History

Under History, events that happened in the past and personalities that shaped history are discussed.

India after Independence: A New and Divided Nation

India after Independence: A New and Divided Nation

In 1947, India had a population of 345 million. It was split. The high and lower castes, as well as the dominant Hindu population and other religious Indians, were divided. A wide diversity of languages, fashions, cuisines, and occupations were spoken in this large territory. How could they be forced to live in harmony inside one nation? 

Has Iqbal’s Pan Islamism done India more harm than good?

Has Iqbal’s Pan Islamism done India more harm than good?

Iqbal’s Pan Islamism didn’t support hatred towards the Hindus, nor did it aim to promote ill feelings towards the other communities residing in India. However, Iqbal’s love for an Islamic state brought him to a crossroads where he had to choose between a secular nation intertwined with unity and diversity on the one hand and an Islamic state on the other.