Contents: List of illustrations. Acknowledgements. Introduction: A complex opening. 1. India and Islam. 2. Jenabhai to Jinnah: the journey. 3. The Turbulent twenties. 4. Sharpening focus -- narrowing options. 5. A short decade -- a long end game. 6. Sunset of the empire -- post-dated cheque on a collapsing bank . 7. A war of succession -- diverging paths. 8. Stymied negotiations? 9. Mountbatten Viceroyalty: the end of the Raj. 10. Pakistan: birth -- independence: the Quaid-e-Azam s last journey. 11. In retrospect. Appendices. Endnotes. Index. "No Indian or Pakistani politician/Member of Parliament has ventured an analytical, political biography of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, about whom views necessarily get divided as being either hagiographical or additional demonology. The book attempts an objective evaluation. Jaswant Singh s experience as a minister responsible for the conduct of India s foreign policy, managing the country s defence (concurrently), had been uniformly challenging (Lahore Peace Process; betrayed at Kargil; Kandahar; The Agra Peace Summit; the attack on Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and the Indian Parliament; coercive diplomacy of 2002; the peace overtures reinitiated in April 2003). He asks where and when did this questionable thesis of Muslims as a separate nation first originate and lead the Indian sub-continent to? And where did it drag Pakistan to? Why then a Bangladesh? Also what now of Pakistan? Where is it headed? This book is special; it stands apart, for it is authored by a practitioner of policy, an innovator of policies in search of definitive answers. Those burning whys of the last sixty-two years, which bedevil us still. Jaswant Singh believes that for the return of lasting peace in South Asia there is no alternative but to first understand what made it abandon us in the first place. Until we do that, a minimum, a must, we will never be able to persuade peace to return. (From book jacket)
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Jaswant Singh (born 3 January 1938) is an Indian politician. He is from the Indian State of Rajasthan and was an officer in the Indian Army in the 1960s. He served as Finance minister in the short-lived government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which lasted just from 16 May 1996, to 1 June 1996. After Vajpayee became Prime Minister again two years later, he became Minister for External Affairs of India, serving from 5 Dec. 1958 until 1 July 2002. Responsible for the foreign policy, he dealt with high tensions between India and Pakistan. In July 2002, he became Finance Minister again, switching posts with Yashwant Sinha. He served as Finance Minister until the defeat of the Vajpayee government in May 2004 and was instrumental in defining and pushing through the market-friendly reforms of the government. Known for his moderate political views, he is a self-described liberal democrat even though the Bharatiya Janata Party is often described as a right-wing nationalist organization. He was conferred the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for the year 2001. On 19 August 2009, he was expelled from BJP after criticism over his remarks in this book.Review:
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
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Descripción Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. ?Lord Mountbatten: I tried every trick I could play. to shake Jinnah`s resolve?.Nothing would?move him from his consuming determination to realise the dream of Pakistan.The date I chose (for Independence) came out of the blue. I was determined to show I was master of the whole event.? Printed Pages: 460. Nº de ref. de la librería 28827
Descripción Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. â€˜Lord Mountbatten: I tried every trick I could play. to shake Jinnah`s resolveâ€¦.Nothing wouldâ€¦move him from his consuming determination to realise the dream of Pakistan.The date I chose (for Independence) came out of the blue. I was determined to show I was master of the whole event.â€™ Printed Pages: 460. Nº de ref. de la librería 28827
Descripción Rupa & Co. Estado de conservación: New. pp. 674. Nº de ref. de la librería 8325433