'Peace elusive after partition'

'Peace elusive after partition'

Jaswant Singh overwhelmed by the response for his book in Pakistan

 Former minister Jaswant Singh autographing his book ‘Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence’, after its formal launch in Bangalore on Saturday. DH PHOTO

Taking part in a function organised to launch his book `India-Partition-Independence’ in Bangalore recently, the expelled BJP leader said that in the aftermath of partition, Indian muslims feel like second class citizens in the country and are treated with suspicion.

Tracing the history behind the souring of relations between the two communities, Singh said that unity between the two communities instilled fear in the British. The Congress and Muslim League fought elections in the country together in 1937. However, the period between 1937 and 1946 witnessed “overassertive majorityism and exaggerated minorityism in the country.” The British played the role of “interested referees appointed by the Congress, he said.

Replying to a question on the reactions from Pakistan, Singh said that he was overwhelmed by the response the book received in Pakistan and was planning to visit the country shortly to popularise it. “I hope the book improves the relations between the two nations,” he said.

M J Akbar, editor of the fortnightly, `Covert’, regretted the fact that a book is being viewed by a political party as “a threat to its existence.”

Jinnah has now emerged as “a political toy to be used. He evokes visceral hatred and extraordinary devotion in various quarters, he felt.  Lauding the tome, Akbar said that it had the courage to examine the most difficult part of history.

Lauding the role played by Sardar Patel and Nehru in making Gandhiji undertstand that Pakistan “was a gangrene in the body which needed to be cut off,” Akbar said he was so relieved that India was partitioned. “An unborn Pakistan would have been big a burden for India to bear,” he opined.

DH News Service

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