Pakistan was inevitable– its seeds had been sown many centuries earlier Muslim rule in “India”: Myth and reality. Pakistan Historian.
What is strange about this entire discussion is the way it has shaken the Indian psyche. Challenging the historiography of the events of 1947 is a difficult task. Many have tried it.
Rammanohar Lohia wrote a book titled “Guilty men of India’s partition” (Published by Kitabistan, 1960). However that earlier work was largely ignored by those who find it easier to be in the age old comfort zone–demonizing Jinnah, by corollary all Muslims and by extension Islam for all the problems that face Bharat today.Jaswan’t Singh has stirred literally typed up a storm (pun intended). The book, like all books will bring out the best and the worst. Some will use it to confirm their pre-existing bigoted notions. Others will let it be water off a ducks back. A few will change their mind. Based on the comments on our site, the Bharati psyche has been shaken but not stirred. Many of our Bharati readers still see Jinnah as a antagonists, and the Pakistani readers see him as an protagonist of 1947.
We of course do not agree with Singh’s lament about what he calls “partition”. We don’t think of 1947 a cataclysmic event. We think of it as a natural extension of the wranglings of the 570 states that were in existence in South Asia before the British arrived in South Asia in 1757. Many states of the Indus banded together to renew their pledge to continue to live together. The states on the Ganges were coerced or decided to live on the banks of the Ganges. The states on the Brahmaputra later decided to live independently on the banks of the Bay of Bengal.
Mohmmad Ali Jinnah did not create facts on the ground. The Muslim population rejected various other messages thrown at them, and conscripted Mohammad Ali Jinnah (After he resigned from the Indian National Congress and left for England) and brought him back. This was not mere accident of history. It was a complex mixture of divine providence, manifest destiny and the wishes of the Mussalmans of South Asia.
If Jinnah did not exist, the Muslims of South Asia would have created him. He was not imposed on the people. His plans were not artificts from his library. As a good attorney he represented the Muslims to the best of his ability–taking into consideration the wishes of the people of South Asia. After he was repeatedly elected by the Muslim League to represent the Muslims.
The Indian National Congress (INC) with all its machinery could not eliminate the Muslim League. The INC could manufacture consent by marketing a relatively unknown failed attorney from South Africa. The INC could bring in religious symbols to encourage the RSS into proposing the Ram Raj. But the INC could not eliminate Mohammad Ali Jinnah by drumming out the Muslims from the INC.
- This is the map of the Indus Valley Civilization which existed 5000 years ago on the banks of the Indus. This represent the Indus Pakistanis (see Indus Saga by Ahtizaz Ahsan). The IVC was not Hindu. They buried their dead, wrote a non-Sanskirt pictographic language, ate beef, did not know the horse, wre not vegetarian, wrote right to left, did not know the horse (No Arjun), and did not worship any of the Hindu pantheon (Arjun, Agni, Mithra, Nag). This map shows the Indus Valley Civilization which traded with the Muslim Moses in Mesopotamia. Pakistan is the latst Muslim incarnation of the IVC. The Indus people banded together to live togther as they had lived together for thousands of years. This was the contract once the Britain left. Bharat never existed as a united country–WHAT PARTITION?. This map shows the later stages of the IVC in Lothala and part sof Gujerat. The original IVC thrived only on the banks of the Indus (http://moinansari.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/pakistan-existed-5000-years-ago-as-ivc.gif)
Almost every discussion of the events of 1947 quickly degenerates into brickbats being thrown on the personalities of the leaders of the INC and the Muslim League. The Bharati temple educated point of view does not accept Pakistan. Bangladesh is brought up as a point to denigrate the Pakistani ideology. The Bharati point of view goes as follows. Since there are problems in Pakistan, therefore there should be no Pakistan and it should be absorbed back into Bharat which should extend from Kabul to Raj Kalhani (mythical land east of Hindu Bali in Indonesia). The bankruptcy of this mystical behemoth state is based on the some weird interpretation of Hindu scripture which concocts up the hallucinating notion that Qandhar somehow was mentioned in the scripture. It is historical fact, testified by meticulous Greek and Afghan records that Qandhar/Kandhar is a corruption of the Sikandar/Alexander and representsone of the hundreds of the cities named after the Macedonian. The temple educated logic doesn’t end with the fabrication about Qandhar, it continues to try to represent Buddhist and Jainism as part f Hinduism. Of course the Jains and Buddhist around the world (Korea, China, Lanka, Tibet, Vietnam) do not consider themselves as Hindus–but Hinduism tries to assimilate them within its own fold. This is the reason that Buddhism was exterminated from the place of its brith. Hinduism first eliminated Buddhism in Kashmir and other places and then tried to absorb it into the Hindu dharma. All this is rejected by the Buddhists.
The irredentist fabrication of history in Bharat does not end with the effort to incorporate Buddhism. It tries then to reach back into the Indus Valley Civilization which was certainly not Hindu in any sense of the word. The Indus valley people did not worship any of the Hindu pantheon of Gods (Agni, Mithra, Arjun, Ganesh, Shiva Lingam, Hanuman, Ram, Sita etc.), they buried their dead, did not use the Hindu Sanskrit language in any of its forms, were voracious beef eaters, did not know the horse (so no Arjun, Sita, Ram, Hanuman), were an Urban society (unlike the Hindu scriptures Kauras, Pandas, Mahabharta etc which are based on a rural society), used a pictographic language (not known to the Hindus of the Ganges Valley), did not cremate their dead, and read right to left (rather than left to right). The incapacity of the temple educated Bharatis cannot comprehend the Indus man as the modern Pakistan.
Just because John Principas concocted Ashoka as a composite figure, it doesn’t mean that he really existed. There are no records of “Ashoka” in any other text before 1837. Did Ashoka exist? Did Pandit Radhakantta create him for James Princep in 1837
In short, if Jinnah did not exist, the Muslims would have drafted another Muslim to represent them to create Pakistan.