Partition in 1947 was a grave mistake: Dr Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI: Partition of India in 1947 was a grave mistake, which was inspired less by the will of the people and more by the motivation of political self interest of a handful of individuals who were in a hurry to reach the top of hierarchy, even if that was at the cost of the division of the sub-continent followed by the history's biggest ever exchange of population and the genocide in the aftermath.

This forthright and hitherto rarely expressed view was stated by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in his address as chief guest after releasing two books based on Jammu & Kashmir related thoughts of ideologue and thinker Indresh Kumar, published by Prabhat Prakashan. Dr Subramanian Swamy, MP and Prof. (Dr.) Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Himachal Pradesh were also present on the occasion.

Quoting instances from history, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the coming generations of historians will definitely record the partition of Indian sub-continent as one of the gravest mistakes in recent centuries. He said, the irony is that the argument to have a separate Islamic State for Muslims in the name of Pakistan failed to find favour even with prominent Muslim intellectuals, scholars and littérateurs of that time. He referred to Progressive Writers' Forum comprising prominent Muslim brains like Kaifi Azmi, Mohsin Bhopali, Akbar Allahabadi, Ismat Chugtai and Sahir Ludhianvi who had vociferously and outrightly opposed the partition, but were overruled by the political ambition of politicians like Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Denouncing the concept of two-nation theory, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the birth of Bangladesh within just 25 years of the partition not only negated this theory, but also vindicated the argument that division of India and creation of Pakistan on the basis of religion was a misguided venture which had miserably backfired.

As far as J&K is concerned, Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated his view that J&K is as much a State of Indian Union as any other State like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He said there is no issue like Kashmir issue and the need of the hour is to change the discourse and to set an agenda of debate for others to respond. He said, even the Congress and Kashmir-centric Parties like National Conference are privy to the 1994 unanimously passed Parliamentary Resolution stating that if at all there is any outstanding issue as far as J&K is concerned, it is only that of retrieving the part of the State which continues to remain under illegal occupation of Pakistan and is referred to as Pak occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK).

The Modi Government, said Dr Jitendra Singh, has for the first time initiated a decisive approach in Kashmir to put an end to the sponsored militancy and manufactured freedom struggle. He reiterated that the youth of Kashmir are keen to Copied from Jammu links news avail of the enormous opportunities and avenues made available by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and do not wish to deprive themselves when youth from other parts of the country are benefitted by these.

Indresh ji acknowledged the contribution of Prabhat Publishers in bringing out a book based on his thoughts on Jammu & Kashmir. He hoped that his recorded views would help in inspiring the countrymen across the community lines, including Hindus and Muslims, to appreciate the right perspective in the right context.

 

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