This post is a translation of a letter published in the Bengali nationalist magazine “Deshbhokter Chithi” (“Letters from Patriots”)’s 1st quarter 2017 edition. The letter was written by Mr. Prashanto Kumar Pal.
Nehruvian propaganda in Independent India
Joseph Goebbels, that infamous propaganda chief of Hitler, had said that if a lie is repeated multiple times, it becomes truth. In India, several politicians and intellectuals, staunch followers of this Goebbelsian method, have been propagating the lies “British conspiracy has resulted into India’s partition”, “Muslims who stayed back in India after partition are staunch nationalists and they had never supported Pakistan”, “RSS had conspired to kill Mahatma Gandhi” etc. The veracity of the first two of the above three theorem are analyzed in this letter.
Was undivided independent India possible?
British government had presented a proposal for independence of undivided India, to Congress and Muslim League leaders. “Cabinet Mission”, led by Sir Stafford Cripps, which landed in India on the 24th March of 1947, had a proposal for independence of India, which had no mention of Pakistan. The proposal envisaged organizing India to “A”, “B”, and “C” – three autonomous regions – which were to be modeled into a federal state. This did present a potential solution to India’s communal problem, and Jinnah had initially supported this proposal. However, later Jinnah and Nehru disagreed vehemently with each other, and Jinnah rescinded his support to this proposal. This put paid to any dream of undivided independent India.
Betrayal by Gandhi
During the 1946 election, all Hindus had voted for Congress, with a clear aim of an undivided independent India. Gandhi, commenting on the Pakistan demand of Muslim League, that partition of India will happen only over his dead body. However, going back on his and his party’s promise, Gandhi actively encouraged AICC members to support proposal to partition India. On the 15th June of 1947, AICC agreed to partition of India. The British did not force Gandhi to accept partition. If Gandhi was so much against partition, why did he attend this meeting?
Nehru justifies partition
Nehru later justified partition, by admitting that Congress leaders were tired, and they were ageing. They did not have the stomach any more for a renewed struggle for undivided independent India, it would have definitely entailed more jail terms for them, which they were no longer able to countenance. Nehru did mention that had Gandhi not accepted partition, they would have needed to fight on. (Source – “The last days of British Raj” by Leonard Mosley).
Busting the myth of Muslims staying back in India post-partition being unquestionably patriots
During the 1946 provincial legislative council election, Muslim League candidates own in 429 of the 492 seats reserved for the Muslims. Among the 11 provinces that went to this election, only Bengal, Punjub, Sindh, North West Frontier Province were in the proposed map of Pakistan. However, the Muslim people in the remaining 7 provinces had overwhelmingly supported the demand for Pakistan. However, after 14th August 1947, only a few Muslims from these 7 seven provinces migrated to Pakistan. Hence, we can surmise that the Muslims that stayed back, turned patriotic Indians overnight! Alluding to this, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first home minister of Independent India, had questioned during a public meeting on the 3rd January 1948 in Calcutta, about the crores of Muslims that had supported Pakistan but stayed back in India after partition – did they turn patriotic Indians overnight?
Nehru’s ascent to the throne of India
As Congress president, Nehru became the first prime minister of independent India. However, Nehru’s election to the position of Congress president was not done by due process. Nehru became Congress president because of Gandhi’s wish. The last date for filing nomination for the election of Congress president was 29th April 1946. Only the provincial Congress committee members were authorized to propose, and second, names. Out of th1 15 provincial Congress committees, 12 had supported Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s candidature as Congress president. The remaining 3 provincial committees did not propose Patel’s name, however, they did not propose Nehru’s name either. Gandhi persuaded Kripalani to arrange some AICC members to propose Nehru’s name. Nehru’s nomination wasn’t even filed before the last date to file nomination. However, in contravention of this rule, Nehru’s nomination was accepted. Gandhi now joined the political intrigue directly, and pressurized Patel to withdraw his own nomination. As a result, Nehru was elected without any contest. Gandhi installed Nehru as Congress president because he knew well that Nehru will guard Indian Muslim interest.
Negation of history
History will record for posterity that it was Nehru’s political shortsightedness, intransigence and Hindu-phobic mentality that had resulted into Hindus from East Bengal being violently uprooted from their home, and becoming refugees. Nehru was directly responsible for the disaster that had fallen on the Bengali Hindus. Undivided independent India could not be materialized due to Gandhi and Nehru. Lies can not forever suppress truth.