Monday, August 17, 2009

Idle historical approximations

[Nehru, Jinnah responsible for Partition: Jaswant - HIS STORY:
Jaswant Singh sheds light on the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
Indian Express In an interview to a private news channel on Saturday Singh said "Jinnah was demonized by India while it was actually India"s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's belief in a centralized polity that led to partition."
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Jaswant Singh - Indian Express Book on Jinnah likely to change discourse in India - If I were not drawn to the personality I wouldn't have written the book. It's an intricate, complex personality, of great character and determination, ... 'We needed to make a demon of Jinnah... Let's learn from our mistakes'
Business Standard - Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh's biography of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, out today, promises to be much-discussed. He talks about it to Karan Thapar ...
RSS disagrees with Jaswant Singh's views on Jinnah Times of India RSS, BJP disagree Jaswant's contention on Jinnah Press Trust of India Economic Times - Business Standard - Express Buzz - Hindustan Times all 116 news articles »हिंदी में]

[No Reason To Celebrate Independence from ANTIDOTE by Sauvik
There is little point in celebrating independence from the Brits unless we simultaneously come to grips with the fact that Congress rule and socialism for these 62 years has been an unmitigated disaster. A
column in Mint by Aakar Patel on this occasion is therefore essential reading. He writes:
The British left in 1947, and they left too soon. We celebrate Independence Day, but another six decades of dependence as Great Britain’s colony would have been good for us. We could have learnt how to run cities. No harm in admitting what is obvious for all to see: We cannot even manage traffic. Mumbai, not Hong Kong, would have been the centre for finance in Asia, instead of the second-rate city it has become since the British left.]

[A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs ... 15 Aug 2009
Hindu-Muslim Unity in Sri Aurobindo's Light by Dr. Mangesh Nadkarni by Raman Reddy [One of the worst statements in the Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs is that Sri Aurobindo and his colleagues “have to take their share of the blame” for the partition of India, and that he never gave enough attention to the communal problem, which was the cause of it. Apart from this “wise” and uncorroborated conclusion being retrospective by about sixty years, Heehs certainly seems to know how it could have been avoided – by Muslim appeasement, of course. It is the Hindus who should have been blamed for communal politics and not the Muslims. At the most, blame them both. Most Westerners, not knowing the intricacies of secular and religious politics of India, fall for these puerile politically correct statements. The real problem is much more complex than Hindu bashing or Muslim bashing. The late Dr Mangesh Nadkarni explains this many-sided problem and offers a solution to it in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s writings in this excellent monograph published as a booklet in 1996 by the Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry.]

[e) It should be remembered that by weakness and cowardice one can never conciliate Islam. Hinduism should be more dynamic and world-affirming and revive its commitment to the ideal of making our terrestrial life perfect. More clearly and decisively than ever before, Hinduism should rise above mere religiosity and reveal its true nature as a spiritual culture; only then will it be able to fulfil its historic mission of showing to the world how to fuse spiritually with other religions on a vast scale. Hindu-Muslim Unity in Sri Aurobindo's Light by Dr. Mangesh Nadkarni]

[Re: India’s Independence and the Spiritual Destiny: Part F by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Fri 31 Jul 2009 10:20 AM IST Profile Permanent Link
Regardless of what The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have said from time to time during the last Century, can we agree on certain policies at present as regards Pakistan?
 That it is a nation apart and we respect its sovereignty,  We should not be unduly interested in its internal affair; and  Bilateral trade and people-to-people contact should be our primary concern. TNM
Reply --Posted to Savitri Era on 31 Jul 2009]

Jaswant Singh and Jinnah mercifully conspire to vivify the publishing industry. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs could not keep date with the Delhi Book Fair commencing on 29th, alas! [TNM]

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