Originally posted by infinite
It's why the British Raj was partitioned into India and Pakistan. When the British went to introduce home rule, no one would agree on what type of
government should be created.
To end the deadlock, the British split the country in two and left. Which wasn't the smartest idea in the world. Muslims went one way, Hindus went
It lead to countless massacres that left millions dead along the way.
And the problem of partition is still present to this day.
Now you see why the British are against the idea of Iraq being partitioned.
Errmm.. its not so simple.
The British Raj accepted partitionand possibly passively supported it for ulterior geo-strategic motives. Namely subduing the rise of such a massive
state with immense resources and geographic span just after WWII; a war that had left most of the developed world weak. The rise of such a state might
lead to another WW in the future which the developed world would not be able to fight.
However the British Raj never 'thrust' the concept of partition upon the people of Colonial India.
The idea of 'Pakistan' was thought up,popularised, and driven through by one 'Mohammed Ali Jinnah' who is known as the founder of Pakistan.
He wanted a 'home' for the entire muslim population of colonial India that would be free of 'Hindu dominance'. It suited the Britsh withdrawal and
its geo-strategic plans for India so they went with it.
The logic was inherent flawed since:
1)Though India had a 80% hindu majority, religion NEVER played a role in determining government policies for the welfare of the people. The Government
was inherently secular at independance and has been so for the most part ever since then.
2)The plan flopped since the majority of muslims decided to stay back in India. Infact those who DID go across, were eventually ostracised by
'native' muslims. The emigrant muslims were called 'Mohajirs' or 'refugees'. This has been the source of internal disturbances in Pakistan ever
Trivia: Musharraf is a 'Mohajir'!
3)The muslim-state mentality has actually been a major contributor in Pakistan's spiral towards becoming a failed state. They can only hope to pull
out of this spiral if they embrace a non-religious/moderate, even secular stance fothe future Pakistan. Again this 'salvation' being a tragic irony
since it will negate the very foundations on which Pakistan was created: A Muslim-State for the muslims of the subcontinent.
An irony which I'm sure frustrates its thinkers,strategists and future planners to no extent. A frustration which they perhaps vent out on their
neighbour: a much more progressive, prosperous and secular nation.
Its the age-old 'younger brother-elder brother' soap-drama being played out on a macroscopic sense. Almost makes you smile if you block out all the
suffering it has caused.