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A Liberal's Lament

A 'good Muslim' re-examines the dilemmas posed by Partition

A Liberal's Lament
A Liberal's Lament
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To this genre of publication, Rafiq Zakaria, a long-time minister in successive Congress governments of Maharashtra and at one time deputy leader of the Congress in Parliament, has made a notable contribution. His book, The Price of Partition, is remarkable not because it makes any startling new disclosures but for several other reasons. The most important of these is that he has written from the perspective of Partition's worst sufferers—the Muslims in the Hindu-majority provinces of British India, most of whom had fought hard for the creation of Pakistan even when they had absolutely no intention of going there. Indeed, one of the great ironies of the Subcontinent's history over the last half-a-century is that while refugees from Pakistan have done very well for themselves (the word "sharnarthi" has disappeared from the Indian political lexicon), the migrants to Pakistan, still called Mohajirs, are at the receiving end of an extremely vicious fratricidal war.

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