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The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India's Partition

I wanna checkout this book, sounds like an interesting read. Any other recommendations for some good books with the same theme?



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Britain used Jinnah to partition India
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New Delhi, Sep 17: Don't blame Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, for the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947; blame the British for creating Pakistan to protect their strategic interests in the Indian Ocean and the oil-rich Persian Gulf region, contends a new book.

The book, entitled "The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India's Partition" and based on top-secret British and American archives unsealed recently, reveals the hard-headed strategic calculations of the British behind dividing the country and how they used political Islam and Jinnah for the purpose.

Written by Narendra Singh Sarila, a former aide-de-camp (ADC) to India's last viceroy Lord Mountbatten, the book also provides an insight into the minds of key players in the drama of the partition, including Jinnah and Mahatma Gandhi.

"The British used Jinnah and political Islam to protect their strategic interests as, in their thinking, only a divided India could help them win the Great Game against the Soviets," Sarila told IANS in an interview.

"This policy was the mother of all causes for the creation of Pakistan," asserts the 79-year-old author.

"The fact is that the British had decided to partition the country and had prepared a blueprint before Cyril Radcliffe actually got down to the job of demarcating boundaries.

"During my research, I came across a top-secret telegram of Lord Wavell, then viceroy, to the secretary of state in London dated Feb 6, 1946, suggesting the lines on which British India could be divided. I was struck at the uncanny similarity between this blueprint and the actual partition of India in 1947."

Unravelling the hidden motivations of the then British establishment, the author documents in detail how after the end of World War II in 1945, the new Labour government of Clement Attlee and Wavell came to the big decision to divide India.

"They realised that India was no more a commercial asset, but remained a very important military asset - a base for Britain to continue their domination of the Indian Ocean and the oil-rich Persian Gulf with its wells of power," says Sarila, heir to the erstwhile princely state of Sarila in Uttar Pradesh.

"Another factor that influenced the British decision to partition India was a realisation that the Congress would not play the great game with Britain against the Soviet Union."

"In these circumstances, they thought that the only way to protect the British interests in this region was to use Jinnah to detach the area of India, which lay along Iran, Afghanistan and Sinkiang and create a new state here," he says.

Wavell and Attlee finally succeeded in selling the idea of a truncated Pakistan to Jinnah.

The author, who successfully reinvented himself as a diplomat and served as ambassador to Spain, Brazil and France in a career spanning nearly four decades, is intrigued by the transformation of Jinnah from a passionate constitutionalist to a practitioner of communal politics.
"Jinnah might have remained secular at heart, but he got stuck in the British game. In his early days he sincerely believed that Hindus and Muslims must work together to attain independence for India. But then hunger for power and vainglory took over," says Sarila.

Switching from the politics of partition to contemporary realpolitik, the author delineates the new great game.

"The great game started as a struggle for control of the region between India and Turkey between the two greatest empires of the time: the British and the Soviet. Post World War II, it turned into a cold war. The new great game is about the control of energy resources in the world."
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