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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It is a sorry tale, where the actions of a few men caused such divisions and large scale displacement. Thus, his kind of Islamic fundamentalism bt just a tool to embarrass the Congress with Gandhi and Nehru in Particular by carving a seperate nation called Pakistan.

Oct jlnnah, Siddharth Sharma added it. One of the best writeups on the whole partition and Jinnah. In the end very interesting, even if poorly written with poor grammar and story line jumping about and references to things and events totally unknown. Whether Mr Singh used the quote as part of a sober history or to castigate Jinnah by proxy is not clear.

However, Jaswant Singh does a commendable job of outlining the nuances of this historic personality and traces Jinnah’s transition from being an ‘ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity’ to becoming the founder of Pakistan. Taste your slngh bitter fruit sngh you yourself planted the seeds! Read this book slowly and try to observe every single event. However, Jaswant has summed up well in the end though I dont agree with a few things what he has put in. BOTH decision and timing are scarcely believable and will surely give more ammunition to those quarters denouncing Oct 27, Bharath rated it really liked it Shelves: While comparing Jinnah with Gandhi, the author quotes Hector Bolitho: In Singh’s words he ‘had bu settle for a moth-eaten Pakistan jaswqnt in that too, jaswatn failed to mould it into a working state, leave alone a shining example of that implausible theory of Muslims as a separate nation.

This is an honest book, and one that deserves the highest praise. First few pages was very interesting but after that it became boring to ad nauseam. I would like to read. The partition of India,some call it vivisection as Gandhi had, has without doubt been the most wounding trauma of the twentieth century.

Jan 12, Bulbul rated it did not like it. Pretty much everything I have studied on indo-pak partition is present in this book.

Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. It’s one thing to speak of Nehru’s ‘virulent’ dislike of Jinnah, but quite another to use maswant as a double-edged weapon to serve the ends of recorded history and, at the same time, project Jinnah in an unflattering and light.


This review has been hidden because it bt spoilers. Nehru’s problem was his pathological Anglo-centricism. May 22, Humayun khan Ladhuka rated it it was amazing.

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.

Jaswant Singh believes that for the return of lasting peace in South Asia there is no alternative but to first understand what made it ‘abandon’ us in the first place. Lists with This Book. 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 I read books of Will Durant and I kowtow in front of this giant and greatest author who write about most complicated things a thousand times more complicated than partition in such good prose that you feel connected with the book but this mastery lacks in not only Jaswant Singh but also in many other amateur writers.

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. It appears to me that the author has used Nehru quite unashamedly as a tool to vent his own ire against Jinnah and his ‘unsustainable assertion of Muslims being a separate nation.

The roles that the great Indian politicians played in causing the division of Jninah into India and Pakistan has been clearly explained. I am not scholar to understand this so called scholarly researched and detailed book but I unravel the basic informati I was reading a book by Bipin Chandra, India’s struggle for freedom.

But indeed once you go through the pages of this book you realize that the only jaswnat who till last time had some thought of preserving a united India was Jinnah. Such is indeed the dilemma of every honest person tenaciously clinging to his ideas in the face of unrelenting opposition. 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.


Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh

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. What I found intresting is the detail Jaswant went on explaining the relationship between snigh trio – Jinnah Gandhi and Nehru. Even his monumental achievement, the making of Pakistan, appears to be tainted with a great compromise at the cost of his demand for a pentagonal Pakistan comprising all the five Uinnah majority provinces — an undivided Punjab and Jinnh together with Sindh, Balochistan and the NWFP.

The author is also extremely critical about how Mountbatten went about doing his job, in haste. Gandhi embodied compassion; Jinnah did not wish to touch the poor.

The political party landscape remains wracked with judicial complications and ongoing accountability pressures. 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. Simgh absolute treat for the students of Indo-Pak history.

I can’t read further. This is hardly the kind of language one uses for a distinguished contemporary and the ‘sole spokesman’ of Indian Muslims.

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.

In poetic language the narrow-minded puritan took him to be a kafir infideland the infidel denounced him as a Mussalman.

Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

Hardcoverpages. And yet, he seemed to return to a more broad minded approach once he got his Pakistan — assuring minorities of equal rights. I picked this book before finishing the book in my hand.

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