Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence (book)
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Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence is a book written by Jaswant Singh, a former Finance Minister of India and an External Affairs Minister, on Pakistan's founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the politics associated with the Partition of India. It is currently the latest book written by an Indian politician on the life of Jinnah. The book was released on 17 August 2009 and soon became the subject of controversy, subsequently leading to Singh's expulsion from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). It contains controversial opinions of Singh, claiming that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's centralised policy was responsible for partition, and that Jinnah was portrayed as a demon by India for the partition. The book launch ceremony was held at Teen Murti Bhavan in the presence of only a couple of BJP members.
Singh was expelled by the BJP following a party meeting chaired by L.K. Advani on 19 August 2009 stating that they will not "compromise on matters of ideology or disciple". The government of the Indian state Gujarat banned the book for allegedly having defamatory references towards India's first home minister Vallabhbhai Patel. However, Gujarat lifted the ban on 4 September 2009 after a court struck it down. The Indian newspaper The Hindu claimed "Mark Tully, Meghnad Desai, Ram Jethmalani, Natwar Singh and Hameed Haroon said a new appraisal of Jinnah’s role was needed and Mr. Singh had done a commendable job."
Other publications on Jinnah
Interestingly, the first book about Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah titled Muhammad Jinnah: An Ambassador of Unity was also written by an Indian politician: Sarojini Naidu. It was published by University of Michigan Library on 1 January 1918, when India was still undivided and ruled by the British Empire.
- "BJP fears Jaswant’s Jinnah book will re-ignite controversy". The Hindu. Aug 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- "At Jaswant Singh's book launch, the case for and against Jinnah". The Hindu. August 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- Joy, Santosh (Aug 19, 2009). "BJP expels Jaswant Singh over praise for Jinnah in his book". LiveMint. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- "India state bans book on Jinnah". BBC. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-20.