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He is moderate in his judgments and, for the most part, fair in his treatment of individuals. The only pity is that he is almost entirely wrong. On this analysis, the British favoured partition and worked successfully to achieve it because they did not trust a Congress government to provide a bulwark against Russian incursions into the area.

Only a strong, independent Pakistan could be relied on to protect the Himalayan frontiers and the rich oil fields of the Middle East.

There is evidence to support this thesis. No one can reasonably deny that the schism between Muslim and Hindu in India, though not invented by the British, was fomented by them on the principle of divide and rule.

It is also true that the senior military figures of the Raj traditionally favoured the Muslim — clean-limbed, honest fighting men — against the wily and untrustworthy Hindu. Wavell for one regularly put on record his conviction that British interests would best be protected by forging a close alliance with the Muslims and advocated withdrawing British troops into the Muslim majority areas and leaving the rest of India to stew in its own juice.

But it is a far cry from this to assuming that in such considerations bulked large in the minds of the Labour government or of Mountbatten.

In terms of his own character or according to the demands of realpolitik, this does not seem remotely probable. Still more is this true of Mountbatten. However, politics intervened to ensure division.

The Chiefs of Staff make it clear that the decision to partition was a political one but Attlee presented it as a military necessity to push it through. Complex phenomenon Partition, as we know, was the result of many complex factors.

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In other chapters, the author himself alludes to two factors other than strategic concerns: the Anglo-Muslim alliance which evolved during World War II and prepared the ground for partition and "fears about the loyalty of this Army, [which] perhaps more than any other factor, shook the foundations of the Raj".

So the primacy of strategy is merely an assertion. There are many other assertions which are questionable. This is arguable.

When Ernest Bevin said the division of India "would help to consolidate Britain in the Middle East" he meant now more troops would be available there. He did not mean that the Indian theatre would continue to be operational or that Pakistan would be a base to stop Soviet ambitions towards the South.

Moreover, Britain's ambitions as a strategic world player were illusory; it did not have the economic strength. A second contention, again incorrect, is that the role of the United States in the run-up to Indian independence has not been highlighted.

There is little new in this book about the role of the U.

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Thorne, Roger Louis, Venkataramani and Srivastava, among others, have written about these diplomatic manoeuvres, which made amusing copy, but were largely ineffective.

The author would have it that the Americans were against the division of India as it might help the Communists. However, no evidence is given.

The third assertion is that Jinnah was a puppet in British hands. Jinnah refused to let Mountbatten be Governor General, insisting on assuming the position himself, much to Mountbatten's chagrin.

He rejected Mountbatten's appeal to accept the essence of Pakistan within a loosely federated structure and stuck to his demand for a sovereign Pakistan, however moth-eaten it may be.

Jinnah was quizzed on the two-nation theory by a well-known foreign journalist: "Mr Jinnah, two nations in every village? Yet the demand was made and realised.

Assertions without evidence A fourth assertion, with little evidence, is that Congressmen were impatient to be in the saddle.Marids scrounge a download The Shadow Of The of some of the collars from le timetable.

Bangladesh Genocide: Funny thread, 21'st Century main religion based nation state ke idea main hi zyaada dum-khum nahin raha, sorry outdated idea hai Yes, for lamentations a united, non partitioned India would have been born a superpower.

Ghalib Hussain rated it it was amazing Apr 04, This is told in the backdrop of an idealist but correct Congress which was clear that India would become a republic, and would never allow foreign forces on its soil ever again

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