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Population Exchange: Jinnah Wanted Hijrat for all Muslims in India

Prafull Goradia (Author)

Population Exchange: Jinnah Wanted Hijrat for all Muslims in India looks into the rationale of the Muslim League’s proposal of a population transfer in the context of the Partition of India. The justification lay in the argument of how different Hindus were from Muslims, and therefore, how indispensable a vivisection was for them to live in peace. The ‘best protection for the minorities will be the establishment of two strong states, neither of which will dare misbehave towards each other’s minorities’. Jinnah adamantly asserted: ‘That is the only solution if you don’t want civil war’. Partition was to provide India’s Muslims a homeland. Some called it a New Medina, others a Dar-ul-Islam. It was a premediated move on religious lines. There was no other reason for Partition. Ironically, Jinnah’s proposal of an exchange of population fell on the deaf ears of Indian, read Hindu, Congress leaders and it resulted in an exodus – what happened in West Punjab was not a riot nor a mere pogrom, but a holocaust of Hindus and Sikhs, causing a flood of refugees to cross into India. A similar tragedy unfolded in the eastern wing of Pakistan. In comparison, the exodus of Muslims out of India was nominal. The author points out, had there been a population exchange as in Greece and Turkey, India would not today constantly face threats of communal discords and wars with Pakistan.

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Prafull Goradia

The Saffron Book is neither a hidden agenda nor a secret conspiracy. It is the open manifesto of a modern Indian who was born in Mumbai, bred in Gujarat, brought up in Kolkata and now shuttles between Vadodara and Delhi. He has a second house in Kochi as well as a residence in Ahmedabad. His business is spread across nine cities from Guwahati in the east to Coonoor and Coimbatore in the South. Son of a Boston University Graduate, his wife and both his daughters finished their studies at Cambridge, England. Schooled by Catholic Anglo-Indians, he graduated from Elphinstone College, Mumbai, in 1956. He later learnt spoken Urdu from Agha Iqbal Mirza who was a virtual member of the household for eight years until he died in 1986. His earliest business benefactors happened to be the Jewish Elias family of Calcutta. Two of his aunts were Parsee. Although a Gujarati, Goradia also speaks Hindi and Bengali. His great grandfather was the first allopath to pass out of an Indian university with a degree called Licenciate of Medicine in 1863. His grandfather was the Divan of Morbi state in Saurashtra until 1933. All in all, he has not the slightest grouse against any community. The only difference between him and some members of the intelligentsia is that he does not pay the tribute that the Hindu politeness often pays to anti Hindus who wear the slogan of secularism on their sleeve. Hypocrisy is not the key to achieving Hindu Muslim oneness without which India cannot be integrated. Many a great soul beginning with Emperor Akbar to Bhakta Kabir to Mahatma Gandhi has tried. Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi a la Shah Bano also attempted. Yet the equation has oscillated between that of acquaintance and the adversary. At best, they have smiled and at worst they have killed one another. It has never firmed up into friendship. Goradia believes no one can be a friend unless he is frank and forthright. The Saffron Book is his answer to fulfil his undying desire for a united India where 100 crore people can move forward like one person to catch up on their lost centuries.

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Title Population Exchange: Jinnah Wanted Hijrat for all Muslims in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.03.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789386473813
length 276p.
Subjects History