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History Taught In Pakistan
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Mountbatten's role in the partition
http://www.nation.com.pk/daily/Apr-2008/13/columns3.php

M. ASGHAR KHAN
A recently published book, The Secret History of the end of an Empire, by Alex Von Tunzelmann, published in America, throws new light on the intrigues of Lord Louis Mountbatten and the role of Lady Mountbatten during the partition of India. In this book, the author writes about the relations between Jawaharlal Nehru and Lady Mountbatten and the resultant denial to Pakistan of the Muslim majority District of Gurdaspur, providing India with a contiguous border with Kashmir. Pakistan was also thus denied control of major irrigation headworks which created another dispute with India and seriously affected Pakistan's agricultural economy.

The book also throws light on Mountbatten's Naval career when during World War II, he had proved incompetent and during which, as a result, the British Naval force he had commanded, suffered severe losses. He had developed close relationship with the Prince of Wales, Later King Edward VIII and with the British Royal family and thus inspite of his professional incompetence rose to prominence. The author writes that Mountbatten encouraged his wife to develop close relationship with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who persuaded her to play a big role in getting Mountbatten and thus the British government to agree to many of Pandit Nehru's unjustified demands.

As a result of this disgraceful behaviour of Lord Mountbatten and his wife, Pakistan suffered grievously. Pakistan lost Kashmir, many Muslims all over Indian lost their lives and property and Pakistan was denied control of a large share of its water. A long time has now passed but our suffering continues.

Secret and confidential documents are made available to the public by the British government after a lapse of 50 years and some of the evidence of the role of the Viceroy and his wife should be available from a scrutiny of these papers. The Pakistan government should constitute a Committee to scrutinise these documents and collect evidence to substantiate the injustice that was done to Pakistan by mishandling of the partition of India. Much of this is available in London, where these documents can be seen and valuable historical information obtained.
It would be unwise if the government of Pakistan in a misguided desire not to embarrass the British government shies away from taking this step which will put the record straight. Having collected this evidence, we owe it to the millions who suffered because of the role of Britain's Viceroy and his wife, that Pakistan should seek an apology from the British government for the scandalous conduct of her viceroy.
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The accession of Kashmir to India which was facilitated by Mountbatten not only caused Pakistan the loss of thousands of lives and deprived it of water; it also involved India and Pakistan in an endless strife and suffering. In the 60 years that have passed, no end to this problem appears to be in sight and it appears that Pakistan and the Kashmiris will continue to suffer. </span>

Even if we do not get an apology, we would have recorded for posterity, a monumental injustice and the misconduct of the last representative of the British government on the Indian subcontinent. In this the British government has a responsibility and it would be proper if it cooperates in this venture and accepts the misdemeanour of its last representative charged with the responsibility of the peaceful transfer of power to the people of the subcontinent.

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