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Tuesday, September 01, 2009 04:11:54 PM, ANI

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Gujarat Government on a petition filed by expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh challenging the ban on his book -- Jinnah: India, Partition-Independence.


The Narender Modi-led BJP government in Gujarat had banned his Jaswant Singh's book alleging that it defamed the country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.


"Jaswant Singh's book questions role of Sardar Patel during the partition of India as well as his patriotic spirit.

This is an attempt to tarnish the image of Patel who is considered the architect of modern united India," a statement issued by the state government had said.


"It is a bid to defame Patel by distorting historical facts. So, the state government has decided to ban the book with immediate effect for wider public interest. As per the ban, there cannot be sale, distribution or publication of the book in the state," it said.


"The book has been banned because it contains defamatory references regarding Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is considered as the architect of the modern India," a senior minister in the state government had said.


The ban on Jaswant's book came after he was expelled from the party during its Chintan Baithak in Shimla more than a fortnight ago.


Singh’s book, which has created a furore in India, is selling like hot cakes in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.


Booksellers in the two cities had imported more than 3,000 copies on Saturday and sold them out by Monday morning.


Not only intellectuals, but people from different strata of society have also shown interest in the book, in which Singh has praised Jinnah and described him as a leader who had strong faith in united India, while blaming Sardar Patel for the partition in 1947.


 “I have never seen such a response to any author in about 30 years of being in the book selling business,” a shopkeeper in Rawalpindi told Online.


“My basic purpose of buying this book is just to know what compelled the BJP to expel one of its senior leaders having a long association with the party,” said a reader.


The sale of the book is good; in fact it is better than that of any other book at the moment,” said another Islamabad-based bookseller.


Earlier, a famous book store in Lahore sold 100 copies of the book in a single day which indicates how eager the Pakistanis are to know the reason what prompted the BJP to expel the former Foreign Minister and end his 30 year long association with the party.


“We had received 100 copies on last Wednesday. All the copies were sold out the same day. Now we expect more copies on Saturday,” said Rana Saeed, the owner of the shop.


Excited by the response the book has received, its publishers are already considering to bring out an Urdu version of the book.


Singh was expected to visit Pakistan to launch the book, but his son Manvendra Singh said his father has not applied for a visa, and as far as he knew. (ANI)









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Jaswant Singh did not blame Jinnah for the partition of India.In fact. Jinnah is to be blamed as he was firm on dividing India. Allama Mashriqi told Jinnah that partition would be harmful for the people of Indian subcontinent, but Jinnah refused to listen. Nasim Yousaf, Mashriqi's grandson, has written in detail on the subject in his book ("Hidden Facts Behind British India's Freedom: A Scholarly Look into Allama Mashraqi and Quaid-e-Azam's Political Conflict"). Every Indian and Pakistani must read it.


Salma (by e-mail)

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It speaks of a fascist mind. No book should be banned.

Zahid Mohammad (by e-mail)

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Who says BJP tasted humiliating defeat? In recent election even Indian media was not defeated who ignored that various trusted BJP allies shifted from NDA to Congress’ lead UPA.

Much more than BJP’s own expectation it touched the tally of 116 deputies on its own. The Congress under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh served as one of the best governance in last few decades with almost negligible charges of corruption.

The much reported ‘Chintan-Manthan’ and internal strife within the ranks and file in BJP seems another ploy shrewdly being relayed to keep aging BJP alive. See how Vedanta Raje Scindia and Rajnath Singh amicably settled down the ‘dispute’?

The newfound love of Jinnah’s secularism after 60 years, first from Advani Ji and now from Jaswant Singh blaming more Pandit Nehru on partition of India, I wonder it is to malign the chances of 4-5th younger dynasty of Nehru.

Indian Muslims have nothing to do to sort out who actually be blamed on unfortunate division of India nor rehabilitating Jinnah’s image will yield any harvest of Muslim’s support for BJP or any other political party.

Whether BJP or Congress either way in power of or in opposition ironically, over a decade, Muslim Scholars and Seminaries has the thrust to denounce ‘Islamic’ terrorism and they are religiously and loudly condemning the terrorism at every podium and forums.

By and large Indian Muslims are as patriotic, loyal, peace loving and law abiding citizenry as any other compatriots from other faiths.

SMS Reza (by e-mail)


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Interesting indeed!

Now that jaswant singh has put this in black n white will the BJP stop demonising the Muslims???

It is perhaps the first time anyone in India has dared to say this in a book...but some years back a rtd prof in UP had told me during a casual conversation and i was surprised when he said it was actually nehru's lust for power, and the British avenging their humiliation at having to leave India, that created pakistan...and the Kashmir problem!

Whatever it was Indian muslims have paid (and are still paying) a high price for it and the guilt of Partion that has been inflicted on us ever since has taken its toll...

Zohra Javed (by e-mail)



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