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On 15 August 1947, the Hindus across the country were full of hope...
May 2016

On 15 August 1947, the Hindus across the country were full of hope, if not also certainty, that at last they would enjoy freedom. The previous day the Muslims had been given 30 per cent of the country's land to set up their homeland called Pakistan. The Union Jack was lowered in New Delhi on the 15th and replaced by the Tri-Colour. Jawaharlal Nehru made his famous Tryst with Destiny speech.

Little did any Hindu suspect that this was all a show and that in reality the British rule was soon to be followed by a crypto-Muslim epoch and certainly not a Hindu rule. The seeds of dissensions were sown by M.K. Gandhi largely due to his hatred for the British. That he was humiliated in South Africa is well known. But that he was disgraced in his home city of Rajkot by the Resident Commissioner is less known.  He had gone to the British officer to canvass for his brother who been accused of having stolen state jewellery. The commissioner had him thrown out of his office with the help of two peons because Gandhi would not leave otherwise.  For this to happen to a barrister who had just returned from England to his home town, wounded his pride so deeply that he must have sworn to have the white man's rule go, no matter what the cost. The cost was the pampering of Muslims for Gandhi; in his simplistic understanding, unless the Hindus and the Muslims unite, freedom could not be won. He did not understand Islam; although he did know sufficiently about Christianity. Through the eyes of Hindus and the Christians, the Mahatma deciphered the Muslims.

On his final return to India from South Africa in 1915 Gandhi prepared himself to launch his satyagrah to throw the imperial rulers out.  In 1919 he volunteered to be the only Hindu to preside over the Khilafat Movement which was the obsession of some Muslim leaders like Maulanas Mohammed Ali and Shaukat Ali.  It was to save the Sultan of Turkey's throne as well as his Caliphate. Incidentally, M.A. Jinnah did not support the movement. He went on to tell the Muslims that the victory of the Sultan would be equivalent to the attainment of swaraj. Soon thereafter in 1921 Gandhi launched his non-cooperation struggle.

Gandhi made a fool of himself. He had to withdraw his non-cooperation and at the same time face the expulsion of the Turkish ruler as a Sultan as well as the Caliph by his own compatriot Ataturk Kemal Pasha. Those Muslims who were disappointed, launched anti-Hindu riots in various parts of India such as the Moplas of Malabar (now Kerala) converted, butchered and raped thousands of Hindus. Gandhi's comment was that the Moplas were God-fearing and were obeying the dictates of their own religion.  Later at Kohat in NWFP his reaction to the butchery of Hindus was that they should prove that they are brave by allowing themselves to be killed.  And so Gandhi went on for the next 25 years or more.

Jinnah and his Muslim League wanted an exchange of population upon Partition. That all or most Muslims of Hindustan should transfer to Pakistan while non-Muslims from there should migrate to Hindustan. Desperate at the massacre of Hindus of East Bengal, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur went to Gandhi at Birla House in New Delhi and pleaded for what Jinnah wanted, an exchange of peoples. The Mahatma did not even lend his ear.  On the contrary, despite the invasion of Kashmir by Pakistani Mujahideen in October 1947, he went on a fast unto death in protest against the Indian government not remitting 55 crore rupees to Karachi. In short, he blackmailed the Government of India into paying the sum to Pakistan. Before long he paid with his life at the hands of a Hindu patriot who could not bear such atrocities against his own people.  In many ways, he befriended Muslims to drive out the British and he died in the cause of Pakistan.

It has been overlooked that one of the reasons Gandhi made Sardar Patel to step down from becoming the President of the Congress in 1946 and arbitrarily made Nehru the President who also proved to be a crypto-Muslim.  As is well known 15 out of the 16 Pradesh Congress Committees had opted for Patel and none for Nehru. The president of the party would automatically become the prime ministerial candidate.

Sardar Patel, who was a Hindu at heart had described Nehru as the only nationalist Muslim he had come across. He proved the Sardar right. Just one example, Articles 25 to 30 of the Indian Constitution drafted under his supervision were to dissuade the Muslims from insisting on Partition. The very same Articles remained enshrined in the Constitution even after India was divided. Thereafter what prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru did is known history.  What, however, has not been adequately noticed is his policy of camouflaging his Muslim pampering by getting Krishna Menon to abuse Pakistan day in and day out to divert the Hindu attention from his mischief.

As it happened he also needed the Muslims to be his vote bank in order to keep the nationalist Congressmen at bay.  The ethos he set forth in his 17 year rule is now popularly described as Nehruvian secularism. Dr. Manmohan Singh through the good offices of Nehru's grand daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi, was his last heir and chela. The doctor was bold enough to again and again, declare MUSLIMS FIRST, MUSLIMS FIRST, MUSLIMS FIRST.

 

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