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In Jinnah: India Partition Independence, former Minister of Finance and External Affairs, Jaswant Singh, attempts to understand why the partition between India and Pakistan occurred at all and who was the actual mastermind behind this plan. It reveals the timeline of events that eventually contributed to the creation of the two separate nations, India and Pakistan. By writing this book, Singh forces readers to critically examine Nehru's role in the division, and considers Jinnah as a federalist who was concerned about inclusivity.
Singh presents several citations about Jinnah's role. He states that Jinnah started as an ambassador for Muslim-Hindu unity, but later became the only spokesperson for all Muslims. This was one of the contributing factors that led to the development of Pakistan. Singh also tries to examine where the roots of dividing a nation between Hindus and Muslims into two separate nations originated from.
In Jinnah: India Partition Independence, Singh presents some controversial statements such as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's policy, which was responsible for the Partition and that Jinnah was unfortunately portrayed as a traitor who was solely responsible for the Partition. This book is well documented, and perhaps more heavily criticized than others because it is by a politician and policy maker, who is also an Indian.
The book was published in the year 2009.
About Jaswant Singh
Jaswant Singh is an Indian author and a politician who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He has authored several books. Some of these titles are Conflict & Diplomacy, The Audacity Of Opinion: Reflections, Journeys, Musings, Our Republic Post 6 December 1992: A Dialogue, Travels In Transoxiana, and Till Memory Serves. Singh uses a narrative style of writing, backed by well documented evidence, to lend support to his judgements.
He was born in Jasol in Rajasthan in the year 1938. Singh has held many positions in the National Cabinet. At present, he acts as the representative for the Darjeeling Parliamentary Constituency. Singh served in the Indian Army as an officer. He was also the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India, and the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He is married to Mrs. Sheetal Kumari and the couple has two sons.