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‘Transfer of Power’ Not ‘Independence’ gained by India in 1947:
As we move towards India’s 75th year of ‘Independence’, we need to ask ourselves: Did we really achieve ‘Independence’ in 1947? Are we really independent even now, in the era of ‘Superpowers’, ‘United Nations’, ‘Neo-Colonialism’, the ‘New World Order’ and the West’s constant belligerant foreign policies towards India?
What we received in 1947 was ‘Transfer of Power’ from the British to ‘Brown Sahibs’ government alongwith a ‘Dominion’ status to pay ‘allegiance to the British Crown’.
Transfer of power implies that one has to carry on the same similar rules, laws, method of functioning, and in some problems consult the power who handed you some of their power.
Now, what ‘Transfer’ of what ‘Power’ one may ask?
‘Power’ for symbolic independence to please the fed-up Indians. To have own elections and choose our own ‘Indian’ representatives, build our own institutions and fill the British model/imported bureaucracy to be filled with Indians only now. No ‘Goras’ roaming around or governing us. That’s the ‘power’ we got.
However, the mentality, the mindset, Constitution, political strategies, bureaucracy and institutions we received or retained of the British are still here and still stink of the British and Mughal policies.
Infact, the Congress and the Marxists, who became the new English-speaking brown sahibs/elites were still enjoying this status almost up until 1960, with many government departments including the Intelligence Bureau taking briefs from the British.
This also explains why Nehru had began a covert systematic dismantling of the Armed Forces from 1947 till the Chinese invaded in 1962 and served a wake up call!
Why 15th August?
Do you know why Lord Mountbatten decided the date of Aug 15 for transfer of power to India? Because it was on this day (Aug 15, 1945) that the Japanese Army in the Second World War surrendered before him. So we Indians basically cheer for Mountbatten’s victory every Aug 15th in India!
So, having said all this, it is safe to say that, the myth of ‘Indian Independence Day’ is a carefully constructed narrative started by Nehru/Congress to fool the majority. With all the nationalists dead, killed, exiled or retired, the “freedom movement” was firmly in the hands of the British colonial administration and the British Parliament. And the “collaborators” gave the appearance of sustained negotiations, which was time enough for the British to come up with a strategy that would work to their advantage and to the long term benefit of their stooges here.
Radcliffe Line – The line that divided India into 3 parts:
The Partition line was drawn by a British officer who had never visited India, on paper on our country
which cut the very hearts and bodies of our people on the ground. Rivers of blood flowed on every dot of
that cursed ‘Radcliffe Line’ just because Mountbatten and other Britishers wanted it that way.
It was named after its architect, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who, as chairman of the Border Commissions, was
charged with equitably dividing 175,000 square miles of territory with 88 million people. The line
separates India and Pakistan from the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat till international border in Jammu in
Jammu & Kashmir.
It divided India into three parts, India, East Pakistan and West Pakistan.
Yes, today, the line was drawn by a British with considerable loopholes which till date are a bone of
contention between the two nuclear-armed countries marked the fate of millions or rather billion and a
half people living in two countries.
Riots, rapes, mass murder, the exodus of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs from India and Pakistan to the land
of their religious affiliation and later the war over Kashmir in 1947 paved way for a seemingly unending
hatred and mistrust between two neighbours.
Radcliffe left India the day after he drew the line separating India from Pakistan, never returning to see
how the country changed after partition. It’s also believed that he refused the take 3000 pound as fee
and agreed to draw the lines.
Given just over a month to execute the job, all he had on hand were some census reports and some
maps. He and his team demarcated the border on the basis of religious demography.
When the Radcliffe line was made official and publically announced on 17 August 1947, the communal
riots were at their peak.
To make an ‘impartial’ decision, the British chose English Barrister Sir Cyril Radcliffe to draw the
boundary that would demarcate the Punjab and Bengal provinces. Radcliffe had never visited British
India or written about it ever in his professional life as a lawyer.
He virtually had no knowledge of the subcontinent, which was why he was chosen as somebody who’d
make an ‘unbiased’ decision. He was given two Muslim and Hindu lawyers each to help in the task.
According to records, Radcliffe barely knew where Punjab and Bengal were, yet he accepted the job as a
man with a deep sense of duty.
