Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bangladesh, Partition Unavoidable ? (contd- 1)

Jawaharlal Nehru at reacted violently aganst the Partition, but was gradually reconciled to it . Azad suggested
that he was influenced by Vallabhbhai Pate

and Lord and Lady Mountbatten. But

Leonard Mosley wrote that

Michael Brecher (biographer of Nehru) in 1956 quoted Nehru's argument why he accepted partition. He accepted partition as it was the compulsion to accept for united India would have been due to its federal character would have been weak. He accepted partition to build up a strong India.

Nehru confessed to the historian R.C.Majumdar that they were tired and few of them could even go to jail if they would stick to United India . They had seen punjab burning and partition was a way out. Of course, If Gandhi objected to it they would have gone fighting and waiting.

Gandhi in an interview with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad reiterated that the acceptance of partition by Congress only possible over his dead body. But after meeting with Sarder Patel he became a changed man who put the argumemts heard from the mouth of Sardar Patel when Nehru was still saying that they wouldn't proceed if Bapuji objected.