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Debate on partition unnecessary: Vayalar Ravi

Last Updated: Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 14:38

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister for
Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Saturday said expelled BJP
leader Jaswant Singh`s argument in his book that Jawaharlal
Nehru and Sardar Patel were also responsible for the partition
of India "does not deserve a reply."

A debate on the partition of the sub-continent would
serve no purpose at this juncture, he told reporters here.

"It (partition) is a closed chapter. It is quite
unnecessary to remind the people of the country of what had
happened," Ravi said commenting on Singh`s controversial book
`Jinnah: India-partition-Independence`.

"...Jinnah did not win Pakistan, as the Congress leaders-
Nehru and Patel finally conceded Pakistan to Jinnah, with the
British acting as an ever helpful midwife," Singh says in his
669-page book.

The senior Congress leader said it had been an old BJP
game "to rake up unpleasant chapters of history to create
social tension and ill-will."

Asked if Singh`s attempt could not be seen as a
reappraisal of history, he said "there are many things people
may not like to be reminded."

What was important was to preserve the system India had
sustained ever since attaining freedom in which people of
different communities are living together in harmony, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 14:38

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