WASHING DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC BY BJP
Prof Dr Colonel K Prabhakar Rao ( Retired)
The BJP in fact is washing dirty linen in public. The episode of book of Mr Jaswant Singh the former central minister is the glaring example and it has created great uproar in the party and finally resulted in sending him packing ( 1) into winds and oblivion. His thirty years of painful slogging after quitting Indian army as Captain vanished in a flick of moment. Mr Jaswant singh although appears to be composed and brave probably, wrote his earlier book about his army career and his views on army were much disliked. There were scores of unsavoury comments on the site Pragmatic euphony by Army officers retired and serving with pseudo names. The book was very much discussed on the web site Pragmatic Euphony…..Jaswant Singh.. Indian army better awaken to reality…. ( 2) ( One my read on site and feel happy too). Most of the commentators that were army guys ( retired and some serving too writing under fictitious names) were much offended and were hostile too. Mr Jaswant Singh was dubbed in unpleasant terms. However Mr Singh decided to write the book much after he left the portfolio as Defense Minister. There were responses in his favor too. However the present book is much serious and disturbed Hornets nest.
What prompted him to write the book? He tried to dig skeletons and exhume rotten buried bodies out of graves. In fact, the truths of partition are still submerged in thick mist and actual facts are not known (Infact hidden). The congress party takes credit for leading the nation under the leadership of MK Gandhi towards independence. Although there is some truth in this, the sacrifices of others such as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and other revolutionaries including Sardar Bhagat singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandra Sekhar Azad, Ramprasad Bismil, Uddham singh ( Mohammed Singh Azad) and many others can not be ignored and brushed under carpet. The World War II and its crippling effect on great Britain was the greatest factor forcing England to part with India although Sir Winston Churchil the Prime Minister was much against granting independence to India ( 3). India got independence only after departure of Sir Winston Churchill and during the tenure of Mr Atlee.
What really happened that forced Muslims to opt for a separate nation remained an intriguing question all these days. Every one wanted to avoid this question. Probably Mr Jaswant Singh tried to answer this question in his book. The most important seed for separatism was infact sown by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan ( 1817-1892) the founder of Aligarh Muslim university. He is much glorified in India by Muslims. He wrote (4):-
“UNDER A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM OF GOVT WHICH FORMS THE IDEAL OF THE CONGRESS LEADERS, THE LARGER COMMUNITY WOULD FULLY OVERRIDE THE INTERESTS OF THE SMALLER COMMUNITY”
Poet Iqbal was the next Muslim gentleman who suggested for formation of a Muslim State. In a 1930 lecture, Iqbal suggested the creation of a separate state for the Muslims of India. Although Iqbal died in 1938, nine years before the formation of Pakistan in 1947, it was his ideas that have been the main force behind the creation of Pakistan (5).
Thus we see that it was Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was the first one to sow the seed of hatred between Hindus and Muslims followed by Poet Iqbal in 1930 from which advantage was taken by the cunning and clever Jinnah at a later date. In fact, the first two were the bigger villains to put straight in this murky game of partition and probably Jinnah deserves slightly lesser degree of condemnation than them. It is very sad that these two men who were infact behind formation of Pakistan are much glorified in India every day and Indian army and other uniformed forces of India unfortunately march to the tune of Iqbal’s song every day. In central schools this song is much glorified. Netaji’s songs of INA are rather taboo in this country. That is the part of much debated India’s secularism (Pseudo?).
In Hyderabad Sir Syed Ahmed Khan memorial lectures are being conducted regularly at Nampally at Sir Syed Ahmed Khan hall. Earlier Mir Osman Ali Khan Asif Jha, Nizam 7( former ruler of Hyderabad state) memorial lectures were conducted and after some objections and hue and cry, it was changed to the present one. It is well known to all that Nizam 7 abetted Razakars under Kasim Razvi and unleashed a wave of terror agsint hindu population in the state with an intention of staying independent after 1947 and finally he was deposed by Police action in 1948 and the state became part of india. Probably it was agreed that these two were slightly less danger than the Nizam 7.
Nizam 7 although was good builder of buildings, osmainia university and few reservoirs and thus had some credits in his own way ( He was also considered a poet in urdu in his own way), he abetted Razakars and the crimes committed by them along with the rascal and Islamic fundamentalist Kasim Razvi. Some credit must be given to Nizam for his earlier good activities as a ruler. But this will not absolve him from the crimes committed by his Razakars and for his policies of inability against activities of Razakars. He wanted to remain independent as a ruler while Sir Khan and Iqbal were the master minds behind partition that was a bigger crime in fact than what Nizam did. Unfortunately these two men were accomplished men in their spheres of activities but they did not rise over the narrow outlook of Islam and tolerance towards Hindus. But those men died much earlier after doing the damage and poisoning the minds of Muslims in India. Gandhi’s slogan Hindu Muslim Bhai..Bhai just vanished into thin air inspite of his loud chest beating and singing Ramdhun at pitch of the voice everywhere and every time.
Then comes the role of Jinnah in this murky affair of partition who did practical implementation of the plan of the earlier men. It is essential to know the sequence of events in general before partition of India.
1. BBC NEWS | South Asia | India state bans book on Jinnah
20 Aug 2009..
2.Pragmatic euphony..Jaswant Singh. Indian army awaken to reality, http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=+Pragmatic+Euphony..Jaswant+singhs++on+Indian+army+&btnG=Search&meta=&aq=f&oq=
3.Dr K Prabhakar Rao, Strategic studies in Muslim fundamentalism its rise in india and its growing threat to India security across the borders, PhD( strategic studies) thesis, 2003
4. Majumdar, RC Roy Chaudhry, Kalikinkar datta,Advanced history of India, St Martins press, New York, edition III, 1967, PP 893
5. Mohad Iqbal, http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:ZxpPbh5j3bEJ:www.whereincity.com/india/great-indians/freedom-fighters/muhammad-iqbal.php+Poet+Iqbal+suggested+formation+of+a+Muslim+State+in+1930&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=in