Month: November 2013

CHURCHILLIAN STRATEGY FOR INDIA, POST-INDEPENDENCE

November 13, 2013

In the year 1945, following a campaign unleashed by the Muslim League for the partition of India, and the creation of Pakistan, the then Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, said that he favoured India’s partition into Pakistan, Hindustan and Princestan.   Balraj Krishna whose book about Sardar Patel I have referred to in my last blog, has a special chapter titled “A Churchillian Plan” which he opens with this quotation from the Viceroy’s Journal when Wavell was the Viceroy.   The book says that Churchill “had won the war but he was losing the empire.” He adds: Britain had neither manpower nor money to rule over a restive India. Churchill saw in a complete withdrawal “serious implications for Britain’s communications and bases between the Middle East and South-East Asia”.   His plan, therefore, was to ensure continuation of British hold over India through a division of the sub-continent … Continue reading CHURCHILLIAN STRATEGY FOR INDIA, POST-INDEPENDENCE

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स्वतंत्र भारत हेतु चर्चिल की रणनीति

November 13, 2013

मुस्लिम लीग द्वारा भारत के विभाजन और पाकिस्तान के निर्माण के लिए चलाए जा रहे अभियान के चलते सन् 1945 में ग्रेट ब्रिटेन के प्रधानमंत्री विंस्टन चर्चिल ने कहा कि वह भारत का विभाजन कर पाकिस्तान, हिन्दुस्तान और प्रिंसस्तान बनाने के पक्ष में हैं। सरदार पटेल पर बलराज कृष्ण की जिस पुस्तक का संदर्भ मैंने अपने पिछले ब्लॉग में दिया है, उसमें ‘ए चर्चिलियन प्लान’ शीर्षक से एक विशेष अध्याय है, जिसकी शुरूआत वायसराय वावेल के समय के वायसराय जर्नल के एक उध्दरण से होती है। पुस्तक कहती है कि ”चर्चिल युध्द जीत गए थे लेकिन साम्राज्य गवां रहे थे!” वह आगे कहते हैं: एक उद्वेलित भारत पर शासन करने हेतु ब्रिटेन के पास न तो मानवशक्ति थी और न ही धन। चर्चिल को पूरी तरह पीछे हटने में ”ब्रिटेन के संचार तथा मध्य पूर्व और दक्षिण पूर्व एशिया के बीच अड्डों हेतु गंभीर परिणाम” दिखते थे। इसलिए उसकी योजना … Continue reading स्वतंत्र भारत हेतु चर्चिल की रणनीति

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INDIA’S BISMARCK: AN EXCELLENT BOOK

November 11, 2013

Organiser’s Deepavali issue published last week is a Special one on India’s Hundred Years of Cinema. The issue has prominently carried a longish interview with me. The journal’s Editor, Prafulla Ketkar, accompanied by his correspondent, Pramod Kumar, had recorded this interview a fortnight back. I notice that both the Telegraph as well as the Amrit Bazar Patrika have carried news items about my interview.   Two years back when I published a compilation of blogposts I had written in the preceding two years I requested M.J. Akbar, one of India’s most outstanding journalists to write the Foreword. And he had responded to my request with an excellent write-up. The concluding paragraph of this four-page write-up read:   “This collection will not clarify every query about the career of Lal Krishna Advani, but it will certainly answer one. He has held two portfolios in a Union Government, once as minister of … Continue reading INDIA’S BISMARCK: AN EXCELLENT BOOK

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