I fail to understand the standpoints of the writer, Majid Sheikh (in The Dawn), and its proponent (in this forum) KI Bajwa. The writer has asserted that he has read Jaswant Singh’s book on Jinnah and the Partition of 1947, but hasn't put his main points for our reflections here; PROBABLEY HE BELIEVES THAT WE ALL ARE MIND-READERS. Without mentioning his views, asking us to "honestly appreciate his views" is so strange.
THE WRITER HAS MADE OUT ONLY,
"the events of 1947, a ‘holocaust’ the sort the world has seldom seen, definitely the largest exodus in human history and one that our elders are still ashamed to discuss openly. For this I condemn my elders, for they have not been truthful about our past. ......... That is why what Jaswant Singh has to say in his book needs much deeper and honest appreciation by all, especially Indians. Sadly, both have their eyes shut tightly to the reality of partition. ........ We must not make the mistake our elders have made. We must confront the truth, and face it for a better future. ......... Hate has an unforgiving element. Inconspicuous references hide a story, often one of pain and suffering. ......... There are thousands like her in Pakistan and India. They are the forgotten people our elders shut their eyes to. That is why preserving the truth of 1947 is critical if we are to claw our way back to normalcy. That is why what Jaswant Singh has to say matters too."
BEING INCAPABLE OF MINDREADING, I FAILED TO GRASP THE FOLLOWING:
1) if KI Bajwa is interested in exposing the whole or some limited truth surrounding the Partioning of India? If it is limited, what part of truth KI Bajwa is trying to expose and why? And if it is the whole one, why have the on-going atrocities on Kashmiries been completely ignored, and just talked about the past atrocities only? Isn't this the ongoing consequences of that truth, the hate politics of 1947? Or, aren't those Kashmiries humans?
2) will that truth, which KI Bajwa is trying to dig out, be accepted by both the parties? If not, how will the truth be settled? Is there any Acid Test for it?
3) Who were/are responsible for hiding, or obstructing the exposition of, the Truth? Were it the Great Two Mobs only or their leaders, media, scholars as well as the international (especially, the British) observers too?
4) Are the two Mobs (one Big with education / strategic / and weapon advantages, and the other Small) equally responsible for the wrongs committed? [in the perspective of the cause and the amount]
5) Is the concealment of the past only problem today -- that our fathers have been put the blame on? Aren't many many officials, leaders, media outlets, and scholars even today deliberately manipulating the truths, in the interest of their nation, even the land-based ethnicities in Pakistan? ................ such as surrounding the Kashmir Problem, forced conversion to Islam of Hindus during the Mughal Period, Intolerant Atrocities on Sikhs by Sultan Auranzaib Alamgeer, Hindi vs Urdu language, The Rights Of The Mohajireen vs The Rights Of The Sons Of The Soil in Pakistan, and the like.
6) As to "We must not make the mistake our elders have made", what mistake the writer is talking about is unclear. Was forwarding Two Nation Theory also a mistake?
I REQUEST ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE FORUM:
Please make "ourbeacon" a beacon forum, not a confusion forum -- by posting emotional materials.