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The Ghost Of A Missed Chance

A few errors in Prof Hassan's conclusions

The Ghost Of A Missed Chance
The Ghost Of A Missed Chance
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In the course of an otherwise perceptive commentary on the recent confused party alignments in Uttar Pradesh ( Outlook December 13, 1995), Professor Mushirul Hasan recalls the negotiations for a coalition ministry in this state in 1937, and draws comparisons and lessons which are rather far-fetched. His conclusion that the failure of the negotiations between the Congress and the Muslim League was due to "excessive ambition combined with opportunism" on the part of the Congress is questionable, and would not stand a critical examination. The political situation in 1937 was much more complex than he makes out.

In the general elections, the Congress won absolute majorities in six out of 11 provinces, and was the largest party in two other provinces. The Muslim League, led by Jinnah, however, met with an electoral disaster. It won 39 out of 107 Muslim seats in Bengal; two out of 87 Muslim seats in the Punjab; three out of 33 Muslim seats in Sindh. It did not win a single Muslim seat in the legislatures of Bihar, the Central Provinces, Orissa and the North West...

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