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According to Narendra Singh Sarila, ADC to Lord Mountbatten in 1947, whose forthcoming book exposes truth, Partition of India was actually decided in February, 1946. This means that it was not Sir Cyril Radcliffe, British Chairman of two Boundary Commissions which partitioned India and created East and West Pakistan, who masterminded plan. He arrived in India, for first time only on July 8, 1947. By August 17, 1947, just two days after India’s day of independence, Mountbatten had presented Boundary Commission Awards to Indian leaders.
In fact, Jinnah, “Quaid-i-Azam” could do no more than to console his countrymen…”we have been squeezed in as much as was possible and latest blow that we have received is Award of Boundary Commission. It is an unjust, incomprehensible and even perverse Award. It may be wrong, unjust and perverse; and it may not be a judicial but a political Award, but we have agreed to abide by it and it is binding upon us. As honorable people we must abide by it. It may be our misfortune but we must bear up this one more blow with fortitude, courage and hope." Lord Wavell, then Viceroy of India, had all along encouraged concept of partition, and recommended, as far back as February 1946, a truncated Pakistan - excluding from it one-third of Punjab, half of Bengal and almost whole of Assam - which thereafter became final blue-print for Award which enforced partition of India.
Jinnah may actually have been just a tactical instrument for British to use against Congress. In Cold War that ensued later between West and Soviet Union, it came as no surprise to enlightened political leaders, worldwide, when Pakistan became a much-used base for West’s overt and covert confrontations with Soviets and their allies or victims.
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