This report is a welcome step towards understanding our recent history and could have huge implications for the mist that confounds South Asia.RR
LAHORE: Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a â€œgreat leaderâ€ and was unfairly â€œdemonisedâ€ by India for his role in the Partition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh has said.
In an interview with CNN-IBNâ€™s Devilâ€™s Advocate programme, Singh credited Jinnah for having â€œcreatedâ€ Pakistan. â€œOh yes, because he created something out of nothing and single-handedly stood against the might of the Congress party and against the British who didnâ€™t really like him … (Mahatma) Gandhi himself called Jinnah a great Indian. Why donâ€™t we recognise that? Why donâ€™t we see (and try to understand) why he called him that?â€ he said.
Aliens: Singh also claimed that the Muslims of India had a deep-rooted psychological insecurity, adding â€œWe (Indians) treat them as aliens.â€ He claimed Muslims had â€œpaid a price in Partitionâ€ and claimed that â€œthey would have been significantly stronger in a united Indiaâ€.
Daily Times Monitor/Iftikhar Gilani [ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\08\17\story_17-8-2009_pg1_7]