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Jinnah India-partition Independence (Urdu) Paperback – 10 Jan 2009


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  • Paperback: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa & Co (10 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 812911660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129116604
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is well researched and the author has argued his case in a manner that makes readers question their assumptions. That in itself suffices as a raison d'etre for this important project, which deserves - and is likely to attract - a wide readership. (Amit Julka, South Asia Research)

A very important book (Eastern Eye)

Unique [and] well-documented (Salil Tripathi, The Independent)

Botehr historically and politically, [Singh's] is a remarkable study. It sheds light on the complexities of a situation which still, today, remains volatile and apparently insoluble. (Joan Stephens, Leicester Mercury) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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, including External Affairs, Defence and Finance. Regarded as an authority on Indian foreign policy and national security, Jaswant Singh is among the most respected names in the country's public life, and in the world of diplomacy.

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This is a fascinating, brave and honest book. The author has every reason to stick to the Indian 'party line' on Jinnah and all his works, but he is courageous enough to examine the facts and arrive at his own conclusions. In his account of the last two years before independence, the only people to emerge with their reputations even half-way intact are Maulana Azad and Archibald Wavell. It's a sad story of an avoidable catastrophe that could have been avoided if enough people (mainly on the Nationalist side) had risen to the challenge.
The author refuses to canonise or demonise the characters who appear. His assessments are, in the main, balanced, fair and with an inclination to be charitable. That even goes for Winston Churchill (a notorious bete noire for the Indians).
That said, this is a book that is desperately in need of an editing it never received. At times, it is very hard to decipher just what point the author is trying to make. It is one of these books with a 'cast of thousands' where the reader is assumed to know who was who. The reader who doesn't soon becomes hopelessly lost.
Is reading it worth the effort? This reviewer feels that he is a better and more informed person. So do take a deep breath and stick with it: it has its rewards.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jinnah has been an enigma for many. Initially he was a proponent of Hindu-Muslim unity but later abandoned this in favour of a separate Muslim state which became Pakistan. Ever since then, he has been demonised by Indian writers as the one who was responsible for the partition.

This book, from a BJP politician and an ex-Indian Minister, is a timely revisit by an Indian who tries to see beyond the simple politics of partition. The book asks questions which have been anathema to Indian writers and politicians in the past. The book asks difficult questions, and is objective enough to give it credibility.

A must read for readers interested in Indo-Pak history!!
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By KM on 8 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I have nearly completed reading it and I must say that I have enjoyed it.

What is striking to me is the paralysis/arguments in United India and the resulting rioting in 1940-1947. Halfway through the book, I could only manage 2-3 pages at a time and then had to stop to think and analysis what I have read.

Thank you Mr. Jaswant Singh.
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I think originally this book was written in English and then translation in Urdu.Urdu is my first language I though it would be a good idea to read this in urdu but I wish it was a better translated or I would have bought the original English version, so many spelling errors.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Hasan on 25 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
After all the hype about this book in India,it proved to be a anti climax.The author perhaps tried to describe Jinnah in context of the partition & independence of the Indian subcontinent but lost track of his subject.It is however surprising that a learned political leader lacks the philosophical & intellectual depth in treating such an hugely historical subject and relying on just reporting events to fill in the blanks.
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