Hats off to Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the only Rashtrapati to serve for two terms. It was unfortunate for India that because he became president, his lips were sown up. How important his speaking and writing were can be gauged by what we are about to quote. In 1940, M.A.Jinnah had the Pakistan resolution passed by the Muslim League at its Lahore session. After the failure of the Simla Conference in July, 1945 to solve the Hindu Muslim problem, Rajendra Prasad had a book published entitled India Divided in the beginning of 1946. In the same year the Cabinet Mission Plan proposed by the British, in the hope of keeping India united, was rejected by the political parties. For bringing the subject uptodate, an addendum was appended.
The advent of 1947 made certain that the partition of India was inevitable. Rajendra Prasad therefore brought out an extended addendum (June 1947) which proposed that either some Muslims would migrate to Pakistan or those who remained behind could stay on as aliens and live in Hindustan with the help of visas. Jinnah readily agreed with this formulation. If the other Congress leaders had fallen in line, would we have been spared the curse of communal conflict?