This report is a welcome step towards understanding our recent history and could have huge implications for the mist that confounds South Asia. RR
LAHORE: Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a ‘great leader’ and was unfairly ‘demonised’ by India for his role in the Partition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh has said.
In an interview with CNN-IBN’s Devil’s Advocate programme, Singh credited Jinnah for having ‘created’ Pakistan. “Oh yes, because he created something out of nothing and single-handedly stood against the might of the Congress party and against the British who didn’t really like him … (Mahatma) Gandhi himself called Jinnah a great Indian. Why don’t we recognise that? Why don’t we see (and try to understand) why he called him that?” he said.
Aliens: Singh also claimed that the Muslims of India had a deep-rooted psychological insecurity, adding “We (Indians) treat them as aliens.” He claimed Muslims had “paid a price in Partition” and claimed that “they would have been significantly stronger in a united India”.
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