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October 20th, 2017

Book Review : JINNAH : India-Partition Independence

By Jaswant Singh
Rupa and company
Pages 669, Rs. 695

India-Partition Independence

India-Partition Independence

As I completed the enjoyable navigation through the ponderous, pompous, and pontificatory prose of Jaswant Singh, I was reminded of three other famous writers:

Oscar Wilde: The only duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.

Benedetto Croce: All historiography is contemporary historiography.

Voltaire: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

To put the last quotation in context, Voltaire is said to have said this to Helvetius after his book De l’esprit was burned in 1759.That was 30 years before the French Revolution began. One wonders whether Gujarat under Narendra Modi is in a pre-Revolutionary situation.
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A talk about Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi Society of Ottawa, 1984. Speech during the symposium held on Monday January 30, 1984 at St. Paul University, Ottawa.

It is singularly appropriate that a symposium on Mahatma Gandhi should take place within the precincts of St. Paul University. Gandhi applied the Sermon on the Mount in a large socio-political setting; perhaps the largest in history as far as application of the Sermon is concerned. The Church departed from the Sermon on the Mount fairly soon after she was accepted by the Roman establishment, and, subsequently, propounded the Doctrine of Just War.
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