By: Shachi Rairikar
March 23, 2007
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Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has described the founder of
Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, as a ‘citizen’ of the sub-continent and
said that the Jinnah House in Mumbai would be used in such a way that
takes care of sensitivities of all the people of the sub-continent. Being
the Foreign Secretary, Mr. Menon is of course aware of Indian history,
Jinnah’s villainous role in the same and the public emotion that is deeply
associated with these issues. India bestowing such respect upon the person
largely responsible for her division and the death and devastation of
countless of her citizens is indeed outrageous. Jinnah’s crimes against
humanity in general and Indians in particular are well known.
Jinnah’s ill intentions are very evident in his proclamation made on
August 16, 1946, declared as the “Direct Action Day” for the purpose of
winning a separate Muslim state, “We shall have India divided or we shall
have India destroyed.” The fateful day had begun with political
demonstration by Muslim League in Calcutta which culminated into a period
of communal riots, one of the worst in Indian history, wherein thousands
of Hindus were looted, injured and brutally killed.
An important incident following Direct Action was the Noakhali district
massacre in October 1946. Noakhali, now in Bangladesh, had a Muslim
majority. The Direct Action Day riots in Calcutta spread to other regions,
reaching this district where a massive pogrom was organized against the
Hindu minority. The Hindus were ethnically cleansed from the region and
the death toll is estimated to be in tens of thousands. During the
massacre the Hindus were killed and beaten, their properties destroyed.
Many Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam and Hindu women were abducted
and raped. The widows of the slain Hindus were forcibly married to the
Muslims after converting them to Islam at point of weapon. Muslim mobs
looted and destroyed Hindu temples and forced Hindus to consume beef.
Jinnah was successful in his blackmail and the Indian National Congress
finally succumbed to his demand for Pakistan leading to a very painful
partition of India. The resulting exchange of population and the ensuing
communal carnage saw millions rendered homeless and thousands perished on
both the sides of the border.
Even after the partition, Pakistan has been a continued source of trouble
for India. Three wars, all initiated by Pakistan, on-going infiltration,
tension along the borders, cross-border terrorism, drug trafficking, ISI
networks in India, the list is long. The Hindu population in Pakistan
dwindled down due to the ethnic cleansing carried out systematically in
the years following the partition. Atrocities and human rights violation
continue to be committed against the handful of Hindu minority in Pakistan
even today. In spite of Pakistan’s never ending mischief, India, in its
perpetual ever forgiving mode, has made a peace initiative, trying to
bring the two governments closer.
Jinnah can very safely be adjudged as one of those persons in the history
of the sub-continent who have been directly liable for bringing large
scale death and destruction. Not a single act of his can be interpreted to
be in India’s interest. Whatever might be his personal achievements or
merits, Jinnah’s set of sins committed against India is so grave that he
can never ever be vindicated. India venerating Jinnah would be akin to the
Jews revering Hitler.
Since its liberation from Pakistan, Bangladesh also owes no respect to
Jinnah. Jinnah has never played any significant role in the lives of the
other countries of the sub-continent, namely, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and
Maldives. Of all the countries of the sub-continent, Jinnah enjoys only
the respect of the people of Pakistan, the country that he almost
single-handedly created. Thus, the idea of Jinnah being a ‘citizen’ of the
sub-continent is indeed ridiculous and stinks of hypocrisy.
India’s experiences with Jinnah are too gory to be forgotten or forgiven.
We have paid a very heavy price to fulfill Jinnah’s ambition of becoming
the premiere of a Muslim nation. Absolving Jinnah of his sins by
conferring on him the citizenship of the sub-continent is a blatant insult
to the memories of thousands of innocent Indians who were devastated by
his perverted ideology and its inhuman implementation. The government of
India, in its extravagantly generous effort to take care of sensitivities
of all the people of the sub-continent, has conveniently chosen to trample
the sentiments of her own people who form the largest chunk of the
population of the sub-continent.
It is also important to note here that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were
immersed in all the major rivers of the world except the Indus as the
government of Pakistan had refused to grant permission for the same on the
grounds that they did not want to pollute it with the ashes of a kafir
(non-Muslim). That is how Pakistan treats India’s father figure. This
disgraceful attitude of Pakistan cannot and should not be allowed to be
wiped off Indian memory.
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