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Part of the Great Game?
26 March, 2006, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Pakistan

Acording to a new revelation from Mountbatten's ADC, the creation of Pakistan was part of the famous Great Game. Pakistan was created so as to counter the Communist threat from the north-west:

…the British nurtured the idea of Pakistan as a sort of pro-West
“forward defensive glacis” against the USSR and a potentially
pro-Communist Congress dominated India.

Lord Wavell, being a military commander with a global perspective,
thought that the Soviet Union would threaten the British empire and the
All India Congress would be more prone than the All India Muslim League
to side with the Communists.

Wavell was thinking of the Middle
East and its oil wealth. Linked to this feeling was the strategic
“possibility” that a region within India could be separated to act as
the forward defensive glacis against Communism.

So yet another theory. Pursue the story here.

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Your link didn’t work for me but I found the article you quoted here. Last year I read a similar article in the Times Of India (“Pakistan a British creation“) and one in Express India (“Jinnah: Secular and communal“).

While it’s interesting, it’s all academic now. Pakistan is here and we need to deal with the present problems it faces (and causes).

Comment by pakistanwatch

I havent read the book (it just came out probably), but if I recall correctly Lord Wavell was against the Partition idea.

Second, if India siding with Russia was a possibility, GB would have been better off keeping the country united (and thus countering the socialist trend by Muslim opinion and tendencies). What they did then is incompatible with the theory being advanced.

Finally, there were some *genuine* concerns in Britian about the communal violence and bloodshed. Even Jinnah didn’t have an easy time convincing them about Partition. At the very least, he had to contend with Lord Mountbatten, who himself was pro-Hindu & pro united-India. Therefore, even if GB saw Pakistan as a solution against future socialism threat, it can hardly be seen as the sole motivating factor.

On top of everything, even if Pakistan was in the interest of GB, that does not mean that it was not in the interests of Muslims (or even that we didn’t have to worry about socialism ourselves, for that matter). Hence, simililar interests or stakes do not nullify a legit justification.

All in all – the book seems to be another useless argument. There are tons of similar (weak) theories that try to throw some doubt on the justification behind Pakistan, but I don’t understand how or why they (or these book reviews) make their way to our newspapers. If something with solid research and grave implications comes up, i think it merits a discussion, but so far I think these arguments are just a mainfestation of the desire/urge to say that ‘we should have been united.’ I don’t think this sentiment or the analysis is based on concrete facts and realities – it’s just what any man wants to say about his country with the aid of some conjecturing and theories.

Anyways, just some rough thoughts. .

Comment by Osman




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