Continuing a larger debate on the One State Solution idea.
1) The notion that the partition was a forceful act of culling performed by one religious group on another is factually incorrect.
2) If the partition was a bad idea 60 years ago, that still doesn’t make the one state solution a good idea today. We need more compelling reasons than that it was a bad idea when it happened.
3) The reason I’m saying this is because if you’re hoping to start a debate on this subject in any serious way, I feel that you need to better articulate the case for why the one state solution works given our situation today and list with little ambiguity the problems it will solve and how it will solve them.
Personally, I’m not closed to considering the possibility of a one state solution if I can be made to understand the case for it. And IMHO, the counter arguments you hear from me will likely be the mildest of what you will hear if/when this becomes a larger debate.
– Mukund Srigopal.
I never said that the Partition was a forceful act of culling by one religious group.I said that it was a mistake in all that it was, and what it led to.
Gandhiji was of course morally and ideologically opposed to it, so were the Secular Leaders on either side.But it looks like separatist forces on both sides won, as they continue to do today.
‘Partition was accompanied by the largest and most rapid population transfer in history, with 17.9 million people leaving their homes. Of these, only 14.5 million arrived, suggesting that 3.4 million went “missing”.’ (Wiki entry)
Historians of this period fail or are disputed at pointing fingers as to what actually led to it.Some say that Jinnah’s demands were for more power at the hands of the Muslim League and in Muslim dominated provinces.The actual call for a separate State is a shoddy one, and fraught with hazy complexities.But of course the life and work of Mohommed Ali Jinnah is crucial to a wholistic reading of this time.
Whatever be the case, it is evident that communal harmony and co-existance were the most necessary precincts to survival, along with economic growth. All three nations had huge minorities and have not succeeded at providing them with equal rights or dignity.
And this, I think is the biggest reason for us to seek a One State Solution.
– Screen Sifar.