“…He got down to work, to the task of settling the fate
Of millions. The maps at his disposal were out of date
And the Census Returns almost certainly incorrect,
But there was no time to check them, no time to inspect..”
-WH Auden’s Partition
The first mention of Muslim representation in Congress came up in around 1890. Jinnah was a part of
the Congress and was highly qualified. He was an Atheist who smoked, drank alcohol and even ate pork
which is against Islam. He wasn’t a herdliner Islamist as portrayed.
He did not create Pakistan because he wanted an Islamic republic of Pakistan, with Blasphemy law. He
wanted Pakistan to be a secular country.
Contrary to general assumption, he was not religious at all. To celebrate Independence of Pakistan on
14th of August, he had an elaborate lunch planned totally oblivious of the fact that, it was the month of
He wanted religion to be totally separate from government. It is an irony that he crested Pakistan in the
name of religion. He said in his famous 21th August speech that “State of Pakistan has nothing to do
with your religion.”
The book ‘Jinnah of Pakistan’ By Stanley Wolpert. This well acknowledged book has a confirmed
reference of him eating pork occassionally:
”As we were drinking our coffee and enjoying our sausages, in came an old, bearded Muslim with a
young boy of about ten years of age, probably his grandson. They came and sat down near Jinnah. It
was obvious that they had been directed from Town Hall… I then saw the boy’s hand reaching out slowly
but irresistibly towards the plate of pork sausages. After some hesitation, he picked up one, put it in his
mouth, munched it and seemed to enjoy it tremendously. I watched this uneasily… After some time they
left and Jinnah turned to me, and said angrily: “Chagla, you should be ashamed of yourself.” I said: ”
What did I do?” Jinnah asked: “How dare you allow the young boy to eat pork sausages?” I said: “Look,
Jinnah, I had to use all my mental faculties to come to a quick decision. The question was: should I let
Jinnah lose his election or should I let the boy go to eternal damnation? I chose in your favour.”- M.C.
Chagla’s ‘Roses in December’, as quoted in ‘Jinnah of Pakistan’ by Stanley Wolpert
President/General Zia tried to convince Wolpert to censor these parts of his book so that it could be
mandatory reading for undergraduate students in Pakistan’s universities, which also meant making millions off the book for the author. Wolpert refused. They then approached his daughter, Dina, in New
York. She refused to oblige.
As a confirmed secularist Jinnah was completely against the use of Hindu and Muslim religious
terminology adopted by Gandhi to mobilize the populace. He was opposed not only to the use of
references to Hindu idioms such as Ram Rajya but even more strongly to the Khilafat movement that he
scorned as antediluvian. He warned Gandhi that the use of religious idioms to mobilize people against
British rule would lead to perpetual division between Hindus and Muslims and jeopardize the unity of
India. He refused to refer to the leader of the Khilafat movement Muhammad Ali (who was one of MK
Gandhi’s favourites) as “Maulana” for which he was hooted down at the Nagpur session of the Congress
in 1920 and left in disgust. This, alongwith other reasons was the immediate reason why he resigned
from the Congress. The other reason was Gandhi’s huge ego issues with anyone who did not bow down
before him, which ultimately led to that dissenter’s elimination/alienation from Congress…remember
Subhash Chandra Bose?
Both his partisans and his critics tend to forget that Jinnah was opposed to separate electorates when
they were first introduced because he felt they would divide Indians on religious lines.
So, coming back to Jinnah associating with the Muslim League, Gandhiji suggested that there should be
a separate representative for Muslims but Jinnah opposed it saying that religion cannot be the basis of
forming a party as religion and politics should never be mixed. Jinnah was also opposed to the Muslim
League party but was eventually forced by the circumstances created egoistically by the Gandhi-Nehru
duo into joining the Muslim league to represent Indian Muslims. Even then, Jinnah still suggested as per
Clement Atlee’s proposal that India need not be partitioned as the Muslim league can work with the
Congress by having two cabinets under the Indian Government with political autonomy being given to
Punjab and Bengal. But Nehru rejected the proposal for reasons best known to him and Gandhi. This
was now to become a full blown ego issue between Jinnah and Nehru.
