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By S. Akhtar Ehtisham

This sweeping narrative sketches the political and financial realities of the prior fifty years whereas tracing an eventful existence from the turmoil following the partition of India and the production of Pakistan to the current day. Discussing politics, govt regulations, and well known routine, Dr. Ehtisham exhibits how countries in addition to person lives are formed through ancient occasions, fiscal adjustments, spiritual fundamentalism, category platforms and racial divides. via his personal event as a physician and medical institution director, he compares the complicated social safeguard web country of the post-war united kingdom with regimes which are decided to determine humans "stand on their lonesome ft" — even if the commercial approach has already reduce them off on the knees.

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It came to a head in 1905 when Bengal was divided into two units because, according to the viceroy, Lord Curzon, it was too big and unwieldy to administer properly. The division was approximately along the same lines as that in 1947. Hindus protested vehemently. The unity of Bengal was sacrosanct to them. One of their main arguments was that Muslims were recent converts from the lower social classes, would not be able to manage without their Hindu compatriots, and would fall prey to the machinations of the British.

On arrival in Delhi, declaring that in the first instance he simply wanted to get acquainted with them, he invited Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah for informal talks. 1 Mountbatten told Jinnah that the meeting was only to give both an opportunity to get to know each other better. They developed immediate antipathy. The meeting lasted over an hour; Jinnah would only respond in monosyllables. Mountbatten told his assistants that he would rather have several meetings with Gandhi and Nehru than one with Jinnah.

1 Mountbatten had met Nehru in Singapore during the final stages of the war and been impressed by him. His wife had fallen in love with Nehru. ”2 Mountbatten’s partiality was to cross all bounds of integrity. He showed all the plans to Nehru before making them public and let the latter change them at will. P. Menon as his political secretary. 3 It turned out to be a singularly poor and tragic choice. The man had no experience in civil administration. He was arrogant, vain, and overly conscious of his 1 There is of course no documentary evidence that Atlee was swayed by Nehru’s opinion, but it stands to reason that he would listen to his cabinet colleagues.

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