A statement issued by the Gujarat government had said that Jaswant Singh’s book questions the role of Sardar Patel during the partition of India as well as his patriotic spirit and charged him for trying to defame Patel by distorting facts.
IT IS the story of Jaswant Singh. His book titled “Jinnah, India, Independence and Partition” was released on August 17, 2009 and banned in Gujarat with immediate effect a Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state. He was given a cold shoulder and finally shown the door in the initial storm of political hara-kiri.
Let us not discuss here about the very open arms that this party always held out to Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen in the name of freedom of speech. A statement issued by the Gujarat government had said that Jaswant Singh’s book questions the role of Sardar Patel during the partition of India as well as his patriotic spirit and charged him for trying to defame Patel by distorting historical facts.
In his intuitive moments of sincerity and honesty the ex-army men and ex-foreign minister of India Jaswant Singh has emphatically blamed Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and the Congress rather than Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for partition of India. Ihe paid his tributes to Jinnah in the following words “ 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”. Jaswant Singh set no inhibitions in declaring in an interview with Karan Thapar on television channel.
“I was attracted by his (Jinnah’s) personality, which has resulted in a book. If I was not drawn to his personality, I would not have written the book… He [not only] fought the British for an independent India but also fought resolutely and relentlessly for the interest of the Muslims of India”. When Thapar asked, “Was Jinnah was a great man ?“ He replied, “Oh yes, self made man who resolutely worked towards achieving what he had set for himself.”
And here are his more than million billion $ comments on the plight of the Indian Muslims today: “Look into the eyes of the Muslims that live in India and if you truly see through the pain in which they live in to [the] land which they belong; we treat them as aliens”.
Pearls of wisdom from the honest man“…He (Jinnah) created something out of nothing and single-handedly stood against the might of the Congress and the British who didn’t really like him…Gandhi himself called Jinnah a great Indian. Why don’t we recognise that? Why don’t we see (and try to understand) why he called him that?…I admire certain aspects of his personality; his determination and the will to rise. He was a self-made man.
Mahatma Gandhi was the son of a Diwan. All these (people) – Nehru and others – were born to wealth and position. Jinnah created for himself a position. He carved in Bombay a position for himself. He was so poor that he had to walk to work…He told one of his biographers that there was always room at the top but no lift…and he never sought a lift”.
According to Jaswant Singh : Indian leaders had not only misunderstood Jinnah but made a demon out of him. According to him the demonisation of Jinnah was a direct result of the trauma of partition.
So Mr. Bhagwat and Mr. Gadkari, let us know if Jaswant Singh has disown any of his statements ? If your answer is Yes, please show us.
If your answer is a singular No, God bless you in whatever form you worship.
You are making compromise after compromise. You accepted Advani Ji’s double speak in many on many of faux pas and blunders. The saving grace in Advani Ji’s case is that he did put many Alzheimer kind of excuses in his comments on Kandhar and made a 180 degree turn on Jinnah when caught in the wrong box.
Jaswant Singh is made up of a different mettle. Jaswant Singh has come a long way from the deserts of Rajasthan.
He had also been rough two wars whilst in service (1962 and 1965) before joining politics. 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 Finance. He is as an authority on Indian foreign policy and national Due credit should be accorded to him for dexterously steering India out of the turbulent diplomatic times in the aftermath of the nuclear tests.
Today he is returning on his own terms – only to show you that your party is devoid of any ideology. You need power at the expense of every principle you trumpeted since the birth and rebirth of you communal out-fit.
I welcome the honorable comeback of Jaswant Singh. It augurs well for Indian Democracy. Good-bye the divisive philosophy of Golwalker, Hedgware and Shyama !