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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tilling the soil for the Pakistan Plant, Part I

“History is not history unless it is the truth.”

-Abraham Lincoln

Hi, Everyone! Before going into the political situation in India in 1937, it is necessary to give some background into the Jinnah-Nehru-Gandhi situation.

·        The tragedy of India was the undercurrents and clashes between Jinnah and Gandhi-Nehru; none of them looked beyond their own petty egos and aspirations to power and consider what was right for the motherland.

In her book Indian Summer (page 80-81), Alex Von Tunzelmann has captured the essence of the situation.

“Jinnah had begun his political career in Congress. He made himself a figurehead for Hindu-Muslim unity and was acclaimed as such by Hindu Congress luminaries. He joined the Muslim League in 1913, confident that he could act as a bridge between the political parties. But it was the emergence of Gandhi as the spiritual leader of Congress in 1920 that began to push Jinnah out. “I will have nothing to do with this pseudo-religious approach to politics,” Jinnah had said, rejecting the call for satyagraha. . . .

There was a profound and deadly clash of personality between Jinnah and the other English gentleman of Congress, Jawaharlal Nehru. . . .”

In case anyone has any objections to Nehru being referred to as the “other English gentleman,” check out this little snippet from an interview of John Kenneth Galbraith by Arun Venugopal:

“While the pace of his day has slowed down, John Kenneth Galbraith's mind remains vibrant and unrelenting. He also talks of his close friendship with Nehru, who figures in his book Name-Dropping. "You realise, Galbraith," Nehru had once told him, "I am the last Englishman to rule in India."

Read the whole interview @

What a tragedy for India . . . ! To be freed from the British Raj only to be “ruled” by an Englishman passing himself off as an Indian . . . ?

Isn’t democracy a government of the people, by the people, for the people?

·        Was Nehru supposed to “rule” India? Is that what he believed?

On an aside: was it this delusion that made him trample upon the rights of so many Hindus and unleash a Reign of Terror in the aftermath of Gandhi’s murder . . . ?

To continue with Alex Von Tunzelmann’s account:

“After the Conference [Round Table Conference, 1931], he [Jinnah] returned to private life—until a friend reported to him a comment made by his archrival, Jawaharlal Nehru. In conversation at a private dinner party, Jawahar had remarked that Jinnah was ‘finished.’ Jinnah was so furious that he packed up and headed back to India immediately, with the stated intent to ‘show Nehru.’”

And “show Nehru” he did indeed . . . !

From that moment on, Jinnah pitted his considerable political skills against the Gandhi-Nehru-led Congress, whose fumbling and bumbling in their thirst for total power was no match for “one of the most brilliant politicians of his day.”

The scene is now set for the beheading of India.



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