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August 17, 2009

Another BJP leader praises Jinnah

After LK Advani, another veteran leader of the BJP Jaswant Singh has praised Mohamed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in his book that is all set to create a major controversy.

Singh feels that Jinnah was neither the villain of partition, nor a communal person. Rather he feels that Jinnah was misunderstood and even demonised in India. The book 'Jinnah-India, Partition, Independence' is scheduled to be released on Monday.

In an interview with Karan Thapar, Jaswant Singh said that Jinnah was a great personality who created Pakistan out of nowhere. Singh also recalls the statement of Gandhi, who had called Jinnah a 'great Indian'.

Though Jaswant Singh says that the book contains his own views and his interpretation of history, it is bound to create a controversy. The BJP is a political outfit of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), that considered Jinnah a villain for dividing 'Akhand Bharat'.

Four years ago LK Advani had praised Jinnah during his Pakistan visit. This had caused consternation within the Parivar. He was made to clarify and had to face embarrassing situation due to the comments.

He also said that Indian Muslims were not treated fairly after independence and seen as aliens. Jaswant Singh, a former Union foreign minister, is certain to invite the ire of BJP and RSS' hardline leaders.

Meanwhile, the Congress spokesperson has already called BJP, the Bharatiya 'Jinnah' Party instead of Bharatiya Janata Party. Jaswant however maintains that the book is not a party document rather his personal views.

TIH Bureau

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