A Medical Doctor Examines Life on Three Continents, A by S. Akhtar Ehtisham

By S. Akhtar Ehtisham

This sweeping narrative sketches the political and monetary realities of the prior fifty years whereas tracing an eventful existence from the turmoil following the partition of India and the production of Pakistan to the current day. Discussing politics, govt guidelines, and renowned hobbies, Dr. Ehtisham exhibits how international locations in addition to person lives are formed via old occasions, financial alterations, non secular fundamentalism, classification platforms and racial divides. via his personal adventure as a physician and clinic director, he compares the complex social protection web nation of the post-war united kingdom with regimes which are made up our minds to determine humans "stand all alone ft" — even if the industrial approach has already lower them off on the knees.

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The League wanted the Home (control over police and security agencies) and Defense ministries. Patel would not relinquish the Home Ministry. Nehru had given Defense to a Sikh leader, Sirdar Baldev Singh, whose support was critical, as other Sikh leaders especially Master Tara Singh, were flirting with Jinnah. Being a novice at governance, Patel urged his party to offer the Finance portfolio to the League. Nehru and the rest of the congress high command, equally innocent of administrative experience, went along.

They should remember that China, perhaps a worse victim of warlordism than India, forged far ahead after breaking the shackles of a foreign overlord. That the British bequeathed a representative government to India is a carefully nurtured myth. For nearly ninety years after the British victory at Plassey in 1757, there was no legislature. The 1853 Charter Act established a Legislative council. But to call it a representative body would be a cruel joke on Indians. All the members were appointed.

Alienation of Indians to the British had reached new heights and was exhibited whenever it could be. Josh Maleehabadi, by popular acclamation hailed as Shari-e-Inqilab — Poet of the revolution, announced that he had written a new poem and invited people for a public recitation. Tens of thousands flocked to the poet’s home in Lucknow. Not many among them understood plain Urdu, much 1 Subhas Bose advocated militant resistance to the Raj. Elected to the presidentship of the Congress, he antagonized Gandhi and got elected to a second term against the latter’s wishes.

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