Jaswant Singh’s Jinnah: India-Partition Independence is reproduction of Pakistani writer’s work, says historian

Friday, September 11, 2009, 9:26
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After being expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for his controversial book, former Union Minister Jaswant Singh seems to be finding himself in the midst of another controversy.

Jaswant Singh had incurred the ire of his partymen for certain remarks he made in his book titled book Jinnah: India-Partition Independence.

Now, a well-known historian claims that Jaswant Singh’s book is nothing but a reproduction of another author’s book and that it is not based on actual historical facts.

Dr.  JBP More, deputy director of the Institute of Social Science, based in France, told a meet-the-press program in Kannur in Kerala that Jaswant Singh had reproduced a book written by Pakistani scholar Ayisha Jalal.

Dr. JBP More, who is who is visiting Kannur University in Kerala as a Research Guide, also charged Jaswant Singh with writing his book Jinnah: India-Partition Independence “only to get popularity.”

“As a politician, Jaswant Singh compiled the book without reflecting on authentic historical facts, and a historian alone can bear the patience to analyse carefully such facts,” More told reporters.

More also alleged that Jaswant Singh “buried the real historical facts” and instead blamed Congress Party leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhai Patel for the partition of India.

The Congress had, in fact, passed a resolution in 1942 against forcible partition of the nation, he argued.

According to the historian, Mohammad Ali Jinnah was acting in accordance with the ‘divide- and-rule’ policy of the British who had fears over India emerging as a potential superpower, and so “used” Jinnah to exert pressure for the Partition.

The Hindu Mahasabha, along with the Muslim League and the British, advocated the partition of India “in the hope of turning India eventually into a Hindu Rashtra.

Dr. JBP More stressed that Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, harbored “sectarian views” and that Jinnah should be held solely responsible for the Partition, because of the dominance of the Muslim League in some pockets of pre-independent India.

In fact, Pakistan and Bangladesh gained little from the Partition since these countries were facing a plethora of problems, which Jinnah himself admitted to later, J B P More, who has written many books on history and related subjects, argued.

Dr More, well-known historian and a philosopher, specializes in the subject of Muslims and Dravidians of Southern India. His books titled The Mahe Revolt of 1948 and The Telugus of Yanam and Masulipatnam are considered as the benchmarks in the field of India’s colonial history.

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