Download PDF by Devendra Panigrahi: India's Partition: The Story of Imperialism in Retreat

By Devendra Panigrahi

According to new resource fabric to be had in either England and India, India's Partition examines the partition within the context of the retreat of the British Empire. The liberating of India from British rule used to be the results of inner forces in either nations, whereas the break up of the subcontinent alongside non secular strains served as a harbinger for issues to come back. Panigrahi argues that partition was once no longer a foregone end and used to be now not the favoured alternative for many of the most events, yet relatively was once the results of a special set of circumstances.An erudite exploration of the hugely complicated kinfolk among India and Britain prime as much as independence and the break up, India's Partition seems to be on the leaders who made far-reaching judgements - and their motivations - in this serious time.

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For one thing, partition was demanded by the Muslim League and its leader Jinnah; it was resisted until almost the end by the Indian National Congress. Second, the election of 1946 proved that the Muslim masses endorsed the Pakistan proposals by voting for the Muslim League. Third, the bitter experience of the Calcutta killings of August 1946, in the wake of the call for Direct Action, changed the entire political environment. No doubt the sensibilities of literary celebrities who were concerned more with the human dimension of the partition than the dilemma of those involved in the negotiations for sharing and transfer of power were bound to differ from historical writings.

Jiddu Krishnamurthy, regarded as an excellent exponent of Hindu philosophy, also seems to have influenced Ruttie. 37 Jinnah was bound to be distressed with these activities of Ruttie. S. Pirzada, Kanji Dwarkadas – mention these influences on Ruttie but are silent about Jinnah’s reaction to them. All of them were devotees of Jinnah and it was natural for them to gloss over the differences which seem to have wrecked the marriage. Much later, Jinnah, in a different context, was on record saying that he did not approve of ‘the Hindu way of expressing things’,38 especially by his adversary Gandhi.

INTRODUCTION allegiance away from Gandhi. In The Great Divide, he develops his thesis that the Hindu–Muslim divide dated back to the Arab invasion of Sind, and blamed the leadership of the Indian National Congress for ‘the worst errors’ which according to him paved the way for Pakistan. Wolpert recounts Congress’s ‘errors’, Gandhi’s ‘double speak’ and Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘arrogance’ and ‘impetuosity’ and several crucial statements issued by him, which seem to have tilted the balance in favour of partition.

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