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Aug. 19th, 2009 01:10 pm
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BJP expells Jaswant Singh over praise of Jinnah

"Thirty years of my political life with the BJP and (being expelled) on this note … saddened me and on the ground for writing a book, that saddened me even more, immensely more," a visibly upset Singh, a founding member of the party, told reporters.

These guys are dangerous nutters... The article also mentioned that LK Advani also had to temporarily step down from BJP leadership for calling Jinnah "secular" in the past.

Jinnah was long opposed to a split India and only surrendered to the Pakistan option after decades of Muslims not getting a fair voice in the Congress/independence movement, which was frankly a Hindu nationalist movement more than an all-inclusive independence movement.

Date: 2009-08-20 08:54 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dubaiwalla.livejournal.com
a Hindu nationalist movement more than an all-inclusive independence movement
Where are you getting your information from? My Indian history textbooks would strongly disagree with this. Which is not to say that I take everything in them at face value, but I would at least like to know the basis for the claim.

Date: 2009-08-20 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frandroid.livejournal.com
From my Indian culture course, and also from reading up on Jinnah's life in the past. Also, reading up on Dr. Ambedkar and Dalits in that struggle does not shine much of a positive light on Gandhi in that regard. I gotta go to bed but I can follow up later.

Date: 2009-08-20 09:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dubaiwalla.livejournal.com
By all means. Would be good for me to learn more.

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