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Population Exchange: Jinnah wanted Hijrat for all Muslims in India
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Author : Prafull Goradia
Publisher : Vitasta
ISBN# : 9789386473813
Pages : 260
Price:INR 595
Book Description

 Population exchange: Jinnah wanted hijrat for all Muslims in India looks into the rationale of the Muslim League proposal of a population transfer in the context of the Partition of India. The justification lay in the argument of how different Hindus were from Muslims, and therefore, how indispensable a vivisection was for them to live in peace. The ‘best protection for the minorities will be the establishment of two strong states, neither of which will dare misbehave towards each other minorities’. Jinnah adamantly asserted: ‘that is the only solution if you don’t want Civil war’. Partition was to provide India’s Muslims a homeland. Some called it a new Medina, others a dar-br-islam. It was a premediated move on religious lines. There was no other reason for Partition. Ironically, Jinnah’s proposal of an exchange of population fell on the deaf ears of Indian, read Hindu, Congress leaders and it resulted in an exodus – what happened in West Punjab was not a riot nor a mere pogrom, but a Holocaust of Hindus and Sikhs, causing a flood of refugees to cross into India. A similar tragedy unfolded in the Eastern wing of Pakistan. In comparison, the exodus of Muslims out of India was Nominal. The author points out, had there been a population exchange as in Greece and Turkey, India would not today constantly face threats of communal discord and Wars with Pakistan.

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