It is uncanny that Shri Sanjay Raut, MP has suggested in his party newspaper Saamana that the Muslims in India should be de-franchised. A day earlier Khaled Ahmed, the distinguished Pakistani columnist, had written in The Indian Express that a part of Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah's Partition plan was an exchange of populations. That as many Muslims in Hindustan as possible should emigrate to Pakistan and non-Muslims from there should be settled in Hindustan. Most probably, he had in mind the League of Nations implemented formula of such an exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey and between Bulgaria and Turkey by the year 1923.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad, our first Rashtrapati, in his 1946 book India Divided had said that upon Partition the Muslims would become aliens in Hindustan and could be allowed to stay on on the strength of issued visas. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar had written at great length explaining why Partition was desirable and how it was better that Muslims live outside Hindustan rather than continuing to reside here. After 70 years, intellectuals in Pakistan like Janab Khaled Ahmed still believe that there should have been an exchange of populations a la League of Nations.
Shri Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, in the light of these facts, has suggested what may well be a proposal entirely in the interest of Muslims. This is precisely what Dr. Rajendra Prasad had suggested.