Editorial Reviews. Review. The book is well researched and the author has argued his case in Jinnah - Kindle edition by Jaswant Singh. Download it once and. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Dec 1, , Moss Roberts and others published Jaswant Singh. Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. (Oxford, ). Jaswant Singh's informative and well-told biography of Muhammad Ali Jinnah sheds much light on modern India, and also furthers understanding of other.
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The thesis followed by him, indeed, proves Jinnah not only the Quaid-i-Azam of Pakistan but also of the entire sub-continent. Vajpayee and L. K Advani had also made similar remarks during their visits to Pakistan. In reality, Indo-Pak relations suffer from the pitfall of historical memories of the partition and more so by the conjured description of the events by pseudo historian, intellectuals and self-seeking politicians with run of the mill approach towards the issues affecting the common populace. India-Pakistan affairs have been especially hostage to the cold-blooded communal leaders and a better part of Indian media, who keep the case of communal divide alive even at the cost of misery of hundreds of millions.
Jinnah: India- Partition- Independence. A rationalist must undermine the scriptures by giving concrete examples. To quote Jaswant Singh Jinnah P 6. Nanda, Road to Pakistan: The life and times of.. J5 S5.
Jinnah of Pakistan by Stanley A. Wolpert- - Koerner DS3. J5 W6. Jinnah House by the Pakistan Government,.. As argued by Jaswant Singh, considering the friction between Jinnah and Nehru and the unaccommodating attitude of the latter,..
New Delhi, 2. The portions where Mahatma Gandhi questions him about what will happen to minorities in the new nation of Pakistan, leads Jinnah to claim that they will be taken care of. Beyond a point, it looks like Jinnah improvised his positioning based on circumstances.
And yet, he seemed to return to a more broad minded approach once he got his Pakistan — assuring minorities of equal rights.
As Jaswant Singh points out, many disturbing aspects of the two nation theory and the event of partition remain with us today. Jinnah died too soon after the formation of Pakistan, leading to a nation devoid of a soul which it was only just forming where minorities face an uncertain future in the face of rising religious extremism. Just maybe, if he had lived longer, as also Mahatma Gandhi, our region could have been a different place. My rating: 3. My rating: View 2 comments.
Oct 09, Siby rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 This is probably the most honest book covering the period of the Indian independence struggle that I have read so far. 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 Jinnah from being an exponent of Hindu-Muslim unity to the leading figure in the demand for a separate Muslim Pakistan.
History books usually paint one or the other as the villain, depending on whose version of events you are reading, but it is often not so black and white in reality.
After reading this book, I can see why Jaswant Singh had to face such a barrage of criticism, even expulsion from his party. 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.
Indian authors vilify Jinnah; John Keay just reports the event and has no opinion; Dominique Lappierre eulogies Mountbatten; but I think Jaswant Singh has hit it on the nail when he tries to analyze the events that occured, and correctly indentifies the reasons behind Partition and the role played by each of the parties; Congress for pushing Jinnah away and pinning him in a corner from where Pakistan was the only option, Jinnah for demanding Pakistan as a negotiating tactic to gain more representation and voice in an Indian government and then not knowing what to do once his wish came true and finally on the British for widening the rift between the two communities for their own narrow gains and the haphazard manner in which it was finally executed.
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. This book also brings to light the oft forgotten political face and shrewd mind of Gandhi. Loved it!
Jan 18, Mansoor Azam rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
In a way i'll admit that i got a whole new picture of Jinnah in Indian politics, "his role as an Am Coming from Jaswant Singh, an old hand in Indian politics this one is a treat for anyone who wants to know about Jinnah. In a way i'll admit that i got a whole new picture of Jinnah in Indian politics, "his role as an Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity". Before this the idea was that although initially he tried to reconcile the two communities but once onto the idea of partition the man put heart and soul into it and shunned every effort of Congress to avoid Congress.
But indeed once you go through the pages of this book you realize that the only man who till last time had some thought of preserving a united India was Jinnah. An absolute treat for the students of Indo-Pak history.
A brave effort from Shri Jaswant Singh. A must read for anyone interested in Indo Pak history Nov 30, Atif rated it liked it. 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 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.
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 partition. However, Jaswant has summed up well in the end though I dont agree with a few things what he has put in.. Jul 21, Sameer rated it really liked it. 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. Jul 29, Rahul Khanna rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 I was reading a book by Bipin Chandra, India's struggle for freedom. I am not scholar to understand this so called scholarly researched and detailed book but I unravel the basic information which author wanted to convey out of this massive drivel of pages.
Believe me, if you are not scholar,this is a boring book and writing style has power to put you to sleep after reading 10 pages. Here is the summary of this book. Author writes about history of Muslims and India in brief and about birth and childhood of Jinnah in few pages.
Then he write about political life of Jinnah. It is a political biography. Author quotes many letters and reports which are very boring and lengthy. The real gist of this book is that partition can be avoided if Nehru and congress had agreed on federal form of govt rather than unitary form of govt with strong centre. Nehru strongly advocated the theory of strong centre so he particularly blaming Nehru for partition.
One thing I learned from this book is that only scholarship or detailed knowledge can never make a good book if writing style is bland. Jaswant Singh is not a good story teller. I read books of Will Durant and I kowtow in front of this giant and greatest author who write about most complicated things a thousand times more complicated than partition in such good prose that you feel connected with the book but this mastery lacks in not only Jaswant Singh but also in many other amateur writers.
Oct 28, Siddharth Sharma added it. 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 Its a good book,certainly not in the 'great' category,but good and to the point.
Jinnah, though flawed in some important issues, should always be remembered as the one who created history and edited the World map. Both tremendous achievements!
View 1 comment. Dec 30, Penandinkpot Uzma rated it really liked it.
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.
Nov 26, Anil Swarup rated it really liked it. 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 The book is more about India's partition than about Jinnah.
The author examines "How and why this 'ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity', the liberal constitutionalist, an Indian nationalist" went on to become the most fervent advocate of "two-nation" theory that led to the partition. The author describes Jinnah as "largely a self educated, a self made man, anxious as a youth that his merit should gain recognition and be duly rewarded". While comparing Jinnah with Gandhi, the author quotes Hector Bolitho: Gandhi embodies compassion. Jinnah did not wish to touch the poor, but then Gandhi's instincts were rooted in India and lifelong he soiled his hands in helping squalid poor" Jaswant Singh comes up with some seminal conclusions as he presents his viesws against communal reservation communal reservation: How true it is for all types of reservations.
The author is also extremely critical about how Mountbatten went about doing his job, in haste. All in all an eminently readable, though long, book. Jan 07, Jrohde rated it liked it Shelves: 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 Finally finished this tome after 18 months of picking it up and putting it down.
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.
How much better it would have been had the offer of the Cripps commission in to establish a united India as a Federation, reserving the right for states to get out after some time if their population so voted, than the vivisection along religious lines that so fractured the nation and let to eternal strife between the countries.