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5 Unanswered Questions
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1 Why did the Buddhist- dominated Chittagong Hill Tracts go to Pakistan when its people wanted to join India? The Indians believe that Mountbatten did this to please Pakistan, but no evidence exists to prove/disprove this.

2 Why did the district of Gurdaspur, which had a (slight) Muslim majority, go to India? The Pakistanis believe that Mountbatten did this to favour India, but no evidence exists to prove/disprove this.

3 Why did Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who drew the lines dividing the two new nations, burn all his papers before departing? Because in those charred remains lay the answers to questions 1 and 2 above, and to many more...

4 Why did Jinnah ask India's first high commissioner in Pakistan to request Nehru to look after his house in Malabar Hill? Did he want to settle in Bombay after retiring as Pakistan's first governor-general?

5 In the last months of his life, having worked for communal harmony in Calcutta and Delhi, Gandhi frequently expressed the desire to go to the riot-torn areas of West Punjab and Sindh. Had he not been assassinated, would he have gone on to live in Pakistan? And this, imagine, while Jinnah lived in Bombay?

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