Kannur (Kerala): Jaswant Singh's book on India's partition is a reproduction of a work of a Pakistani scholar and the former BJP leader has deviated from authentic historical evidence in his analysis, a historian claimed on Wednesday.
Singh buried facts and, in fact, tried to reproduce a book authored by Pakistani scholar Ayisha Jalal years back.
He tried to attain popularity through his new book, historian Dr J B P More alleged.
"Jaswant Singh as a politician compiled the book without reflecting on authentic historical facts and a historian alone can bear the patience to carefully analyse such facts," he told a 'Meet-the-Press' programme in Kannur.
Jaswant Singh through his book 'Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence' had strived to bury the facts and blamed Congress leaders for partition, More, who is Deputy Director of the France-based Institute of Social Science, claimed.
The Congress, in fact, had passed a resolution in 1942 against forcible partition even as the new book pointed an accusing finger at Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and other party leaders for partition, the historian, who is on a visit to the city, said.
More argued that Mohammed Ali Jinnah held sectarian views and should be held solely responsible for India's partition, "thanks to the dominance of the Muslim League in certain pockets of pre-independent India."
Jinnah, in fact, was acting at the behest of the 'divide- and-rule' policy of the British, apprehending dangers in India emerging as a potential superpower and "used" the Pakistani leader to exert pressure for the country's partition, he said.
Along with the British and the Muslim League, the 'Hindu Mahasabha' also advocated for a partition in the hope of eventually turning India as a 'Hindu rashtra', More, who is visiting Kannur University as a Research Guide, alleged.
Neither Pakistan nor Bangladesh gained much out of partition as the Muslim nations had been witnessing a host of problems as Jinnah himself had reconciled to the fact in due course of time, More, who has authored several books on history and other related topics, claimed.