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Prospects for Indo-Pak Unity; and a comment - The Spokesman Monthly

Editorial ()
1996 August

Title : Prospects for Indo-Pak Unity
Author : Editorial
Publication : The Spokesman Monthly
Date : August 1996

Note : This article is republished by Muslim India 167, November 1996

The partition of the country in 1947 was wrong and it should not have taken
place... The Hindu leaders wanted to preserve the integrity of India without
granting any special rights to the minorities. This being against the
democratic spirit, the country came to be divided. Now, if we wish to rectify
the wrong, we will have to make a start from the point where the first
distortion took place. In other words, in keeping with democratic principles:

1. The minorities will have to be given such political rights as enable them
not to live in subservience to the majority. What these rights should be,
will be decided by the minorities themselves, even though the issue had been
frankly discussed before 1947 and the entire written record is available.

2. No decision relating to the minorities shall be taken by the majority;
rather their elected representatives shall do so.

3. All promises made to the minorities before 1947 shall be fulfilled.

4. The country shall be given a federal structure in the true sense of the
word, and barring three or four departments, all other departments shall be
entrusted to the states.

Indo-Pak unity is possible only if the principles mentioned above are
accepted in toto, not only in words but in practice also. A beginning can be
made... by, giving a truly federal structure to the country. By doing so, all
reasons for keeping Pakistan a separate country will evaporate and no
individual (in both the countries) mill oppose Indo-Pak unity...

Benefits of Indo-Pak Unity

Indo-Pak unity has many advantages. First, India can become a Big Power of
the world, while at present the two countries continue to dance to the tunes
of other countries in order to defeat and denigrate each other. Secondly, the
fear of nuclear war in the region will be eliminated. Both countries probably
possess nuclear weapons and nobody knows when they may be used for mutual
annihilation. This danger will be warded off as a result of Indo-Pak unity.
Thirdly, the Kashmir problem will also be solved. Fourthly, as a consequence
of Indo-Pak unity achieved after accepting the principles enunciated above,
regional... separatist tendencies in both the countries will disappear,
because the minorities and State governments will have such rights as will
render separation from the country unnecessary, while at present, disgruntled
and alienated minorities in both the countries are working for separation.
Fifthly many advantages will accrue in economic sphere too, (as) defence
expenditure will lessen. In return, the only thing to he renounced is the
thought that India belongs to the Hindus alone and the minorities have to
live here at the majority's will. This feeling, in fact, was responsible for
the division of the country and this too is the stumbling block in the way of
Indo-Pak unity. Besides, if this feeling continues, even without Indo-Pak
unity, India can at any time (face) dangers as... in Russia, Czechoslovakia
and Yugoslavia. The Hindu leaders... should decide whether they want a United
India ... or a Hindu India...

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COMMENT

While we do not know the antecedents of The Spokesman, the publication where
it is reproduced from, viz Muslim India, is edited by Shri Syed Shahabuddin,
one of the most fundamentalist Islamist in this country. The above is
exactly the basis on which India was partitioned in 1947. It is quite clear
that the separatist tendency amongst the Muslims are still being encouraged.

Of couse, such editorial are not of concern for the psecularists, since they
want to whitewash everything to do with minority communalism, in their
programme to denigrate Hinduism. Nor will the psecularists enquire of how
the Islamic countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh treat the Hindus who are a
minority in those countries. In Pakistan, a Hindu population of about 15% in
1948 has come down to 1.5%, today in Bangladesh the figures are around 20%
and less than 10% today.


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