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Why did this partition take place at all? Who was/is responsible – Jinnah? The Congress party? Or the British? Jaswant Singh attempts to find an answer, his an. IN his controversial book Jinnah India — Parition — Independence, Jaswant Singh writes that, ‘Jinnah was potentially kind, but in behaviour. Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence is a book written by Jaswant Singh, a former Finance Minister of India and an External Affairs Minister, on Pakistan’s.

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Jaswant Singh is an Indian politician. An absolute treat for the students of Indo-Pak history. To view it, click here. Of course when Jaswant Singh, who belonged to the BJP party an anti-Pakistan, staunch Hindu political partywrote about Jinnah he got everyone’s intrigue.

He clearly explains how Jinnah moved from being a champion of Hindu-Muslim unity and nationhood to a champion of Pakistan. In the early chapter the writer establishes the differences between the two nations which later on became the base of partition. Such is indeed the dilemma of every honest person tenaciously clinging to his ideas hy the face of unrelenting opposition. Jan 24, Glider50 added it.

However, Jaswant Singh does a commendable job of outlining the nuances of this historic personality and traces Jinnah’s transition from being an ‘ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity’ to becoming the founder of Pakistan.

As far as I know Jinnah was as not a religious man in personal life. The book is more about India’s partition than about Jinnah.

Nehru strongly advocated the theory of strong centre so he particularly blaming Nehru for partition. Just maybe, if he had lived longer, as also Mahatma Gandhi, our region could have been a different place. It is a sorry tale, where the actions of a few men caused such divisions and large scale displacement. Jul 21, Sameer rated it really liked it.


Jaswant Singh’s Jinnah appears like a small promontory in a sea of historical rehash and repetition. Author quotes many letters and reports which are very boring and lengthy. 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.

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.

While doing so, the author also provides the socio-political context and the interplay of various personalities in British Ind Muhammad Ali Jinnah is strongly associated with the Partition of India and is often viewed, on the Indian subcontinent, through the binary of good and evil. For a critique of Nehru’s often arrogant attitude towards Jinnah and the Muslim League — which was a factor in paving the way for Partition — Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s India Wins Freedom stands as the pioneering work and is unblemished by personal prejudice.

A brave jaswang from Shri Jaswant Singh. This is probably the most honest book covering the period of the Indian independence struggle that I have read so far. He also had no love lost for the Muslims.

Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

Sep 29, Anandh marked it as to-read. The author must have kept in mind the devil this idiot was. Nov 14, Ashhar rated it really liked it. Sep 21, Banwari rated it really liked it.

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Dec 30, Penandinkpot Uzma rated it really liked it. This book is special; it siingh apart, for it is authored by a practitioner of policy, an innovator of policies in search of definitive answers. In the next chapter, it moves from Jinnah’s birth to his disputes in Congress and with Tilak.

Nov 18, Venu. Regarded as an authority on Indian foreign policy and national security, Jaswant Singh is among the most respected names in the country’s public life, and in the world of diplomacy.


India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh. The British considered him as a rabid extremist with jlnnah result that he was everywhere but nowhere. Lists with This Book.

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. Why did this partition take place at all? 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: India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh is not a good story teller. Jaswant Jaswamt hs put an honest effort in this. 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. Open Preview See a Problem? 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 Jihnah.

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 jqswant 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. Dec 27, Imran Aslam rated it really liked it.