The partitioning of India in 1947 is widely noted as a defining moment in the history of the sub-continent. It is possibly still playing itself out over the last seven decades and more, as people of the sub-continent come to terms with who they are and what they stand for. In a wider sense, therefore, a better understanding of the events leading up to the Partition should lead to a better understanding why we are where we are today, or will be in the foreseeable future.
This work attempts to weave together the strands of history from the Vedic times, and those of Gautama Buddha and Bhagwan Mahavira to the Mauryan Empire and later, and even early history of Islam in general, and of Islam in India, and facets of British rule, to provide a context to the core issue of the Partition. It goes on to examine the many circumstances and factors –some known, some poorly known, or plain unknown, which led to that traumatic event. It is tempting to say that the Partition, after all,was a plain sum-total of the effects of these many factors. That would be denying the "balance of evidence", and the relatively higher weightage that ought to be given to some aspects, for the disproportionate role they played in the key period of the 1930s and40s. This, then, is an attempt at all that, on the premise that abetter understanding should lead to a more reasoned and rational acceptance of reality of life on the sub-continent.
A Conflict in Thin Air – A consideration of some aspects of the histories of India, China and Tibet that led to the Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962.
In “A Conflict in Thin Air” the author has attempted to unravel the tangled threads of history of China and Tibet from ancient times, in the 8th century to the 18th and the 20th centuries when there were frequent attempts at domination of Tibet by China and the equal persistence of Tibet in its independence.
Since Independence in 1947, India has faced a multitude of issues connected with economic growth, social change and political development. Political and social thinkers and leaders in the country have spoken out their views and thoughts on many occasions over these years touching upon these subjects. How has the language of political communication and public discourse in the choice of phrase and idiom changed over these 60-odd years and why that is what this work has attempted to unravel.