RSS, BJP disagree with Jaswant's view on Jinnah

The former ministers remarks on Muslims likely to stir up a hornets nest


Jaswant Singh holds his book, Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence, during its release on Monday. PTI

Though RSS and BJP leaders have reserved a structured response to Singh’s book, ‘Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence’, they have voiced their differences with many opinions expressed by the senior leader in his book.

When asked if RSS agreed with Singh’s view that Jinnah has been “demonised” in India, RSS leader Ram Madhav said, “I have only read excerpts of the book. But I am constrained to say that it is far from the truth to state that Jinnah was not responsible for the partition.”

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar refused to make any direct comment on Singh’s book but made it clear that the party does not agree with the contention that Jinnah was not responsible for the partition.

He added that BJP stands by its June 2005 resolution on Jinnah, which holds him as one of the most important politicians responsible for the partition of India.

Singh’s views on Jinnah in his book are not the only ones which are likely to stir a hornet’s nest but also his remarks with regard to Muslims in the country.

“We are in disagreement with many of Singh’s conclusions, especially the one with regard to Muslims in India. He says Muslims here feel like aliens. We believe even a large number of Muslims in India do not subscribe to this view,” Madhav said.

When asked if RSS agreed with Singh that Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel were responsible for the partition, Madhav said, “We will have to see in what context he is saying this.”

BJP too distanced itself from Singh’s opinion on Patel. “We also don’t agree with Singh’s views in his book about Patel,” a BJP MP said. BJP has always eulogised Patel for uniting Indian provinces under one flag.

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