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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Those burning ‘whys’ of the last sixty-two years, which bedevil us still.

It is a political biography. First few pages was very interesting but after that it became boring to ad nauseam.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah is strongly associated with the Partition of India and is often viewed, on the Indian subcontinent, through the binary of good and evil. Jaswant Singh hs put an honest effort in this. It starts with an excellent question – why were the invasions of the Turks, Afghans etc called Muslim invasions and not territorial invasions.

While doing so, the author also provides the socio-political context and the interplay of various personalities in British India. The author examines “How and why this ‘ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity’, the liberal constitutionalist, an Indian nationalist” went on to become the most fervent advocate of “two-nation” theory that led to the partition. Jaswant Singh’s experience as a minister responsible for the conduct of India’s foreign policy, managing the country’s defence concurrentlyhad been uniformly challenging Lahore 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 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.

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Nonetheless, he deals with the partition of India with insight and shows convincingly that it was not Jinnah’s intransigence until the very end that brought about Pakistan – it was every bit as much the insensitivity of Nehru and Patel and their unwillingness to re Finally finished this tome after 18 months of picking it up and putting it down.


Jan 07, Jrohde rated it liked it Shelves: The real gist of this book is that partition can be avoided if Nehru and congress had agreed on federal form of govt rather than unitary form of govt with strong centre. 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.

How true it is for all types of reservations. Until we do that, a minimum, a must, we will never be able to persuade peace to return. 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.

This is hardly the kind of language one uses for a distinguished contemporary and the ‘sole spokesman’ of Indian Muslims. For a critique of Nehru’s often arrogant attitude towards Jinnah and the Muslim League — which was a factor in paving the way for Partition — Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s India Wins Freedom stands as the pioneering work and is unblemished by personal prejudice.

Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

Jinnah has bj a major inspiration in my life and is one person I absolutely love knowing more about. 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. Aug 04, Sharat Bandlur rated it really liked it. Responding to Sarojini Naidu during a discourse about his feelings for the Indian Muslims he confessed, ‘I cannot say in truth that I have any feelings of paternal love for Muslims.


Preview — Jinnah by Jinmah Singh.

Read this book slowly and try to observe every single jaswang. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Seem to be very controversial, have to see what the author says. He ate pork, drank wine and it is widely believed that his counterpart Mahatma Gandhi knew more verses of Qoran than him.

A thorough study of all events lead towards the partition of the Subcontinent.

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However, as the chief architect of this vivisection he deserved to be the chief protagonist. As Jaswant Singh points out, many disturbing aspects of the two nation theory and the event of partition remain with us today. Taste your own bitter fruit when you yourself planted the seeds!

Nehru strongly advocated the theory of strong centre so he particularly blaming Nehru for partition. He clearly explains how Jinnah moved from being a champion jaswany Hindu-Muslim unity and nationhood to a champion of Pakistan. Where is it headed? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. A brave effort from Shri Jaswant Singh. Currently he represents Darjeeling parliamentary constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha. An absolute treat b the students of Indo-Pak history.

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.

He gives us a br Jinnah has forever been painted as the villain of India’s partition maswantthe man who stabbed the Indians in the back and walked away with a fifth of the ancient country’s landmass. Congress Politicians couldn’t see through the machinations of Jinnah. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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