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Written by Rosa Colucci on .

With reference to the June 14 letter by Mainak Mazumdar ("Paying a Price"): He refers to the "horrendous act of Great Britain in 1947 for the partitioning of India." But the British government, represented by the viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten, together with Mahatma Ghandi and Jawaharlal Nehru were all in agreement in being strongly opposed to partition. They were forced into it by the intransigence of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who insisted on it -- he evidently wanted to be the big fish in a smaller pond and became governor general of the new Pakistan.

However, I would entirely agree that it was a tragedy -- at the lowest estimate, half a million people perished and 12 million became homeless, it led to a great deal of tension and several wars, and it probably did promote the growth of Islamic fundamentalism.

DIANA M. GALBRAITH
North Point Breeze

 

 

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