Former RSS Chief Has Word of Praise for Jinnah, too

Former chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) K Sudarshan has said that Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had “many facets” and was once committed to a unified India.

Talking to media persons in Indore on Monday, Sudarshan said: “There were many facets to Jinnah. If you read history correctly, he was with Tilak and was committed to a unified India. If (Mahatma) Gandhi had insisted that Partition would not happen, then it wouldn’t have happened.”

He was responding to a query if Jinnah was secular.

Sudarshan said that Gandhi initiated the Khilafat movement because he believed that would be a fight against the British and Muslims will support it.

“But at that time, Jinnah opposed it saying that if the Caliph in Turkey has been dethroned what has India got to do with it,” said Sudarshan, a former sarsanghachalak of RSS.

“Then nobody listened to him. This saddened him. So he quit the Congress and left for England and only returned in 1927,” he said.

Sudharshan said that senior politician Jaswant Singh expulsion from BJP was “an internal matter of the party.”

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