By S. Akhtar Ehtisham
This sweeping narrative sketches the political and monetary realities of the earlier fifty years whereas tracing an eventful lifestyles from the turmoil following the partition of India and the production of Pakistan to the current day. Discussing politics, govt guidelines, and renowned events, Dr. Ehtisham exhibits how countries in addition to person lives are formed via old occasions, fiscal alterations, spiritual fundamentalism, classification structures and racial divides. via his personal event as a physician and sanatorium director, he compares the complex social defense internet nation of the post-war united kingdom with regimes which are decided to determine humans "stand on their lonesome toes" — even if the commercial procedure has already minimize them off on the knees.
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In 1 My Nana (mother’s father) worked for the system and was highly respected by the rulers. 35 A Medical Doctor Examines Life on Three Continents - A Pakistani View addition there were tiny Portuguese and French possessions, which did not fall in the equation of British-Indian negotiations. The Independence of India act passed by the British parliament contained the provision that major rulers could a) remain independent b) accede to India c) accede to Pakistan. The legislation provided that the desires of the population were to be taken into account.
A majority of the seats in both houses were to be filled by elected representatives. But suffrage was restricted to the elite, few in number, who could be, and were, easily manipulated. And if this assuredly supine body were to raise its head, it could simply be dissolved. In 1935 yet another Government of India act was promulgated. It proposed to transfer some political authority to provincial legislature, but the governors retained wide discretionary powers to dissolve the legislature and dismiss the cabinet under section 93 A.
He had no problem fusing principle with pragmatism. He was staunchly anti-fascist. So was Nehru. But the latter had misjudged the will of the British. If the Congress had followed the lead of Subhash Bose and had developed a guerrilla force, it might have been able to bend the British to their will. But ahimsa (non-violence) is no match for guns when the wielder of the gun is prepared and determined to use it ruthlessly. 28 Chapter 3. Negotiations for Transfer of Power and Partition In the early days of World War II, activism was in a state of suspended animation on the political front in India.