Did India's leadership hope after partition that Pakistan will eventually rejoin India?

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Did India's leadership hope after partition that Pakistan will eventually rejoin India? Also, if so, when did they drop this belief of theirs?
 

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Did India's leadership hope after partition that Pakistan will eventually rejoin India? Also, if so, when did they drop this belief of theirs?
After all that hardships partition had caused and the animosities thereafter, Indian leadership didn't want to have anything to do with Pakistan. Even today if Bangladesh and Pakistan express interest in rejoining, Indian people would reject it.
 

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After all that hardships partition had caused and the animosities thereafter, Indian leadership didn't want to have anything to do with Pakistan. Even today if Bangladesh and Pakistan express interest in rejoining, Indian people would reject it.
That would be quite understandable given the bloodshed that Pakistan has caused for India and given that it would become much harder for "Hindu nationalists" to get elected in India if India were to annex Pakistan and Bangladesh.
 

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We have a saying in Hindi (I do not remember the whole but the important part, perhaps someone will complete it) - "Dosti door ki bhali" (friendship from afar is better).
At the mement, we are OK with Bangladesh apart from illegal migration from there. But the BD government is not supporting Islamic terrorism and is actively fighting it. That suits us.
For Pakistan, we are OK with the people, but Pakistan Army and ISI is actively anti-India, violates border peace and exports Islamic terrorism. We have contained that with the recent Balakot air-strike and killing of terrorists in Kashmir (108 during this year, some 30 of them being Pakistani nationals). These things do not let friendship go very far.
 
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Congress was not in favour of Partition. Perhaps, and I repeat perhaps, even Britain was not favour of Partition. Only some, not all, Muslims (leaders, political parties, and people) were wanting a separate country of Pakistan.

So the Partition came due to good deal of violent effort on part of these Muslims. There was too much bad blood in the decision to partition and its implementation for any Indian leader to have thought of annuling or reversing the decision. There were three main events:

  • Firstly, was the call for 'Direct Action' which caused great deal of violence. Finally, when Jinnah & Muslim League did not agree to a reasonable compromise, Congress accepted partition since they did not want a weak federation and/or further violence - after all they were the non-violent guys.
  • Secondly, acceptance of Partition was followed with Hindu-Sikh-Muslim riots in which one million people died and ten times that number had to give up their property and move to a new country.
  • Thirdly, there was the war in Kashmir.
After these three in initial years, no one would have thought that reversal of the decision was possible, or even desirable. The main thought in India was taking the country (India) forward on path of economic growth.

Seven decades later, even today, as some members have opined, good number of Indians feel that partition was good riddance. Looking at events in Pakistan - the failure of democracy, the religious fundamentalism / bigotry, nurturing of terrorism - most Indians do not feel impressed with it. In fact, in 1971 even the co-religionists in Bangladesh were extremely upset with Pakistan and Sheikh Muzibur Rahman declared independence of Bangladesh. Today Bangladesh is doing better than Pakistan in terms of democracy as well as economy. From Indian point of view, it is better that Pakistan was & is a separate country.

I may sound rude to members from Pakistan, but this is my genuine opinion.
 
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after a century of hindu politics, partition was virtually inevitable whether congress wanted or didn't want, congress did start its politics as hindu nationalist, it could have remained non sectarian and neutral and it could have bode well for india.

as for pakistan rejoining india, india needs to take care of its own muslim minority who have been subjected to RSS pundit yogi, sadhu govt, i dont think there is any chance of any rejoining.

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Devdas

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Did India's leadership hope after partition that Pakistan will eventually rejoin India? Also, if so, when did they drop this belief of theirs?
Pakistan was started to be seen as an enemy country ever since first Kashmir war flared up in 1947 and the dispute over claiming princely states also increased the enmity. Many Indians see creation of Pakistan as a unfortunate event. But rejoining of Pakistan with India is out of question, both India and Pakistan have very different political and socio-economic system now.
 
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Devdas

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after a century of hindu politics, partition was virtually inevitable whether congress wanted or didn't want, congress did start its politics as hindu nationalist, it could have remained non sectarian and neutral and it could have bode well for india.

as for pakistan rejoining india, india needs to take care of its own muslim minority who have been subjected to RSS pundit yogi, sadhu govt, i dont think there is any chance of any rejoining.

regards
Many Hindus believe congress was too much into appeasing Muslims. Infact, Congress was/is a Left-Leaning party not much into religious ideology, calling it as a Hindu party is not an authentic claim, the Muslim League and later Pakistani governments created a fake perception of Indian national Congress as a Hindu party to justify their existence.

Pakistan better stop worrying about Indian Muslims, Pakistan itself witnessed a failed assimilation of North Indian origin Muhajirs who are often mocked as Hindustani (Indians aka the enemy) and lots of Bihari Muhajirs still lives as refugees in Bangladesh because Pakistan don't want them and their arrival in Pakistan would lead to widespread rioting by Sindhis, while they face the brunt of siding with Pakistan in Pakistani civil war.
 
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