MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh has offered his response to former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah absolving Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the latter's role in the partition of India and the formation of Pakistan.
"Let's not forget that even in the Muslim community, there was a huge population, particularly the Muslim intellectuals who were opposed to the partition."
"A forum came to be formed called the Progressive Writers forum", he said, naming persons who were members, adding that they "vehemently opposed the idea of partition, but it was the political ambition of a handful of leaders of both the sides that led to this."
"Jinnah Saab did not make Pakistan. It's on the record even today that the commission report said that we will not divide India. It was decided that they would have a special representation for Muslims, Sikhs and other minorities, but the country would not be divided. Jinnah accepted this. Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sardar Patel did not agree."
"When this happened, Jinnah started the demand for Pakistan again. There would have been no division. There would have been no Bangladesh or Pakistan, it would be one India. Unfortunately, that mistake happened."