If you were a popular singer, not long ago, and you are struggling to recapture your popularity which has taken a nose dive there are umpteen ways to regain the same. If you are in politics, you have to desert your party and cross-over to the rival party or make some statements which will upset your party leaders and ensure your dismissal and wide coverage by the media.
But soon you will wither into oblivion. So if you want to capture the public attention for a longer time you have to publish a book, but make sure it has something to do with history and politics, the distorted version rather. It should shock your friends and foes alike. Mr. Jaswant Singh did exactly the same thing. As you might know, he is one of the leaders of India’s BJP which right now worried about its own popularity.
The title of his book is “Jinnah, India and Partition”. He was wise enough to distort the facts to such an extent that it surprised not only India but Pakistan as well. The whole world knows that Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Co were the real architects of India’s freedom and Jinnah was the force behind the partition of India but Jaswant Singh turned everything upside down to make his “story” sensational. “Jinnah was demonized by India”, says he with an eye on regaining his own fading popularity. So friends Jinnah is the hero of this book….the very same Jinnah who looked down upon the “Hindi speaking, khadhi clad peasants” who stood by Gandhiji in his historic non-violent struggle for India’s freedom…….the very same Jinnah who paved the way for India’s partition. The latest news is that Mr. Jaswant Singh has been expelled from the party.