Arun Shourie’s review of “After Effects”

I have great amount of respect for Shri Arun Shourie but I think the concluding part of his Indian Express article is worthless but perhaps helps him let off some steam. You can read Shri Shourie’s preceding article here.

However this is what I find much more disconcerting and it makes my heart sink deeper than it has sunk. I mean, what kind of numbskulls has Hindu society tolerated in it’s midst?

“Jinnah had many facets. If you look at history, he was once associated with Lokmanya Tilak and was totally committed to undivided India,” Sudarshan said when asked if he considered the Muslim League leader secular.

“And when Gandhiji started the Khilafat movement, with the idea that currently we are opposing the British and if Muslims join in then their support will help gain independence. But at that time Jinnah opposed it saying that if the Caliph in Turkey has been dethroned, what has India got to do with it. That time nobody listened to him, which saddened him. So, he quit the Congress and left for England and only returned in 1927.”

“After returning in 1927, Britishers brainwashed Jinnah and prompted him to put forth the demand for a separate state of Pakistan for Muslims,” Sudarshan added. (End Quote)

It’s not that i’m exhibiting blind hatred toward anybody who has good words for MA Jinnah. It’s not that at all. I can appreciate an argument well put and to my mind MA Jinnah was not wrong in demanding Pakistan. He did what was the most natural thing a Muslim could do around that period. What I vehemently object to is to grab at any and every straw in the wind and exclaim – “Jinnah was inherently nationalist until somebody or someone changed him!”


And Shri Mohan Bhagwat has no business shielding his worthless predecessor unless he too is as confused.

– Namaste


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