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 an. IN his controversial book Jinnah India — Parition — Independence, Jaswant Singh writes that, ‘Jinnah was potentially kind, but in behaviour. 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.

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In the end very interesting, even if poorly written with poor jasaant and story line jumping about and references to things and events totally unknown.

singy However, this not the sort language one would use for someone he wishes to glorify. While doing so, the author also provides the socio-political context and the interplay of various personalities in British Ind 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. Beyond a point, it looks like Jinnah improvised his positioning based on circumstances.

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. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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. Rendered into simple Urdu or Hindi it would be pure billingsgate — the coarse vernacular of the fish market.

Jaswant Singh’s Jinnah appears like a small promontory in a sea of historical rehash and repetition. Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. December 31, Economic direction? It appears to me that jinnzh author has used Nehru quite unashamedly as a tool to vent his own ire against Jinnah and his ‘unsustainable assertion of Muslims being a separate nation. Nov 14, Ashhar rated it really liked it.

Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh

Reacting to Jinnah’s reservations about the sinhg draft tabled jaswxnt the Round Table conference in London, Nehru denounced them as an ‘amazing jawant of nonsense and narrow-minded communalism. As Jaswant Singh points out, many disturbing aspects of the two nation theory and the event of partition remain with us today.


Jjaswant British considered him as a rabid extremist with the result that he was everywhere but nowhere. 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.

Known for his moderate political view Jaswant Singh is an Indian politician. The book jaswatn meticulously researched, balanced and well written. Singh does a fantastic job of personifying Jinnah – who to this day remains something of an enigma to jinnab people.

However, Jaswant has summed up well in the end though I dont agree with a few things what he has put in. Later on the writer discusses that if the two nation theory was right then why creation of Bengal happened. In Singh’s words jimnah ‘had to settle for a moth-eaten Pakistan and in that too, he failed to mould it into a working state, leave alone a shining example of that implausible theory of Muslims as a separate nation. 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 recognise the necessity for some compromise to accomodate the Muslim minority.

The basic and structured fault in Jinnah’s notion remains a rejection of his origins, being an Indian. In the next chapter, it moves from Jinnah’s birth to his disputes in Congress and with Tilak. He also had no love lost for the Muslims. The author must have kept in mind the devil this idiot was.

Whether Mr Singh used the quote as part of a sober history or to castigate Jinnah by proxy is not clear. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

Hence, perhaps the title of the book. K Gandhi and fundamentalist Muslim and Hindu leaders. He has tried to be honest in trying to find the reason that precipitated one of the greatest tragedies in Indian history and certainly the most defining event in the Indian sub-continent in the last century.


Sep 21, Banwari rated it really liked it.

Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

Such is indeed the dilemma of every honest person tenaciously clinging to his ideas in the face of unrelenting opposition. The political party landscape remains wracked with judicial complications and jibnah accountability pressures.

BOTH decision and timing are scarcely believable and will surely give more ammunition to those quarters denouncing 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.

Jan 18, Mansoor Azam rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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. It is a sorry tale, where the actions of a few men caused such divisions and large scale displacement. 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.

Dec 30, Penandinkpot Uzma rated it really liked it. Oct 28, Aziz Khan is currently reading it Shelves: May 22, Humayun khan Ladhuka rated it it was amazing. The real gist of this book is that partition can be avoided if Nehru and congress had agreed on federal form of sinth rather than unitary form of govt with strong centre. 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.