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Flimsy Charges

Nehru and Azad MAY I raise a few queries regarding AM's observations on Nehru (Calcutta Diary, EPW, November 26). (i) "Truth will be out even with an enforced lag of thirty years." Azad's comment is one interpretation of history and does not necessarily qualify as the 'truth'. It is not in fact quite clear that the impugned speech said anything objectionable; I have seen defences of the speech. But leaving that aside, it is possible to argue (and it has been argued) that there were historical forces at work; that the impact, if any, of Nehru's speech was perhaps minor; that it did not change the course of history; and that Jinnah had set in motion forces that were beyond his own comprehension and control. Rajaji had foreseen the inevitability of the partition of the country much earlier.

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