Essay

Parivar & Partition

Print edition : August 22, 2014

Noakhali, February 1947: Mahatma Gandhi, while opening a school for refugee children, handing over a new slate and a book to a boy. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Lala Lajpat Rai. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

V.D. Savarkar. Lala Lajpat Rai and V.D. Savarkar, both leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha, advocated a two-nation theory long before Mohammad Ali Jinnah pronounced it in 1939. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

January 1948: Food being provided to evacuees in camps immediately on their arrival in East Punjab. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Bhagat Singh, who moved away from his mentor, Lala Lajpat Rai, as the latter became increasingly communal in his outlook. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

New Delhi, June 7, 1947: The historic conference at which Lord Mountbatten disclosed Britain's "partition" plan for India. (Left to right) Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord Ismay, Adviser to the Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, and Jinnah. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The lust for communal hegemony rendered impossible a sharing of power that could have preserved the precious unity of a great country. The Sangh Parivar and its sympathisers in the Congress bear a heavy responsibility for Partition.
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