By S. Akhtar Ehtisham
This sweeping narrative sketches the political and financial realities of the prior fifty years whereas tracing an eventful lifestyles from the turmoil following the partition of India and the construction of Pakistan to the current day. Discussing politics, govt guidelines, and well known routine, Dr. Ehtisham indicates how countries in addition to person lives are formed through historic occasions, fiscal adjustments, non secular fundamentalism, classification platforms and racial divides. via his personal adventure as a physician and clinic director, he compares the complicated social security internet country of the post-war united kingdom with regimes which are decided to determine humans "stand all alone ft" — even if the industrial procedure has already minimize them off on the knees.
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The Muslim League stuck to its assertion that it represented all the Muslims of India and should be allowed to nominate all Muslim members of the cabinet. Represent as it did a considerable number of Muslims, the Congress would not accept that and forego claim to its secularnationalist status. The Viceroy went ahead with cabinet making, with the understanding that if and when the Muslim League changed its mind, it would be offered at least two major portfolios. The League, left out in the cold, agreed to join under the face-saving formula that they would be able to nominate a nonMuslim member of the cabinet.
The legally valid claims that unfettered sovereignty had been restored to the states were thrown overboard by the British government. Mountbatten did go through the charade of calling a Durbar of the native rulers and affirming that Her Majesty’s government would stand by them, but advised that reality on the ground dictated that they strike a deal with one of the succeeding governments. Most of the states, surrounded by Indian or Pakistani territory acceded to India or Pakistan. Hyderabad and Junagarh, both with a Muslim prince and largely Hindu population, decided to opt for independence.
The crown took over from East India Company, a conglomerate of British feudal/ industrial/mercantile interests. The British government now directly ruled India and Victoria became its Empress. The rulers, more cautious now, made special efforts to develop a comprador class, and started giving subordinate administrative, judicial, police and non-commissioned officer jobs in the army to Indians. The occasional senior job that an Indian got was based not on merit but on the genealogy of their sponsors.