Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the opposition Congress for partition, dynasty politics and corruption. Indians have long been told that it was the British which was responsible for partition.
Modi made it clear in Parliament that India was divided by the Congress and not by the British. This has been a highly debated issue for several years now.
OneIndia caught up with Air Marshal (retd) B K Pandey to find out more about this. He starts by saying that partition was a blunder and there could have been some course correction undertaken by the Congress when it came to Bangladesh.
According to me the creation of Bangladesh was a strategy blunder, says B K Pandey. It should have been integrated with India instead, he also says. What Modi said was right and that it was the Congress and not the British who partitioned India.
The partition was enforced to ensure that Nehru, Jinnah and Shaikh Abdullah became heads of states. The British had nothing to do with it as has been claimed for long. They were on their way back at the time of partition, he also adds.
In this context, I firmly believe that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was eliminated. He was the only threat to their scheme of things. I do not buy the air crash theory. There was none according to me and Bose was eliminated in Russia. I am sure that there no records to this effect as they may have all been destroyed. Going to Russia is not an option anyone would like to take now as there is this fear that relations may be strained.
While the partition was a blunder in itself, the Congress got a chance to reverse this in 1971. Ideally Bangladesh ought to not have become a separate country. It should have been a part of India, but the government led by Indira Gandhi thought otherwise.