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. Excerpts from Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh, the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader whose views on the. In an interview on the eve of the launch of his book on Jinnah, Singh took a divergent stand from the Sangh as well as popular Indian.

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Those burning ‘whys’ of the last sixty-two years, which bedevil us still. Nov 26, Anil Swarup rated it really liked it. A very en lighting book about the partition.

A thorough study of all events lead towards the partition of the Subcontinent. The author bkok that the act of partition cannot be simply attributed to an individual but was the product of jaewant intransigence of the Indian National Congress, flawed colonial policies of the British, and the persistence of the Jinnah-led Muslim league.

He clearly explains how Jinnah moved from being a champion of Hindu-Muslim unity and nationhood to a champion of Pakistan.

Such is indeed the dilemma of every honest person tenaciously clinging to his ideas in the face of unrelenting opposition. There is a whole chapter on Islam’s hook and I don’t understand why.

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 jinnab 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 jinnaah rift between the two communities for their own narrow gains and the haphazard manner in which it was finally executed.


Even jaswwnt 70 years same kind sinh politics continues to be played. It’s one thing to speak of Nehru’s ‘virulent’ dislike of Jinnah, but quite another to use it as a double-edged weapon to serve the ends of recorded history and, at the same time, project Jinnah in an unflattering light. However, this not the sort language one would use for someone he wishes to glorify.

Review by Iqbal Jassat.

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.

Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina set for landslide win as opposition demands new vote. The roles that the great Indian politicians played in causing the division of India into India and Pakistan has been clearly explained. Within a few pages. Read this book slowly and try to observe every single event.

Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

Also what now of Pakistan? 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. The struggle against British colonialism of India and the subsequent division of the Indian sub-continent resulting in the creation of Pakistan as chronicled by various historians remains hotly contested given the contrasting viewpoints of competing ideologues.

For instance, he insisted on equal numerical representation for the League in the provincial government planned and also demanded that the Congress should not nominate any Muslim, as he was the primary spokesperson for Muslims in India. Updated December 30, Prisoner accord If Pakistan hopes to bring back to own prisons people sentenced abroad, it is even more reason to reform jail system.

Believe me, if you are not scholar,this is a boring book and writing maswant has power to put you to sleep after reading 10 pages. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Jinnah’s one singular trait, his one unpardonable sin, was his stark and unvarnished candour which was little understood and even less appreciated by others.


After reading this book, I can see why Jaswant Singh had to face such a barrage of criticism, even expulsion from his party. 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.

Right till the end, Jinnah leaves the definition of Pakistan open.

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He also had no love lost for the Muslims. 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”. A must read and as all ways A Good Read.

Iqbal Jassat is an acclaimed writer, analyst and commentator and one of the founder members of MRN. He gives us a jaswnat account of the machinations and mistakes oof happened behind the scenes as well as revealing a fascinating collection of correspondence between Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah and all the various Viceroys of India. What I found intresting is the detail Jaswant went on explaining the relationship between the trio – Jinnah Gandhi and Nehru.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Party atmosphere set to sweep across major cities in Asia and other continents as the clock ticks past midnight. Jaswant Singh has come a long way from his home in the desert districts of Rajasthan.

In the next chapter, it moves from Jinnah’s birth to his disputes in Congress and with Tilak.