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India's Muslims and the price of partition

Some of the League's fears in the 1930s and '40s have returned to haunt Muslims in Modi's India

Ajaz Ashraf | NYT 

Seventy years after independence, India’s Muslim population has begun to fear that the dark fantasies of the Muslims led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League in the 1930s and 1940s — who fought for the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan as a homeland for the subcontinent’s Muslims — could well be coming true. The Muslim League, a party established by Muslim landlords and the educated middle class, claimed that it alone had the right to represent Muslims and their interests. This brought it into conflict with the Indian National Congress ...

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First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 09:43 IST