|Vol. IV, No. 9 23 Aswin 2007, October 9 1950, Annas Four – Air Mail-/4/6
Bombay Strike An Election Stunt
Resignations from Socialist Party
Mr. B. P. Sinha, General Secretary of the All-India Kisan Mazdoor Mine-workers’ Federation, has severed his connection with the Socialist Party. Four other prominent Socialists working in the coal-field area, namely, Messrs. A.N. Jha, C.N. Jha, S.N. Jha, and I.H. Khan, have also resigned their membership of the Socialist Party. They have issued a joint statement saying that for the last one year, “It has become impossible to continue in the Party due to intense party faction, personal jealousies and race for power-grabbing.”
The statement characterises the Bombay textile workers’ strike as an “ELECTION STUNT” and adds, “The stand taken by the party in respect to the Nehru-Liaqat Pact, the Korean war and other important national issues has been thoroughly misleading and vicillating.”
Lake Success, Oct. 2.
Sir Mohammed Zafrullah Khan, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, said yesterday that United Nations Forces should press on into North Korea because the 38th Parallel never was recognized as a boundary.
It is felt that this opinion is a Pak bribe to U.S.A. to view Dixon Report as Pakistan would have it.
Mountbatten Trapped Congress
—Says Tandon, Calcutta Oct. 2
Addressing a gathering of 2,00,000 people on the Maidan on Gandhi Jayanti Day, Shri Tandon said that the Lucknow Pact of 1916, providing separate electorate for Muslims, was a blunder of the highest magnitude, and since then Hindu-Muslim relations changed their complexion step by step, leading to the partition of the country. This mistake, he said, gave a convenient handle to the Muslim League to preach a hymn of hate against the Hindus, Hindu leadership and the Hindu culture.
The leaders of the country made yet another mistake by asking the Muslim League in 1947 to join Government at the centre with a view to serving the country hand in hand. The League members entered with a vengeance to wreck the arrangements by opposing all moves tooth and nail. Ultimately the British efforts secceeded and the leadership was dazed and still hoped that by partitioning the country they could live at peace.
The Congress leaders thought it would expedite the attainment of freedom. They forgot that freedom would have been achieved any how. If partition were not accepted the attainment of freedom might have been delayed for a few years only, and THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY CONSIDERATION FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF PARTITION, SHRI TANDON ARGUED.
“TO ME IT APPEARS, THE BHARATIYA LEADERSHIP GOT ENTANGLED INTO THE TRAP LAID BY LORD MOUNTBATTEN. MAHATMA GANDHI WAS AGAINST THIS ARRANGEMENT. I ALSO RAISED MY DISSENTIENT VOICE BUT WITH NO RESULT,” SHRI TANDON SAID.
One Nation : One Culture
Urging the Muslims to think themselves as sons of the soil, the Congress President said that they should understand once for ever that there was no place in Bhaat for different cultures nor for the two-nation theory. Culture and religion were separate and could not be mixed. This was the only solution that would lead to Hindu-Muslim unity, he asserted. n