Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jaswant Singh's Book on Jinnah

Indian politics always throws up its own twists and turns, like a soap opera. The latest episode is sarrounding Jaswant Singh, his book on Jinnah, his expulsion from BJP and in the process a lot of proverbial washing of dirty linen in public

The book will sell a few thousand extra copies thanks to all the hue and cry. The author plans to travel to Pak to promote the book. The Indian/Pak diaspora itself can help the publishers generate a decent sales numbers.

We can not and should not deprive Jaswant Singh of his freedom of speech and expression. Let us be matured enough to look at the book purely from the final product. What is important is the quality of the work. How much of research has gone into it and does the book give references to the research-sources ?

(ICHR) Chairman S Sabyaschi Bhattacharya has said, " There is nothing novel in the book. Many authors and historians have already stated that Jinnah was not in favour of partition or creation of Pakistan,"

Unfortunately there is lot of bad-mouthing of our national leaders, Gandhiji, Nehru and Patel, apart from Jinnah. Again, let us not forget what they have done. They also may have committed mistakes. Also, we need take cognisance of the volatile situation at that point of time. Let us analyse so as to learn and move on. These events should generate the right debate so that the two nations mature as democracies, true to the dreams of their founding fathers.

3 comments:

Mortgage Friend said...

Very true. Organisations are getting more worried with public image rather than looking at it as personal opinion. Adding to that media overplays. At least i have decided to buy and read not only this book but others to get a real perspective

Vishwanath Seshadri said...

Jaswant has an alternate career in writing !! Whether it is factual or a fiction of his imagination is irrelavent.

In any case, history is written by the people who are the rulers. No one knows what really happened in the past. We need to see the past only from the context of evolving into better people...

BASELIUS BUDDIES said...

Controversy hovered him when he was accused of illegal drug possession after he allegedly offered milk laced with opium (kesar), to his guests at his ancestral house during a function called "Riyan" in October last year. Now it’s all about the way he deciphered history. Any ways stimulus to boost book sale....any hubbub is free ads...