Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence

Jinnah India Partition Independence The partition of India some call it vivisection as Gandhi had has without doubt been the most wounding trauma of the twentieth century It has seared the psyche of four plus generations of this

  • Title: Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence
  • Author: Jaswant Singh
  • ISBN: 9780195479270
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The partition of India, 1947, some call it vivisection as Gandhi had, has without doubt been the most wounding trauma of the twentieth century It has seared the psyche of four plus generations of this subcontinent 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 aThe partition of India, 1947, some call it vivisection as Gandhi had, has without doubt been the most wounding trauma of the twentieth century It has seared the psyche of four plus generations of this subcontinent 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 answer, for there can perhaps not be a definitive answer, yet the author searches Jinnah s political journey began as an ambassador of Hindu Muslim Unity Gopal Krishna Gokhale , yet ended with his becoming the sole spokesman of Muslims in India the creator of Pakistan, The Quaid e Azam How and why did this transformation take place No Indian or Pakistani politician Member of Parliament has ventured an analytical, political biography of Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, about whom views necessarily get divided as being either Hagiographical or additional demonology The book attempts an objective evaluation Jaswant Singh s experience as a minister responsible for the conduct of India s foreign policy, managing the country s defence concurrently , had 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 2002 the peace overtures reinitiated in April 2003 He asks where and when did this questionable thesis of Muslims as a separate nation first originate and lead the Indian sub continent to And where did it drag Pakistan to Why then a Bangladesh Also what now of Pakistan Where is it headed This book is special it stands apart, for it is authored by a practitioner of policy, an innovator of policies in search of definitive answers Those burning whys of the last sixty two years, which bedevil us still 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 Until we do that, a minimum, a must, we will never be able to persuade peace to return.

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    1. Jinnah has forever been painted as the villain of India's partition in 1947, the man who stabbed the Indians in the back and walked away with a fifth of the ancient country's landmass. He's reviled as. The traitor who created Pakistan, which has ever since been a festering wound in India's nationhood. But Jaswant Singh, finally, shows there were several players more culpable - the British, the Congress Party leaders such as M.K Gandhi and fundamentalist Muslim and Hindu leaders. He gives us a br [...]

    2. Coming from Jaswant Singh, an old hand in Indian politics this one is a treat for anyone who wants to know about Jinnah. I had definite doubts about this one and thought an Indian can't do justice to the great man. 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. the book and its theme just got me more and more into it. In a way i'll admit that i got a whole new picture of Jinnah in Indian politics, "his role as an Am [...]

    3. This is probably the most honest book covering the period of the Indian independence struggle that I have read so far. Jaswant Singh has done justice to himself and to his readers by writing this book from an unbiased perspective of a historian and not as the spokesperson of a political organization, largely perceived to be communal. Jaswant Singh has tried to bring to the forefront the hidden mechanics and negotiations that went on behind the partitioning of India and the reasons that pushed Ji [...]

    4. 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. Pretty much everything I have studied on indo-pak partition is present in this book. What I found intresting is the detail Jaswant went on explaining the relationship between the trio - Jinnah Gandhi and Nehru. 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 [...]

    5. One of the best writeups on the whole partition and Jinnah. Of course there is lot to the misery and mystery that will probably remain Jaswant Singh hs put an honest effort in this.

    6. I was reading a book by Bipin Chandra, India's struggle for freedom. In that book whenever the name of Jinnah came I felt a tickling going in my body which prodded me to read this book which was resting in my bookshelf for last five months. I picked this book before finishing the book in my hand. First few pages was very interesting but after that it became boring to ad nauseam. I am not scholar to understand this so called scholarly researched and detailed book but I unravel the basic informati [...]

    7. Its a good book,certainly not in the 'great' category,but good and to the point.As far as I know Jinnah was as not a religious man in personal life. He ate pork, drank wine and it is widely believed that his counterpart Mahatma Gandhi knew more verses of Qoran than him.Thus, his kind of Islamic fundamentalism was just a tool to embarrass the Congress with Gandhi and Nehru in Particular by carving a seperate nation called Pakistan.Jinnah, though flawed in some important issues, should always be r [...]

