India’s BJP stalwart and former foreign minister Jaswant Singh says, it was not Mohammed Ali Jinnah who created Pakistan, but rather Congress leaders Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who 'conceded' Pakistan to the Quaid-e-Azam, with the British acting as an ever helpful midwife.
The joke in India is that after the BJP expelled its founder Jaswant Singh, he has created a parallel party, also called the BJP--the Bharatiya Jinnah Party.
Read on and see why truth in its nakedness is so uncomfortable to watch.
In his new book Jinnah - India, Partition, Independence, which will hit the stands on August 17, he recalls the events leading to the Partition as well as the "epic journey of Jinnah from being the ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity, the liberal constitutionalist and Indian nationalist to the Quaid-e-Azam of Pakistan".
Singh raises several questions on partition. "How did you divide a geographic (also geo-political) unity? Through a 'surgical operation', Mountbatten (the last British viceroy) had said, and tragically Nehru and Patel and the Congress party had assented," he writes in the book, excerpts from which have been reproduced by India Today magazine.
"...Jinnah did not win Pakistan, as the Congress leaders -- Nehru and Patel finally conceded Pakistan to Jinnah, with the British acting as an ever helpful midwife," Singh says in his 669-page book.
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