Modi’s ‘Partition pain’ negation of Vajpayee’s thinking

Credit for creation of Bangladesh also exposes Indian prime minister’s hypocrisy

By: Ashraf Mumtaz      Published: 03:35 PM, 15 Aug, 2021

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet on Saturday when Pakistan was celebrating its Independence Day is indicative of a sea change in the ruling BJP’s leadership’s mindset compared to the thinking of senior leader like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an Indian statesman who served thrice as the country’s prime minister and was among the co-founders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).  

PM Modi said on Aug 14, “Partition’s pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, 14th August will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”. 

After this tweet the Indian government issued a notification to comply with Mr Modi’s tweet.  

This, observers say, is clearly a negation of the creation of Pakistan.  

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson dubbed Modi's move "a political and publicity stunt", and said that "no modern state is so much in contradiction with itself as the Indian state - the so-called 'largest democracy'." 

"It is shameful that the practitioners of 'Hindutva' ideology, and purveyors of hate and violence, would so hypocritically and one-sidedly invoke the tragic events and mass migration that occurred in the wake of Independence in 1947. 

“Distorting history and stoking communalism is the special forte of the RSS-BJP regime. Far from doing anything to heal old wounds, they would go to any extent to sow further dissensions for electoral gains," he said. 

Now let’s recall the views of Mr Vajpayee who had paid a two-day landmark visit to Lahore in February 1999 to improve ties between the two neighbours. 

During the visit he also visited Minar-i-Pakistan, the place where Pakistan Resolution was passed in 1940. That resolution marked the robust beginning of a movement for a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent. 

After visiting the Minar-i-Pakistan, Mr Vajpayee said in a speech that he had been advised not to visit the place as it would amount to putting a seal on Pakistan as a separate state. 

However, he said, he turned down the advice, asking the so-called advisers if Pakistan runs with “our seal”. 

The Indian leader strongly defended the visit with a stronger argument in favour of its importance. 

If we compare the stature of Mr Vajpayee with the incumbent prime minister Modi, the latter is no more than a candle against a sun. 

Modi is a butcher of Muslims of Gujarat. His BJP has turned the lives of Indian Muslims into a hell. 

Almost every day there are reports of BJP’s atrocities against Muslims. 

Superfluous to point out that because of Modi’s activities his was banned in the United States. However, the ban was lifted when he became the prime minister – a necessity of politics for relations between two states. 

It is fact that if the 1947 partition not taken place, Pakistan would not have come into existence and minority Muslims would have been facing Hindus’ brutalities even today in the world’s so-called largest democracy. 

Perhaps, Modi is referring to the pains of partition because without this activity he and other extremists like him would have had more Muslims to target and kill. 

His speeches during his visit to Bangladesh contradict Mr Modi’s own latest thinking about partition

In Bangladesh in the presence of his Bangladeh counterpart he had claimed credit for playing a role in the separation of East Pakistan from West Pakistan. In other words, he was proud of India dividing what was once the biggest Islamic state. 

It’s also an open secret that India is trying to separate Balochistan from Pakistan to weaken the Islamic republic. Although the conspiracies being hatched for the actualization of the dirty plan, they certainly expose the ‘hypocrisy’ of the ‘pain’ being felt by Modi because of the Partition

The atrocities being perpetrated on Muslims of occupied Kashmir have forced the Kashmiri Muslims to struggle for independence from India. Although India is taking all possible measures to reduce Kashmiris into a minority to deprive them of their rights, the freedom struggle going on there will ultimately succeed.  

The Kashmiris are determined to offer any sacrifice for their rights.  

Timeline for the purpose, however, is to be decided by Allah. 

Ashraf Mumtaz

The writer is the Deputy Editor of 24 Digital.