the Congress, and the consolidation of Muslim support also leads Jinnah to become more inflexible and demanding in the later years late s and s. For instance, he insisted on equal numerical representation for the League in the provincial government planned and also demanded that the Congress should not nominate any Muslim, as he was the primary spokesperson for Muslims in India.
Right till the end, Jinnah leaves the definition of Pakistan open. The portions where Mahatma Gandhi questions him about what will happen to minorities in the new nation of Pakistan, leads Jinnah to claim that they will be taken care of.
Beyond a point, it looks like Jinnah improvised his positioning based on circumstances. And yet, he seemed to return to a more broad minded approach once he got his Pakistan — assuring minorities of equal rights.
As Jaswant Singh points out, many disturbing aspects of the two nation theory and the event of partition remain with us today. Jinnah died too soon after the formation of Pakistan, leading to a nation devoid of a soul which it was only just forming where minorities face an uncertain future in the face of rising religious extremism. Just maybe, if he had lived longer, as also Mahatma Gandhi, our region could have been a different place.
Oct 09, Siby rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is probably the most honest book covering the period of the Indian independence struggle that I have read so far. Jaswant Singh has done justice to himself and to his readers by writing this book from an unbiased perspective of a historian and not as the spokesperson of a political organization, largely perceived to be communal. Jaswant Singh has tried to bring to the forefront the hidden mechanics and negotiations that went on behind the partitioning of India and the reasons that pushed Ji This is probably the most honest book covering the period of the Indian independence struggle that I have read so far.
Jaswant Singh has tried to bring to the forefront the hidden mechanics and negotiations that went on behind the partitioning of India and the reasons that pushed Jinnah from being an exponent of Hindu-Muslim unity to the leading figure in the demand for a separate Muslim Pakistan. History books usually paint one or the other as the villain, depending on whose version of events you are reading, but it is often not so black and white in reality.
After reading this book, I can see why Jaswant Singh had to face such a barrage of criticism, even expulsion from his party. He has tried to be honest in trying to find the reason that precipitated one of the greatest tragedies in Indian history and certainly the most defining event in the Indian sub-continent in the last century. Indian authors vilify Jinnah; John Keay just reports the event and has no opinion; Dominique Lappierre eulogies Mountbatten; but I think Jaswant Singh has hit it on the nail when he tries to analyze the events that occured, and correctly indentifies the reasons behind Partition and the role played by each of the parties; Congress for pushing Jinnah away and pinning him in a corner from where Pakistan was the only option, Jinnah for demanding Pakistan as a negotiating tactic to gain more representation and voice in an Indian government and then not knowing what to do once his wish came true and finally on the British for widening the rift between the two communities for their own narrow gains and the haphazard manner in which it was finally executed.
What I also liked about this book was the collection of correspondence between all the main players; Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah, the various Viceroys of India and the personal memoirs and notes of these individuals. This book also brings to light the oft forgotten political face and shrewd mind of Gandhi.
Jan 18, Mansoor Azam rated it really liked it Shelves: Coming from Jaswant Singh, an old hand in Indian politics this one is a treat for anyone who wants to know about Jinnah. I had definite doubts about this one and thought an Indian can’t do justice to the great man. But as i started i was in for the ultimate treat considering the few and far efforts in recent times by men in power corridors. In a way i’ll admit that i got a whole new picture of Jinnah in Indian politics, “his role as an Am Coming from Jaswant Singh, an old hand in Indian politics this one is a treat for anyone who wants to know about Jinnah.
In a way i’ll admit that i got a whole new picture of Jinnah in Indian politics, “his role as an Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity”.
Before this the idea was that although initially he tried to reconcile the two communities but once onto the idea of partition the man put heart and soul into it and shunned every effort of Congress to avoid Congress.
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. An absolute treat for the students of Indo-Pak history. A brave effort from Shri Jaswant Singh. A must read for anyone interested in Indo Pak history Nov 30, Atif rated it liked it. 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.
Pretty much everything I have studied on indo-pak partition is present in this book. What I found intresting is the detail Jaswant went on explaining the relationship between the trio – Jinnah Gandhi and Nehru. 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 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 partition. However, Jaswant has summed up well in the end though I dont agree with a few things what he has put in.
Jul 21, Sameer rated it really liked it. One of the best writeups on the whole partition and Jinnah. Of course there is lot to the misery and mystery that will probably remain.
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jadwant Jaswant Singh hs put an honest effort in this. Jul 29, Rahul Khanna rated it it was ok Shelves: I was reading a book by Bipin Chandra, India’s struggle for freedom. 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.