As time passed and Congress became the clear winner in the forthcoming election,people supporting
Jinnah started to use the Religion card before alongwith the slogan that Islam is in danger. Muslims all
over India united against the Congress and strongly protested. This was the time when two nation theory
was proposed by Muslim leaders.
At the end of World War II it was clear that Britishers would be leaving India and the Soviet Union had a
deep influence in Indian Subcontinent. So, in order to check the Soviet Forces in the future as well, the
Britishers needed a military base in the Indian Subcontinent. Thats when Britishers decided to help
Jinnah to form a different country on the basis of religion for the very reason to use them as military base
against Soviet forces in the long-term.
The first Democratic election of India in 1946 had the Muslim league come out as a major winner in
Muslim majority area of Sindh,Punjab and Bengal Province and it started demanding for a different
Muslims all over the country started protesting and it became violent. Congress had to take a decision to
avoid India being divided into many parts instead of two. Hence due to its laxity and ego issues, the
Congress finally fell prey to the tactics of Britishers and pressure from Muslim League and agreed to the
What Nehru did with Kashmir is also for everyone to see till date! Those were his political skills along
with no understanding of economy or economic issues, leave alone nation building. His unsuccesful and
disastrous experiments and obsession with Socialism mode of economy and village development are
As Prof Kapil Kapoor summed up in one of his lectures that on record Gandhi and Nehru once said that
“Partition would take place over our dead bodies.” But when the partition happened, the dead bodies
were of innocent Punjabis and Bengalis, not of Nehru or Gandhi.
Not Jinnah alone but Nehru,Gandhiji ,Britishers and circumstances led to the formation of Pakistan.
When we look back, we must analyse that what were those freedom fighters and all those whether tribal, rural or urban, what were they made of? What did they demand? The vigour and agression they fought with whether the Mughals or the British began to wane with every passing ‘leader’ that we received/imposed on us – Gandhi and Nehru are biggest examples of this.
Where did we go haywire and chose anything and anyone to take decisions on our behalf and follow them blindly?
We have suffered 75 years of ‘Brown Sahib and Madam’ rule on us and still stand up with a new hope in our heart and mind to make things better for our future generations.
We have new enemies now, internal and external. We are fighting a different battle now of information warfare on top of that. We need to keep fighting back always!
We need to remain alert and aware always and stand up for ourselves and for Maa Bhaarati and make our country and ancestors proud.
As Meenakshi Sharan always urges all of us to mark 15th Aug by saying a silent prayer and perform Shraddh on September 25th for your ancestors who were victims of the Partition and the politics associated with it. It is our Pitra rin – To never forget and never forgive.
Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah.
1.The Multiple Facets of Muhammad Ali Jinnah: https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/opinion-the-multiple-facets-of-muhammad-ali-jinnah/360961
2. Partition Horrors Remembrance Day – The Partition: Gandhi-Nehru-Jinnah-Patel | Kapil Kapoor: https://youtu.be/7mD9X7FE8k4
3. The Election That Created Pakistan: https://www.dawn.com/news/1105473
4. Khilafat Leader and Congress President Muhammad Ali boycotting ‘Vande Mataram’ as ‘Haraam’ in 1923 Congress Kakinada session – https://www.boloji.com/articles/7234/to-reject-vande-mataram-is-no-treason-4
5. INDIA (TRANSFER OF POWER) 03 June 1947 – Working-out of the Cabinet Mission’s Plan of 16th May, 1946, and evolve for India a constitution acceptable to all concerned.
6. Significance of celebrating India’s Independence Day on August 15 https://www.dnaindia.com/explainer/report-dna-explainer-significance-of-celebrating-india-independence-day-on-august-15-viceroy-lord-mountbatten-world-war-ii-japan-surrender-2904747
7. How a man who had never visited India got the task of ‘drawing’ lines of Partition https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/aug/15/how-a-man-who-had-never-visited-india-got-the-task-of-drawing-lines-of-partition-2183402.html
8. How Jinnah lost his love, and political relevance ..
9. The Nehruvian Nightmare: Why Nehru Acted Like A Bloated Brown Sahib Who Distrusted Hindus And Hinduism
10. The end of ‘Khilafat’: How the Gandhi supported movement unleashed the beast of Islamic fanaticism