I have had started reading the memoirs of Parvez Musharraf yesterday and I am quite surprised. It is an autobiography which starts in 1947 when Musharraf was a toddler. It is surprisingly well written in the same manner as professional novelist write. In fact it was better written than memoir of Hillary Clinton titled ‘Hard Choices in which the influence of Hillary and Ghost Writer clearly overlaps and is apparent.
Ghost Writer and Lies:
Musharraf seems to have left the matter entirely in the hands of Ghost Writer. However it does not take away the natural talent of Musharraf to lie and deceptive. Read this paragraph from page 77:
Ahmed Patel breathed his last in the early hours of November 25. He was 71. He was diagnosed with the Chinese virus (Sars Cov-2) on October 1 and was under treatment at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon district of Haryana from November 15.
Ahmed Patel, was called by Frontline magazine as a key strategist, a back-room crisis manager, troubleshooter and anchorman of the Congress. It is an understatement. He was designated as political advisor to Smt. Sonia Gandhi, th President of Congress Party which is a euphemism for a Guru. Frontline Magazine also called him a man with exceptional organisational skills, he was also instrumental in forging coalitions of the most unlikely partners. A case in point is the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra, comprising the Shiv Sena, the Congress, and the the Nationalist Congress Party.
Master of 3 M’s.
These tributes do not do justice to Patel. He was master of three M’s, these being 1) Media, 2) Money and 3) Muslims. He was master manager of media and after his death a few journalists have called him the super-editor of Lutyens Media. His quality was that he never failed to oblige any journalist of any hue. This brought in tremendous results till Arnab Goswami arrived with his Republic TV. Patel is also credited with dirty tricks department of media, which helped the defeat of of BJP government in 2004.
There is a furore over what Ex President of USA Barak Obama has written about Rahul Gandhi in his book, Promised Land. Actually the way he has written, is very dismissive of India. Here is an extract from Chapter 24 of the Book
Most of all, India’s politics still revolved around religion, clan, and caste. In that sense, Singh’s elevation as prime minister, sometimes heralded as a hallmark of the country’s progress in overcoming sectarian divides, was somewhat deceiving. He hadn’t originally become prime minister as a result of his own popularity. In fact, he owed his position to Sonia Gandhi—the Italian-born widow of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and the head of the Congress Party, who’d declined to take the job herself after leading her party coalition to victory and had instead anointed Singh. More than one political observer believed that she’d chosen Singh precisely because as an elderly Sikh with no national political base, he posed no threat to her forty-year-old son, Rahul, whom she was grooming to take over the Congress Party.
India must be the only country where every building is illegal in some way or the other.
Media is aghast at the brazen use of power to demolish the house of Kangana Ranawat [spelled (Ranaut)] by Maharashtra Government in Mumbai. But there is nothing surprising. The word draconian falls short to explain the powers given to Municipal Authorities and the brazen corruption. It must be kept in mind that the most corrupt offices and officers are most loyal to political masters. More on that but first try to understand the practical legal situation about building laws in India.
Here I am using the world ‘illegal’ rather loosely and not strict sense. Therefore it includes enchroachment, irregular, unauthorised, condonable, compundable and all other terms used in Building laws to denote what is not permissible in law.
Sanjay Baru was Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India between 2004-2008 and has written about his tenure in Prime Minister’s Office in his book “Accidental Prime Minister – The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh.” He has also written about the Prime Minister’s residence 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi. (At the time of Baru it was called 7 Race Course Road.) Entry to PMO is narrated by Baru in these words:
“I went to meet Dr Singh on Monday at the prime minister’s sprawling official residence, 7 Race Course Road—7 RCR as it is popularly called—at the edge of Lutyens’ Delhi and bordering diplomatic enclave. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, the security around the PM’s official residence has become so elaborate that entering it is quite an ordeal. The Special Protection Group (SPG), an elite security unit protecting the PM, which was created in 1985 after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, allows in only such visitors whose names have been provided to them by the personal secretary to the PM. After driving through the first gate of the outer compound, visitors alight near the second gate. Only ministers, authorized officials and foreign dignitaries are allowed to drive through the second gate, and get into SPG vehicles that will take them a couple of hundred yards down the road to the PMO. Those less privileged must first walk into a visitors’ room, deposit their mobile phones and be screened by security. Only then are they ferried by the SPG in its fleet of Maruti cars to the Prime Minister’s Office.”
Do you notice the illegalities visible from this very paragraph? I will explain it, but notice this paragraph:
Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru were two competitors made of same cloth. They were both ruthless and kept personal ambition above everything else including human lives. Their speeches always meant nothing. No commitment for anything but flowery phrases and colourful dreams.
Partition of India:
Partition of India on the basis of religion of the population had a precedent. Turkey did it earlier and there was complete exchange of population. Greeks left Turkey and Muslims living in Greece were brought into Turkey.
In 1947 the formal partition of India had to take place in August but from many months earlier killing of Non-muslims started and about a million migrated from (proposed) Pakistan to India. On the other hand except Punjab, the law and order was better in India and very little migration to Pakistan took place but more and more Muslims were gearing up to migrate to Pakistan. In this background Mohammad Ali Jinnah delivered a speech on Radio.
Jinnah talks secularism:
This is the extract of Jinnah’s speech delivered on 11 August 1947: