Aug 082012

With expert timing, I will not be poised over this blog on the day that my second book is launched. If you have come here because of it, have a look around. Not everything on this site is equally polished, but I think there are things lying around here that might be of some interest to those with any curiosity about history.

I have given an interview to The Times of India about the book, but I keep thinking of things I could have said, or said better. I will add just a couple here.

1. After writing the book, I was more convinced than ever that India could do with less religion in her politics, not more. This was actually part of the thinking of both Jinnah and Gandhi at certain points. How this got away from both of them, in different ways, is explained in the book.

2. I believe that Jinnah did not ‘change’ in any great way throughout his career, except once in the limited area of tactics, after he despaired, in around 1937, of fair dealing from the Hindu majority in India. He was never a religious man, but he always wanted to protect and promote the political rights of his own community, and he did this throughout his life. There was never any deviation from this main objective. Trying to find two Jinnahs is a mistake. There was only one, who moved slowly across a spectrum of anti-colonial nationalism, from broad optimism to narrow pessimism.

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