Politics in India

An answer to Jaswant Singh’s gimmicks

Jaswant Singh’s controversial book on Jinnah continues to make noise in India. Now the noise is not so much on whether or not Jinnah was responsible for India’s partition but on the decision of the Gujarat Government to ban this book. Of course, the ban order was struck down by the court. The banning of a book in a state would not have served any purpose because it is available elsewhere in India. Apart from that it will tempt even ordinary people to read it out of curiosity. Those who write and publish such books know very well that their books will be an immediate hit if the facts are twisted. Anyway, here is a piece from another book to call Jaswant’s bluff. The title of this book is “The shadow of the great game: The untold story of India’s partition” written by Narendra Singh Sarila. “….Col. Elahi Bakshi, Jinnah’s doctor heard a sick quid-E-Azam [Jinnah] mumble in August-September 1948, ‘I have made it [Pakistan] but I am convinced that I have committed the greatest blunder of my life’ ”

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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