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Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

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The partition of India, 1947, some call it vivisection as Gandhi had, has without doubt been the most wounding trauma of the twentieth century. It has seared the psyche of four plus generations of this subcontinent. 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

Hardcover, 674 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Rupa (first published August 1st 2009)
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Jul 16, 2012 Rishika rated it liked it
Jinnah has forever been painted as the villain of India's partition in 1947, the man who stabbed the Indians in the back and walked away with a fifth of the ancient country's landmass. He's reviled as. The traitor who created Pakistan, which has ever since been a festering wound in India's nationhood.

But Jaswant Singh, finally, shows there were several players more culpable - the British, the Congress Party leaders such as M.K Gandhi and fundamentalist Muslim and Hindu leaders. He gives us a br
Mansoor Azam
Jan 18, 2012 Mansoor Azam rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
Coming from Jaswant Singh, an old hand in Indian politics this one is a treat for anyone who wants to know about Jinnah. I had definite doubts about this one and thought an Indian can't do justice to the great man.

But as i started i was in for the ultimate treat considering the few and far efforts in recent times by men in power corridors. the book and its theme just got me more and more into it. In a way i'll admit that i got a whole new picture of Jinnah in Indian politics, "his role as an Am
This is probably the most honest book covering the period of the Indian independence struggle that I have read so far. 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.
Jaswant Singh has tried to bring to the forefront the hidden mechanics and negotiations that went on behind the partitioning of India and the reasons that pushed Ji
Nov 30, 2009 Atif rated it liked it
Reading this books took me down the memory lane, when I was a student in college and had a pretty heavy subject of Pakistan Studies. Pretty much everything I have studied on indo-pak partition is present in this book. What I found intresting is the detail Jaswant went on explaining the relationship between the trio - Jinnah Gandhi and Nehru. The book in the middle becomes a bit too detail and complex I guess the author wanted to capture every bit of event that happend in the last 5 years before ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Sameer rated it really liked it
One of the best writeups on the whole partition and Jinnah. Of course there is lot to the misery and mystery that will probably remain..

Jaswant Singh hs put an honest effort in this.
Rahul Khanna
Jul 29, 2012 Rahul Khanna rated it it was ok
I was reading a book by Bipin Chandra, India's struggle for freedom. In that book whenever the name of Jinnah came I felt a tickling going in my body which prodded me to read this book which was resting in my bookshelf for last five months. I picked this book before finishing the book in my hand. First few pages was very interesting but after that it became boring to ad nauseam. I am not scholar to understand this so called scholarly researched and detailed book but I unravel the basic informati ...more
Siddharth Sharma
Its a good book,certainly not in the 'great' category,but good and to the point.

As far as I know Jinnah was as not a religious man in personal life. He ate pork, drank wine and it is widely believed that his counterpart Mahatma Gandhi knew more verses of Qoran than him.

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, though flawed in some important issues, should always be r
Penandinkpot Uzma
Dec 30, 2012 Penandinkpot Uzma rated it really liked it
After interviewing my grandmother,her brother, uncles, various other relatives and friends and getting various perspectives and as an individual who has little knowledge except what relatives who went through this partition--as I am the grandchild and child of partition grandparents and parents-- although raised in Canada and the USA, this book is a great overview of a history and a perspective by the author who was in the ministry during this period.
Jan 07, 2010 Jrohde rated it liked it
Finally finished this tome after 18 months of picking it up and putting it down. 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. 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 re ...more

Jaswant Singh has come a long way from his home in the desert districts of Rajasthan. Commissioned in the Indian Army when barely nineteen, he went through two wars whilst in service (1962 and 1965) before resigning his commission to pursue a political career. He has served seven terms in Parliament, and, in the BJP-led governments of 1996 and 1998-2004, held charge of six ministries of the Government of India, inclu
Jan 07, 2010 Zainab added it
so far it is extremely well-written and showcasing Jinnah as an extremely hard working and noble man
Aziz Khan
Oct 28, 2011 Aziz Khan is currently reading it
Shelves: indo-pak
still reading it. it seems obvious to me that this would turn out to be the third authentic book on life of Jinnah.
Sep 29, 2009 Anandh marked it as to-read
Seem to be very controversial, have to see what the author says.
Nov 18, 2009 Venu.mittal is currently reading it
pretty heavy one.
Anil Swarup
Nov 26, 2015 Anil Swarup rated it really liked it
The book is more about India's partition than about Jinnah. However, as the chief architect of this vivisection he deserved to be the chief protagonist. Hence, perhaps the title of the book. The book is very well researched and the analyses quite objective. The focus is on the later years of Jinnah and the period when the the clamour for partition came to the fore. The author examines "How and why this 'ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity', the liberal constitutionalist, an Indian nationalist" went ...more
Rajiv Chopra
Mar 16, 2015 Rajiv Chopra rated it really liked it
This is an extremely good book. It starts with an excellent question - why were the invasions of the Turks, Afghans etc called Muslim invasions and not territorial invasions. This is clearly indicative of the bias that has pervaded much of Indian history through the last decades.

Jaswant Singh proceeds in a gentle manner, clearly unfolding the events of the times. He clearly explains how Jinnah moved from being a champion of Hindu-Muslim unity and nationhood to a champion of Pakistan. The roles t
Sharat Bandlur
Aug 04, 2014 Sharat Bandlur rated it really liked it
The patronage of congress in demonizing individuals is not a recently acquired one but is in the roots of the congress right from its establishment. I personally feel after reading this book that its not only Jinnah who was the prime reason for India's partition but also Nehru and Patel and also to some extent Gandhi who pioneered this catastrophe.
Taste your own bitter fruit when you yourself planted the seeds!
A very en lighting book about the partition.In the early chapter the writer establishes the differences between the two nations which later on became the base of partition.Later on the writer discusses that if the two nation theory was right then why creation of Bengal happened.
A very good book highlighting the arguments of the other side as well.A must read and as all ways A Good Read.
Humzah Yazdani
Jul 20, 2014 Humzah Yazdani rated it liked it
Jinnah has been a major inspiration in my life and is one person I absolutely love knowing more about. Of course when Jaswant Singh, who belonged to the BJP party (an anti-Pakistan, staunch Hindu political party), wrote about Jinnah he got everyone's intrigue. However, to my disappointment, his writing style is extremely dry and never grabs the attention of the reader.
Imran Aslam
Dec 27, 2014 Imran Aslam rated it really liked it
One may agree to Jaswant Singh's opinions in the book or not but indeed it is an honest en devour for which Mr Singh must be appreciated and recognized.
Rahul Khanduri
Oct 17, 2014 Rahul Khanduri rated it really liked it
I like the book .its full of many detail documents.
I sometime confuse about some events but reread gives clearence.
Jun 17, 2014 Manu rated it really liked it
It studies the reasons behind the partition of India and Pakistan and explores the various factors that aided it to occur. The Nehru Gandhi relation and Gandhi Jinnah relation are visible
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Jaswant Singh is an Indian politician. He belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party and has held many portfolios in the national cabinet including Finance, External Affairs and Defence during the NDA regime (1998 to 2004). He was also the Leader of Opposition from 2004 to 2009 in the Rajya Sabha and the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India(1998–99). Known for his moderate political view ...more
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