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The world's history is punctuated by slogans. They fuel revolutions, prop up tyrants, maintain status quo and often blind perfectly sane people. The only thing they have in common is that they create a lot of noise and usually kill a hell a lot of people.
Nirad Chaudhri in his ‘Autobiography of An Unknown Indian’ had an interesting take on the subject. Here's what he has to say,
“When I see the gigantic catastrophe of Hindu-Muslim discord of these days I am not surprised, because we as children held the tiny mustard seed in our hands and sowed it very diligently. In fact, this conflict was implicit in the very unfolding of our history, and could hardly be avoided. Heaven preserve me from the dishonesty, so general among Indians, of attributing this conflict to British rule, however much the foreign rulers might have profited by it. Indeed they would have been excusable only as gods, and not as man the political animal, had they made no use of the weapon so assiduously manufactured by us, and by us also put into their hands. But even then they did not make use of it to the extent they might easily have done. This, I know, is a very controversial thesis, but I think it can be very easily proved if we do not turn a blind eye to the facts of our history.”