    8. "জিন্নাঃভারত,দেশভাগ, স্বাধীনতা" নিঃসন্দেহে দেশভাগের পুরো অধ্যায়টি নিয়ে "ভালো" কাজ। খুব খেটেেই নিজের সামর্থ্য প্রমাণ করেছেন লেখক যশোবন্ত সিং।কিন্তু তারপরেও কিছু জায়গা ছিলো যেখানে সিং সাবে [...]

    9. After interviewing my grandmother,her brother, uncles, various other relatives and friends and getting various perspectives and as an individual who has little knowledge except what relatives who went through this partition--as I am the grandchild and child of partition grandparents and parents-- although raised in Canada and the USA, this book is a great overview of a history and a perspective by the author who was in the ministry during this period.

    10. Finally finished this tome after 18 months of picking it up and putting it down. 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. Nonetheless, he deals with the partition of India with insight and shows convincingly that it was not Jinnah's intransigence (until the very end) that brought about Pakistan - it was every bit as much the insensitivity of Nehru and Patel and their unwillingness to re [...]

    11. nbcindia/Descriptions.nbcindia/Descriptions.Jaswant Singh has come a long way from his home in the desert districts of Rajasthan. Commissioned in the Indian Army when barely nineteen, he went through two wars whilst in service (1962 and 1965) before resigning his commission to pursue a political career. He has served seven terms in Parliament, and, in the BJP-led governments of 1996 and 1998-2004, held charge of six ministries of the Government of India, including External Affairs, Defence and F [...]

    12. This is an extremely good book. It starts with an excellent question - why were the invasions of the Turks, Afghans etc called Muslim invasions and not territorial invasions. This is clearly indicative of the bias that has pervaded much of Indian history through the last decades.Jaswant Singh proceeds in a gentle manner, clearly unfolding the events of the times. He clearly explains how Jinnah moved from being a champion of Hindu-Muslim unity and nationhood to a champion of Pakistan. The roles t [...]

    13. still reading it. it seems obvious to me that this would turn out to be the third authentic book on life of Jinnah.

    14. Muhammad Ali Jinnah is strongly associated with the Partition of India and is often viewed, on the Indian subcontinent, through the binary of good and evil. 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. While doing so, the author also provides the socio-political context and the interplay of various personalities in British Ind [...]

    15. Excellent book on Jinnah and his actions to achieve partitionExcellent book on circumstances that led to partition of India, how progressively the demands from Jinnah kept increasing, ultimately to the partition of country . Congress Politicians couldn't see through the machinations of Jinnah. Gives details on how lopsided were discussions on even dramatic decisions like dividing country. Politics has not changed much since. Even after 70 years same kind of politics continues to be played.

    16. This is such a tedious book. There is a whole chapter on Islam's evolution and I don't understand why. Does Gandhi's biography start with a chapter on Hinduism? In the next chapter, it moves from Jinnah's birth to his disputes in Congress and with Tilak. Within a few pages. I can't read further.

    17. The book is more about India's partition than about Jinnah. However, as the chief architect of this vivisection he deserved to be the chief protagonist. Hence, perhaps the title of the book. The book is very well researched and the analyses quite objective. The focus is on the later years of Jinnah and the period when the the clamour for partition came to the fore. The author examines "How and why this 'ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity', the liberal constitutionalist, an Indian nationalist" went [...]

    18. The patronage of congress in demonizing individuals is not a recently acquired one but is in the roots of the congress right from its establishment. I personally feel after reading this book that its not only Jinnah who was the prime reason for India's partition but also Nehru and Patel and also to some extent Gandhi who pioneered this catastrophe. Taste your own bitter fruit when you yourself planted the seeds!

    19. A very en lighting book about the partition.In the early chapter the writer establishes the differences between the two nations which later on became the base of partition.Later on the writer discusses that if the two nation theory was right then why creation of Bengal happened.A very good book highlighting the arguments of the other side as well.A must read and as all ways A Good Read.

    20. Jinnah has been a major inspiration in my life and is one person I absolutely love knowing more about. Of course when Jaswant Singh, who belonged to the BJP party (an anti-Pakistan, staunch Hindu political party), wrote about Jinnah he got everyone's intrigue. However, to my disappointment, his writing style is extremely dry and never grabs the attention of the reader.

    21. One may agree to Jaswant Singh's opinions in the book or not but indeed it is an honest en devour for which Mr Singh must be appreciated and recognized.

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