Muslim League Rationale for Partition: the “Sudeten question”

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  1. Ray

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    The Sudeten issue does raise an interesting question regarding the legitimacy of Jinnah and the Muslim League making a case for Pakistan.

    Though the author is a Pakistani and his views will naturally be sensitive to Pakistani concerns, and yet if he has quoted Dhulipala correctly, he does throw a new light on the views that Ambedkar held regarding the creation of Pakistan and justifying it so. If what Dhulipala writes is correct, it does indicate that Ambedkar, though much celebrated in post Independent India, was not really in sync with the sentiments of mainstream India then. However, some would justify Ambedkar's being out of step as seen given the angst of his and his ilk, it becomes understandable for him to not side the sentiment of the Indian majority.

    If only Ambedkar was fortunate to live in these times, he would realise that the arguments which he saw as 'clearly demonstrated that the Muslims were a nation and he, therefore, unambiguously supported the Pakistan demand' was fallacious since Pakistan has gone and is going the Czechoslovakian way and this time Czechoslovakia got divided owing to its inner contradictions as it happened and is happening in Pakistan.

    He is fortunate that he did not leave to see his arguments lying shattered as incorrect.
     
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    Ambedkar did not make predictions or care about the Muslim state. His arguments were that it is impossible to construct a united India consisting of both Hindus and Muslims. In his book on "Partition on India", he gives strong empirical facts to argue that Hindu-Muslim rivalry is too deeply entrenched and hence unsustainable as a nation state. Also, he understood well the concepts of Dar-ul-Harb and Dar-ul-Islam which would always pitch Muslims against Hindus in a single nation again and again. So, he suggested Hindus to take whatever was available and given the contemporaneous population level of Hindus in 1945, they would get a better deal than they could ever expect in future. Given the current demographics of the sub-continent, Ambedkar was totally right in his predictions.
     
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    If he understood Dar ul Harab and Dar ul Islam, how come he did not want ALL Muslims to leave?
     
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    He wanted all to leave and not make half deal. At least he understood the problem much better than both Congress and Hindu Nationalists of the time.

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