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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. Rishika said: Jinnah has forever been painted as the villain of India’s partition One may agree to Jaswant Singh’s opinions in the book or not but indeed it is an . Excerpts from Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh, the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader whose views on the.

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An absolute treat for the students of Indo-Pak history. The real gist of this book is that partition can be avoided if Nehru and o had agreed on federal form of govt rather than unitary form of govt with strong centre.

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.

Key excerpts from Jaswant Singh’s book

Nehru’s problem was his pathological Anglo-centricism. Pakistan is once again at a critical juncture of political transition. 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.

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. Excellent book on Jinnah and his actions to achieve partition Excellent book on circumstances that led to partition of India, how progressively the demands from Jinnah kept increasing, ultimately to the partition of country.

He gives us a brilliant account of the machinations and mistakes that happened behind jawant scenes as well as revealing a fascinating collection of correspondence between Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah and all the various Viceroys of Jasawnt. He struck to his Hindu faith as tenaciously as any true Hindu would.


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 Muslim majority provinces — an undivided Punjab and Bengal together with Sindh, Balochistan and the NWFP.

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. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The basic and structured fault in Jinnah’s notion remains a rejection of his origins, being an Indian. The first Round table conference ‘sharply highlighted Jinnah’s many singb. The book attempts an objective evaluation. Jaswant Singh is not a good story teller.

The struggle against British colonialism of India and the subsequent division of the Indian sub-continent resulting in the creation of Pakistan as chronicled by various historians remains hotly contested given the contrasting viewpoints of competing ideologues. Regarded as an authority on Indian foreign policy and national security, Jaswant Singh is among the most respected names in the country’s public life, and in the world of diplomacy.

Until we do that, a minimum, a must, we will never be able to persuade peace to return. December 31, Economic direction?

Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

Why then a Bangladesh? Aug 04, Sharat Bandlur rated it really liked it. 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. 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. In the next chapter, it moves from Jinnah’s birth to his disputes in Congress and with Tilak.

Gives details on how lopsided were discussions on even dramatic decisions like dividing country. A very en lighting book about the partition. Jul 20, Humzah Yazdani rated it liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? It then moves on to Jinnah, his early life, contrasting his approach with Mahatma Gandhi. Where is it headed? Reacting to Jinnah’s reservations about the constitutional draft tabled at the Round Table conference in London, Nehru denounced them as an ‘amazing farrago of nonsense and narrow-minded communalism.


But the author has woven some very interesting facts. This book is special; it stands apart, for it is authored by a practitioner of policy, an innovator of policies in search of definitive haswant. 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.

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OPINION: Jaswant Singh`s Jinnah –

This is a much hyped book. Of course when Jaswant Singh, who belonged to the BJP party an anti-Pakistan, staunch Hindu political partywrote about Jinnah he got everyone’s intrigue. BOTH decision and timing are scarcely believable and will surely give more ammunition to those quarters denouncing 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.

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. Updated December 30, Pressure on the press A government-controlled body to run the affairs of newspapers is not in sync with the modern concepts of rule.